Roche agony as home woes go on

Morecambe boss Jim Bentley
Morecambe boss Jim Bentley
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Morecambe 2 Cambridge United 4

Morecambe’s home woes continued with a heavy defeat against Cambridge at the Globe Arena.

The Shrimps suffered their sixth defeat in seven home games after another poor defensive display.

Cambridge took the lead after just 11 minutes. The Morecambe defence failed to clear a left-wing corner and the ball was played back into the six-yard box for unmarked central defender Leon Legge to head past Barry Roche.

A minute later it was almost 2-0 for the visitors when Luke Berry tried his luck from the edge of the box with a sweetly struck curler that beat Roche but hit the underside of the crossbar and bounced to safety.

The Shrimps reshuffled and hit back with a well worked goal after 21 minutes. A long ball down the left looked to be going for a goal-kick but Tom Barkhuizen used his pace to keep it in play and crossed superbly for Lee Molyneux to volley home from eight yards.

The visitors were not down for long, however, as they regained the lead after 34 minutes. Harrison Dunk’s cross from the left was met by Ben Williamson and although his effort was superbly saved by Roche the ball fell perfectly for Ryan Donaldson who lashed home the loose ball from the edge of the area. The U’s extended their lead further with their next attack.

Cameron Gayle found himself in space down the right-hand side and produced a low shot that should have been easy for Roche but the ball squirmed under his body and in.

Morecambe’s hopes of a second-half comeback were soon dashed when Cambridge scored a fourth after 47 minutes. Ben Williamson clipped the coolest of finishes past Roche from 12 yards out.

Shaun Miller set up Morecambe’s second with a fine cross for Peter Murphy to volley past the Cambridge keeper from 12 yards.

From there the Shrimps ended the game on the front foot but failed to test Sam Beasant.

MORECAMBE: Roche, Beeley, Parrish, Edwards, Wilson, Goodall (Wildig 73), Kenyon (Murphy 46), Barkhuizen, Molyneux, Ellison, Miller (Mullin 67) Subs not used: Thompson, Doyle, Dugdale, Bondswell

CAMBRIDGE: Beasant, Gayle, Roberts, Legge, Demetriou, Newton, Berry, Ledson, Dunk (rep Simpson 73), Donaldson, Williamson (rep Corr 83). Subs not used: Slew, Coulson, Hughes, Gaffney

Ref: B Toner

Att: 1,689