Bamber Bridge 0-3 Morecambe

Burnley youngster Daniel Agyei in action for Morecambe against Bamber Bridge. Picture: Paul Heyes

Burnley youngster Daniel Agyei in action for Morecambe against Bamber Bridge. Picture: Paul Heyes

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Two late goals from Cole Stockton helped Morecambe to a comfortable win at Bamber Bridge in their opening friendly on Tuesday night.

Alex Kenyon had seen a cross deflected in to open the scoring early in the second half before Tranmere loanee Stockton struck twice.
Morecambe, who fielded eight different trialists before the night was out, made a bright start with Aaron Wildig crashing a shot off the underside of the bar inside five minutes.
The chances kept coming, trialists Michael Rose, an experienced defender or midfielder most recently of Rochdale, and Ryan Croasdale, a Lancaster-born midfielder formerly of Preston and Sheffield Wednesday, both firing narrowly wide, before Burnley youngster Daniel Agyei, another looking to impress, saw a shot come back off the post.
Front man Agyei, who played alongside fellow Clarets youngster Alex Whitmore, looked lively as he led the line, supported by amongst others former Oldham, Oxford and Plymouth man Deane Smalley who has been with The Shrimps throughout pre-season.
Bamber Bridge’s best chance of the half came on 26 minutes, Barry Roche needing to help over Curtis Thompson’s shot from distance.
Kevin Ellison nearly gave The Shrimps the lead right at the end of the opening period but couldn’t beat Marcus Burgess one-on-one.
Making 10 changes at the break, the visitors didn’t have to wait long to get their noses in front though, Kenyon’s cross deflected past Burgess just three minutes into the second half.
Thompson then came close for a second time for Brig however, bringing an acrobatic save from The Shrimps’ trialist goalkeeper with a well-struck shot from 20 yards.
Stockton got his first 11 minutes from time, rounding Burgess and staying on his feet before cutting back and hammering home.
The loanee was then denied one-on-one by the Brig ‘keeper before his second came on 86 minutes, a low finish from close range after a slick Shrimps move.
Jim Bentley’s side threatened to run riot late on but Paul Mullin could only blaze over before Lee Molyneux saw a low shot saved as a good opening workout came to a close.

Trialist Deane Smalley tries to win the ball back. Picture: Paul Heyes

Trialist Deane Smalley tries to win the ball back. Picture: Paul Heyes

Bamber Bridge: Burgess, Bowyer (Moss 64), Marlow, Lawlor (capt), Heaton, Wicks (Swindlehurst 46), Waddecar, Ing (Milligan 46), Linney (Thompson 17), Dodd, Williams (Wiles 72): Subs not used: Alexander, Povey, Wiles.

Morecambe: First half: Roche, Wakefield, Edwards (capt), Whitmore, McGowan, Croasdale, Rose, Smalley, Wildig, Ellison, Agyei.

Second half: Trialist, Edwards (capt) (Brownsword 70), Winnard, Trialist, Barkhuizen, Hedley, Kenyon, Molyneux, Mullin, Stockton, Trialist.

Referee: Peter Bankes

New signing Liam Wakefield sends over a cross. Picture: Paul Heyes

New signing Liam Wakefield sends over a cross. Picture: Paul Heyes