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REPORT: Morecambe 2-1 Cheltenham Town

5 August 2017

Match Reports

REPORT: Morecambe 2-1 Cheltenham Town

5 August 2017

Cheltenham suffered opening day defeat at the hands of Morecambe as a Garry Thompson double handed the Shrimps all three points.

Playing into the wind first half, Cheltenham set up in the 3-5-2 formation with Jerell Sellars playing just behind Mohamed Eisa and Danny Wright.

Andrew Fleming had the best chance of the first ten minutes when he saw his effort drilled wide in a decent position.

Cheltenham’s attempts to get into the game mainly came through Jerell Sellars, whose pace was crucial on the counter-attack.

Kevin Ellison had the ball in the net for the Shrimps but the referee spotted a foul on Grimes, and it was brought back for the foul.

The Robins found their feet through the form of Eisa and Sellars who combined their speed and skill to create an opening for Atangana but he was prevented at the back post by Kenyon.

Dean Winnard was the first name in the book as he scythed down Eisa. Eisa was on the ground again as Lund mistimed a tackle and was pulled up for a free kick, much to the annoyance of the Shrimps fans.

Cheltenham’s pressure eventually told. Storer’s free kick was met by Forster who, from the floor, forced the ball to Eisa who prodded home for his first ever Football League goal.

Unchanged going into the second half, the onus was on Cheltenham to defend the lead and hit Morecambe on the counter-attack.

However, Cheltenham nearly made it 2-0 as Jamie Grimes’ volley stung the post. Nigel Atangana was then booked for stopping a Morecambe counter-attack in an eventful start to the half.

Morecambe equalised through Thompson, after he slotted home from Wildig’s pass across goal. A goal out the blue in a blistering counter-attack.

Morecambe could have turned the game on its head minutes later but Jon Flatt was equal to Vadaine Oliver’s fierce effort from close range.

Morecmabe made the first change in the game as Rhys Turner replaced Kevin Ellison.

The game then turned scrappy, with neither side able to impose themselves on it. Boyle went close for the Robins near the end after good work from Cranston.

However, Morecambe won the game in the 90th minute as Thompson arrived at the back post to slam home to make it 2-1.

A bitterly disappointing way to finish the game, which the Robins shaded.

Thank you for your support, we hope to see you away at Oxford on Tuesday in the first round of the Carabao Cup.

 

Morecambe FC: Roche; Lund, Winnard, Kenyon, Brough; Rose, Fleming; Wildig (Campbell 86); Oliver, Thompson (Lavelle 90+3), Ellison (Turner 72).

 

Cheltenham Town FC: Flatt; Forster, Grimes, Boyle, Winchester, Cranston; Atangana (Holman 90+3), Storer; Sellars; Eisa, Wright


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