IT was a case of new season but same old story as Morecambe shipped a late goal to drop two early points on Tuesday.
The Shrimps looked set for a second successive League 2 victory as they led 2-1 with five minutes to go. But a goal from Ashley Chambers in the 86th minute after a quick York breakaway earned the Football League newcomers a point, much to Shrimps boss Jim Bentley’s dismay.
He said: “We were definitely not at our best but we still had plenty of chances to win the game but unfortunately didn’t take them and conceded two poor goals.
“We played some good stuff and we can take heart from the fact that we created so many decent chances but when you don’t take them you have to make sure you shut the back door. We didn’t do that and were made to pay.
“We wanted to start the season with a home win to give everyone a lift and put our bad record at the Globe behind us but it didn’t happen. The lads are all really down but we can take a lot of positives from the game as well.
“Richard Brodie scored his first goal and is looking sharp and we got into some good positions. We are still unbeaten and you have to be happy with that at this stage.”
The first half ended goalless despite chances at both ends.
The best of these fell to Kevin Ellison who missed an open goal on seven minutes. Brodie forced Michael Ingham into an excellent save low to his right and the ball fell to Ellison six yards out but he skewed his effort wide of the right-hand post.
York hit back with Chambers also failing to get a shot on target when well found by Jason Walker 12 yards out and Michael Coulson forced Morecambe keeper Barry Roche into an excellent save from a 25-yard free-kick on the half hour.
Morecambe ended the half on top and were almost gifted the lead two minutes from the break when Chris Smith’s attempted clearance beat his own keeper but came back off the crossbar.
The Shrimps took the lead on 53 minutes from the penalty spot. Gary McDonald was brought down in the box and Brodie stepped up to beat Michael Ingham despite the keeper getting a good hand to the effort.
The home side’s lead lasted just four minutes however as York hit back from a set piece.
Lanre Oyebanjo floated a free kick to the far post, the ball was knocked back across the goal by Daniel Parslow and York skipper Chris Smith ran in to head past Roche from eight yards out.
Morecambe regained the lead 17 minutes from time when Stewart Drummond volleyed home an Andy Fleming left wing corner but the home side’s hopes of a rare home win were ended by Chambers’ late strike when he volleyed past Roche from close range after the keeper had only parried the striker’s close range header.
Morecambe: Roche, Parrish, Haining (Fenton 80), McCready, Threlfall, Reid (Alessandra 64), Drummond, McDonald (Wright 64), Fleming, Ellison, Brodie. Subs not used: Arestidou, Burrow, Redshaw, Carlton.
York: Ingham; Oyebanjo, Doig, C Smith, Blanchett, Parslow, J Smith, McLaughlin (Blair 76), Coulson (McReady 84), Walker (Bullock 89), Chambers. Subs not used: Musselwhite, Fyfield, Potts, Challinor.
Referee: D Mohareb