Hartlepool 0-2 Morecambe

Jack Redshaw.
Jack Redshaw.

Jack Redshaw scored twice as Morecambe enjoyed a perfect end to 2014.

The striker produced two fine finishes to hand Jim Bentley’s side three points at bottom of the table Hartlepool on Sunday.

Redshaw, one of six changes to the side that lost to Carlisle on Boxing Day, first scored a superb individual goal to break the deadlock on 22 minutes.

The front man took the ball on the left hand side of the Hartlepool area and cut inside before curling a fine right-footed shot past Scott Flinders and into the bottom left-hand corner of the net.

His second came nine minutes from time when he latched on to a long clearance to evade the challenge of two Hartlepool defenders and drill an unstoppable low shot to beat Flinders to his right.

The Shrimps made a bright start and after Redshaw’s opener Ryan Williams could have added a second on 27 minutes.

The midfielder latched on to the loose ball 20 yards from goal and drilled a rare left-footed effort inches wide of Flinders’s left-hand post.

Hartlepool had enjoyed plenty of possession but only threatened in the final stages of the half. Brad Walker testing Scott Davies with a free kick from the edge of the area that was smartly tipped over the bar.

From the resulting corner Pools defender Dan Jones nipped in front of his marker but saw his looping header clip the top of the crossbar.

The second half saw the hosts again enjoy long periods of possession with troubling Morecambe goalkeeper Davies.

Michael Duckworth headed a Johnathan Franks cross wide at the far post and Joe Ironside fired a shot well over but the Shrimps held on comfortably to take the points.

Hartlepool: Flinders, Austin, Bates, Holden, Jones, Walker, Featherstone, Duckworth (Schmeltz 62), Ironside, Franks, Fenwick (Compton 74). Subs not used: Maxted, Hawkins, Nearney, Lanzoni, Green.

Booked: Fenwick, Holden.

Morecambe: Davies, Parrish, Hughes, Edwards, McGowan, McCready (Drummond 71), Williams, Goodall, Wilson (Beeley 63), Mullin (Ellison 58), Redshaw. Subs not used: Arestidou, Devitt, Kenyon, Amond.

Booked: Mullin, Williams, Ellison.

Referee: Darren Drysdale.

Attendance: 4,108.