Morecambe 1-2 Northampton

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SHRIMPS’ assistant boss Mark Lillis said his side were disappointed to end the season on a losing note.

Morecambe suffered their ninth home defeat of a torrid opening year at the Globe Arena as Northampton won for only the third time on their travels as the Shrimps ended the campaign on a low note.

Speaking on Saturday, Lillis said: “We are all really disappointed to finish with another defeat.

“We wanted to give the fans something to shout about on the last day but it wasn’t to be.

“We had a lot of possession but didn’t really test their goalkeeper enough which is pretty much the story of the season. It hasn’t been a good season and we know that but that happens in football and it is hard to take.

“We will now regroup, reflect and review it and make sure we come back stronger next year.

“We have had a great run of success at this club and made great strides in the past four or five years and we haven’t matched that this year for various reasons.

“We had a poor pre-season and some of the players just didn’t settle here and produce the goods like they have at other clubs and that can happen.

“Everyone at this club will be working as hard as they can to make sure we bounce back in August and deliver the sort of football and results that everyone is used to here.

“We have had a great journey and we want to keep that going.’’

The game began poorly with both sides struggling to find any fluency until the Shrimps handed Northampton an opening goal on 24 minutes.

Hash

As has happened all too often this season the Shrimps made a hash of clearing their lines after Barry Roche had made a superb save with Scott Brown failing to make a basic clearance and Kevin Thornton accepted the gift presented to him with a close range finish.

The Cobblers should have doubled their advantage four minutes later when Guillam Bauza missed an open goal after Roche had raced from his goal to cut out a long through ball.

Morecambe rarely tested Chris Dunn and it took 43 minutes to have a shot on goal when Danny Carlton let fly with an excellent strike.

Phil Jevons tested Dunn moments later as the Shrimps began to get a foothold in the game.

Their best chance of equalising went to the unfortunate Brown on 64 minutes when he missed the target from just six yards out when Jevons teed him up perfectly after the best Morecambe move of the game.

The miss proved costly as Northampton made it 2-0 six minutes from time.

Again the Morecambe defence failed to clear their lines and Ben Tozer beat Roche with an excellent right foot drive from 20 yards out that flew into the top right hand corner.

To their credit Morecambe set up a grandstand finish with a Niall Cowperthwaite header on 90 minutes after a Carlton header had been cleared off the line giving them hope.

Kevan Hurst then dragged a shot inches wide as the Shrimps almost hit a dramatic equaliser that would have at least given the fans something to cheer about going into the summer.

Morecambe (4-4-2): Roche 6; Haining 4 (Cowperthwaite 10, 6), McCready 6 (Holdsworth 53), Bentley 6, Wilson 6: Hunter 6, Brown 6, Drummond 7, Hurst 6, Jevons 5 (Spencer 73), Carlton 6. Subs: not used Jones (Gk), Aley, Wraighte, Shuker.

Northampton (4-4-2): Dunn 6; Davis 6, Beckwith 6, Webster 7, Johnson 6; Jacobs 6 (Kaziboni 85), Tozer 7 (Webberburn 85), Thornton 7, Bauza 5; Harrad 5, Uwezu 6 (McKay 57). Subs not used: Holt, Walker (Gk).

Star man: Stewart Drummond: Looked lively throughout.