Rochdale 1-2 Morecambe

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A brace from Jack Redshaw gave Morecambe a hard-fought victory over Rochdale at Spotland on Saturday.

The in-form front man scored a goal in either half as Jim Bentley's side made it seven points from a possible nine in their last three League 2 games.

Redshaw, playing against his former club, gave the Shrimps the lead just nine minutes in running on to an excellent Kevin Ellison lay off before firing past Josh Lillis, son of former Morecambe assistant boss Mark.

Despite the visitors forcing the better openings, with Andy Fleming and Ellison bringing saves from Lillis, John Coleman's side almost leveled in first-half injury time when a Joe Rafferty cross was diverted inches wide of his own goal by Shrimps skipper Will Haining.

Bentley's side started the second period in the ascendancy, with Lewis Alessandra wasting an excellent opening when in behind the Rochdale defence after a poor first touch.

Veteran striker Dele Adebola then tested returning Shrimps 'keeper Barry Roche and Andrew Tutte saw a shot from the edge of the box go inches over the bar.

Redshaw doubled the Shrimps' advantage on 65 minutes however with a cool finish at the far post after another Ellison lay off.

The home side weren't finished though and Morecambe had to withstand a late onslaught when George Donnelly pulled a goal back for the visitors 17 minutes from time, diverting the ball past Roche from six yards out.

The former Macclesfield man should have equalised on 80 minutes but failed to test Roche from close range after an excellent run into the box.

Rochdale: Lillis, Rafferty, Bennett, R Edwards, Cavanagh, P Edwards (Kennedy 51), Donnelly, Grimes, Adebola. Subs not used: Smith, Pearson, Byrne, Barry-Murphy, Watson, Craney.

Booked: Tutte, Donnelly.

Morecambe: Roche, Wright, Haining, Fenton, Mustoe, Drummond, Fleming, McDonald, Redshaw (Burrow 88), Ellison (McCready 86), Alessandra (Brodie 62). Subs not used: Arestidou, Parrish, Reid. McGee.

Booked: Fleming.

Attendance: 2,493.