Kenyon sees red as Morecambe’s visit to Accrington is washed out

Jack Redshaw battles with the conditions at the Store First Stadium. Picture: Mike Williamson
Jack Redshaw battles with the conditions at the Store First Stadium. Picture: Mike Williamson
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Alex Kenyon’s controversial red card was the main talking point as Morecambe’s Lancashire derby at Accrington was called off due to a waterlogged pitch.

Referee James Adcock brought a halt to the game on 56 minutes as puddles of water began to appear on the Store First Stadium surface.

The Nottinghamshire official had earlier dismissed Kenyon just a minute before the break for a challenge on Peter Murphy.

The whistle had gone for an earlier infringement by Jamie Devitt when the Shrimps midfielder launched into the tackle.

It looked firm but fair, but Adcock produced the red card to the astonishment of Kenyon and his Morecambe team mates.

Down to 10 men, the visitors were facing an uphill task to record their first ever Football League victory over Stanley at the 14th attempt.

But after the pitch had passed a 12.30pm pitch inspection, alarm bells began to ring as Adcock inspected the surface again at half-time as 45 minutes of torrential rain took its toll.

And it was only 10 minutes into the second period when the game was called off.

After a Kevin Ellison pass to Jamie Devitt down the Shrimps left stopped dead in a puddle of water, Adcock discussed the situation with his assistants and both managers before abandoning the match.

It had been an even game up until that point with the Shrimps, who had Shaun Beeley making his debut at right back, having the best of the chances.

After a scrappy opening, Jack Redshaw, fresh from signing a new two-year contract, had the first real effort on goal on 16 minutes.

Capitalising on a mistake by Nicky Hunt, the striker exchanged passes with Kevin Ellison before firing in a shot on the left edge of the area that was saved low to his left by Marcus Bettinelli.

Accrington showed promise in attack but were often let down by their final ball and it was the Shrimps who went close again on 37 minutes.

Ellison’s flicked header from Jamie Devitt’s centre hit the crossbar with Redshaw firing a follow-up into the side netting that had some visiting fans thinking their side had taken the lead.

And less than 60 seconds later Morecambe went close again, Devitt jinking past Luke Joyce before his low shot from distance was well held by Bettinelli on the bounce. The game was livening up as the conditions worsened under foot, Piero Mingoia firing just over from distance for the hosts five minutes before the break.

But the game’s flash point came less than 60 seconds before half-time when Kenyon saw red and referee Adcock was then at the centre of things again as he called the game off with the second half barely 10 minutes old meaning the sides will have to try again.

Accrington Stanley: Bettinelli, Hunt, Aldred, Winnard, Wilson, Naismith, Joyce, Murphy, Mingoia, Odejayi, Bowerman. Subs not used: Liddle, Webber, Hatfield, Molyneux, Gray, Windass, Atkinson.

Morecambe: Roche, Beeley, McCready (capt), Doyle, Threlfall, Kenyon, Drummond, Fleming, Devitt, Ellison, Redshaw. Subs not used: Arestidou, Diagne, Wright, Sampson, Williams, McGee, Amond.

Sent Off: Kenyon

Referee: James Adcock

Attendance: 1,431 (327 away)