Reporter Adam Lord takes a closer look at Morecambe’s 1-1 draw at Exeter on Saturday
‘That sums our season up’
The above is quite possibly the most used phrase of Morecambe’s season. That and anything relating to some pretty questionable defending. The former however was used by both Adam Dugdale and Jim Bentley in post-match interviews at St James Park after Darren Drysdale turned down two strong Shrimps appeals before awarding Exeter an 89th-minute penalty that ultimately saw the hosts snatch a late point. I’ll make one thing clear, I’ve no real problem with the late spot kick given against Lee Molyneux after Jayden Stockley’s header hit his arm. Morecambe will rightly feel aggrieved though that two earlier incidents, where Alex Kenyon was felled by Troy Brown and Christian Ribeiro appeared to handle, didn’t result in Shrimps penalties. Bentley has been accused of playing the hard luck card too often this season but he had every right on Saturday. Having been the referee at the centre of controversy in the defeat to Carlisle back in February Drysdale’s will now be a name that strikes fear into the hearts of Shrimps fans. As will Jayden Stockley’s, the Bournemouth loanee having scored for the third time against Morecambe this season, twice for the Grecians and once while with Portsmouth.
Shrimps showed some fight at least
Sometimes, especially in League 2, you can forgive a lack of quality now and again. What fans want to see at the very least is some fight, spirit and endeavour. Against Cambridge and Stevenage these qualities were lacking in abundance, which alongside the goals conceded was the most alarming thing about two horrible defeats. At St James Park large parts of the game had an end of season feel with errors aplenty. I’m sure the holiday-esque Devon sunshine didn’t help, neither did the rock hard surface. But what Morecambe fans got from their players was the battling qualities that have been lacking in a sorry 2016. Andy Parrish and Luke Conlan were bloodied while the reaction to the late penalty award tells you all you need to know about how much The Shrimps wanted to win on Saturday. Some will say it’s too little, too late with many players fighting for their futures but it was the least the travelling fans deserved.
Well done to the 114 - now they deserve a final-day victory
Morecambe haven’t won away from home since January 2 - 2-0 at Wycombe. And their last road trip saw them ship seven in defeat at Cambridge. I think it’s only right therefore to applaud the 114 fans who made the near 600-mile round trip to Devon on Saturday. It may have been the final away day of the season, traditionally one that’s well supported, but it’s been a nightmare campaign and their efforts should be noted. It’s just a shame they didn’t have three points to drink to on the long drive home. Those 114, and everyone else supporting Morecambe at the Globe Arena on Saturday, now deserve a final day victory against York.