Unbeaten day for four-star Shrimps

Liam Wakefield figured in Morecambe's goalless draw with Blackburn Rovers
Liam Wakefield figured in Morecambe's goalless draw with Blackburn Rovers

Morecambe enjoyed just about a perfect day in their mini-tournament with Blackburn Rovers and Bury at the Globe Arena on Saturday.

Facing opposition from higher up the football pyramid, Jim Bentley’s men were undefeated in both games and kept clean sheets for good measure.

A goalless draw with Rovers was then followed by a clinical 4-0 defeat of Bury in which three different players got on the scoresheet.

As was the case at Bamber Bridge in midweek, Bentley named eight trialists in his squad and stuck to his promise of giving as many players as possible an hour’s runout.

Having seen Danny Graham’s early header give Rovers a 1-0 victory over Bury, the Shrimps battled hard to gain a draw against their Championship opponents in the day’s next game.

Cole Stockton came closest to breaking the deadlock in the opening period with his header saved at point-blank range by David Raya.

Anthony Stokes fired a couple of yards over the bar with half-time approaching, after which Morecambe keeper Barry Roche was called into action.

He kept out efforts from Darren Lenihan and Ben Marshall before Rovers defender Ryan Nyambe headed over with the game’s final touch.

Bentley changed his line-up completely for the game with Bury, a match where the taking of chances proved decisive.

Scott Burgess was denied twice by the Shrimps’ trialist keeper and once by an offside flag, either side of the opening goal on 17 minutes.

Kevin Ellison controlled a crossfield pass before bringing it back inside and prodding home.

The lead was doubled nine minutes later when Ryan Edwards headed back across goal and a trialist striker netted from close range.

A good save prevented Tom Soares from pulling one back in the second half before Morecambe’s trialist front man headed home his second from Ellison’s cross.

With time running out, excellent work from youngster Steve Yawson fashioned a chance for Tom Barkhuizen which he finished with aplomb to cap an excellent afternoon for Bentley’s squad.