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Report | Morecambe 1 Forest Green Rovers 1

11 February 2023

Morecambe made it nine games unbeaten at the Mazuma Stadium on Saturday afternoon, drawing 1-1 with Forest Green Rovers.

Stockton’s late equaliser cancelled out Jahmari Clarke's header earlier in the second half, meaning the points were shared between the two sides.

Ash Hunter produced the first chance of the game after taking a shot from within the box in the second minute.

A strong defensive effort in the first ten minutes kept the visitors at bay, Dynel Simeu cutting out a chance from a corner, clearing the ball well.

Rovers' first big chance came from a free kick; The ball was fired towards goal, but a magnificent diving save by Connor Ripley kept the score level.

The Shrimps looked to nick one before the break, Jensen Weir delivering the ball into the box, but Rovers 'keeper Ross Doohan claimed posession.

Half time: Morecambe 0 Forest Green Rovers 0

Weir carved out the first chance of the second half after closing down on goal from the right, but Doohan saved at the near post. 

Moments later, the ball was played into the Morecambe box and Oliver Casey rose highest, But Ripley was ready and waiting to collect the header. 

The Shrimps thought they opened the scoring on the hour mark; Liam Shaw's strike from distance proving too hot to handle and Stockton was on hand to prod home the rebound, however the goal was ruled out for offside.

With ten minutes to go, the visitors sent the ball into the box from a corner, Brandon Cooper eventually finding Clarke who headed the ball home from close range. 

Morecambe continued to press forwards and were rewarded on 89 minutes, Stockton latching onto Ripley's long punt forward before putting together a nice one-two with Michael Mellon and striking fiercly into the back of the net. 

It was nearly a late winner for the home side, Michael Mellon shot across Doohan's goal, only to see his effort sail narrowly wide. 

Full-time: Morecambe 1 Forest Green Rovers 1

Morecambe: Ripley, Love (Cooney, 20’, Mayor, 46’), Gibson, Rawson, Crowley, Stockton, Hunter (Austerfield, 74’), Weir, Bedeau, Shaw (Mellon, 74’), Simeu.

Subs not used: Smith, Delaney, Gnahoua.

Goals: Stockton (89’).

Bookings: None.

Red cards: None.

Forest Green Rovers: Doohan, O’Keefe (McAllister, 58’), Bernard, McGeouch, Casey, Garrick (Omoyote, 68’), Robson, Bakayoko (Clarke, 68’), Cooper, Peart-Harris, Onyango (Stevenson, 21’).

Subs not used: Thomas, Cargill, McCann.

Goals: Jahmari (80’).

Bookings: Omoyote (79’), Peart-Harris (88’).

Red cards: None.

Attendance: 4,563 (211 away).


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