Morecambe 2-0 Lincoln City
Sky Bet League One
The Mazuma Stadium
Tuesday 28 September 2021
Attendance: 3,466 (241 away)
Goals from Cole Stockton and defender Scott Wootton wrapped up three points for the Shrimps against last season’s Sky Bet League One Play-Off Finalists.
Stockton found the net from 25-yards in the second half, which was followed up by Wootton who struck after profiting from an Alfie McCalmont free-kick.
It was somewhat of a first half without too many clear-cut chances.
The first real chance of the game came on the 18th minute after some good pressing work from Phillips saw him win the ball back in the Imps’ area, but his square ball to Arthur Gnahoua had too much on it and was cleared by the retreating defence.
The only chance of the first period for the visitors was a curling effort from 25-yards by Anthony Scully which sailed well over the crossbar.
Five minutes shy of the break, the Shrimps came close to opening the scoring, a lovely drilled ball across the box from Stockton was flicked just wide by Gnahoua.
Half-time: Morecambe 0-0 Lincoln City
The game quickly sprung into life in the second half, Dan N’Lundulu should have opened the scoring for the visitors, but a stunning one-on-one save by Kyle Letheren kept the score on level terms.
Moments later, up stepped that man Stockton to bring this game to life.
Upon receiving the ball with his back to goal, Stockton turned and unleashed a rasping effort, catching Josh Griffiths flat-footed and netting his effort from 25-yards out, a sign of a man full of confidence.
On the 73rd minute, the hosts came close to adding a second - a corner from McCalmont found the head of Anthony O’Connor at the far post but as Toumani Diagouraga was about to head home, an Imps clearance saved the day.
As we approached the final 10 minutes of the game, it was put beyond doubt when centre-back Wootton notched his first goal of the season.
A free-kick from McCalmont found Wootton in the box, and there was the big man to fire home from close range.
From goalscoring to goal-saving, Wootton was there as firm as ever to deny a Teddy Bishop header on the line.
Substitute Callum Jones came close on two occasions, but the young midfielder could not find the back of the net with two of his efforts.
Full-time: Morecambe 2-0 Lincoln City
We are on the road in our next League One fixture as we travel to Wycombe Wanderers.
Morecambe: Letheren, Gibson, O’Connor (C), McDonald (Delaney 76’), Diagouraga, Stockton, Phillips (Jones 63’), McCalmont, McLaughlin, Gnahoua (Ayunga 82’), Wootton.
Subs not used: Andresson, Mensah, McPake, Cooney.
Goals: Stockton 53’, Wootton 79’
Bookings: McLaughlin 55’
Red cards: None
Lincoln City: Griffiths, Poole, Montsma, Scully, Adelakun (Bishop 45’), Fiorini, N’Lundulu (Longdon 76’), Sarensen (Bramall 65’) , Eyoma, Bridcutt (C), Robson.
Subs not used: Long, Jackson, Sanders, Gallagher.
Red cards: None