Morecambe were dumped out of the FA Cup with a disappointing display at non-league Dover on Saturday.
The Shrimps’ miserable run of recent form continued with a goal from Stefan Payne in first-half injury time seeing the home side through to the second round.
Match winner Payne received the ball on the edge of the Morecambe box and turned sharply to beat his marker before drilling a low shot past debutant ‘keeper Joe Lumley.
Dover looked the more threatening in the opening stages of the game with midfielder Nick Deverdics seeing a looping near post header sail just over the crossbar.
Deverdics then went close again on 10 minutes when played in behind the Morecambe defence but saw his final effort from an acute angle fail to threaten the Morecambe goal.
The Shrimps struggled to forge any chances until Jack Redshaw went on a solo run on the half hour that ended with a shot that was well saved by Andrew Rafferty.
Jim Bentley’s side were much better in the second half but failed to beat the home defence.
Alex Kenyon saw a header cleared off the line on 52 minutes and substitute Padraig Amond forced a brilliant save from Rafferty in the 73rd minute with a close-range snapshot.
Rafferty was at his best again to race from his goal to deny Kevin Ellison a free run on goal and Amond had a chance to get in a shot in the 94th minute but his first touch took him away from goal and the opportunity went begging.
Dover: Rafferty, Essam, Bonner, Francis, Orlu, Sterling, Deverdics (Wynter 87), Kinnear, Taiwo, Murphy (Bellamy 75), Payne (Raggett 90). Subs not used: Rutherford, Reid, Lock, Hook.
Morecambe: Lumley, Wright, Parrish, Edwards, Wilson, Beeley (Sampson 78), Fleming, Kenyon (Williams 83), Ellison, Mullin, Redshaw (Amond 57). Subs not used: Jones, McCready, Goodall, McGowan.
Referee: M Bull.