Reporter Adam Lord takes a closer look at Morecambe’s 4-2 win at Yeovil on Saturday.
Opposing boss likes what he saw
I’m not quite sure how to take Paul Sturrock’s view post-match that Morecambe will make the top seven. One, more cynical, way of looking at it is that it’s a way of easing the blow on his own side by saying they were beaten by one of the league’s play-off contenders and not well below par themselves. A diversion tactic if you like. But one thing is clear, that Morecambe are catching the eye at the moment. This was the second straight helter-skelter away day after the 3-3 draw at Portsmouth with wins over Notts County and Walsall sandwiched in between. It’s not like The Shrimps to be talked about and chatting with Jim Bentley as the celebrations died down at the final whistle on Saturday it was clear he was doing all he could to keep feet firmly on the ground.
Goals, goals, goals
One thing that won’t be helping Bentley’s bid to manage expectations is the fact that Morecambe have scored 10 goals in a week and 13 in their last four games. All this from a side that were being questioned at the sharp end of the field after Jack Redshaw’s departure to Blackpool. What’s more, goals are seemingly coming from everywhere at the moment with Bentley’s gripe about a lack from midfielders last season seemingly having been remedied in style. Despite still having a couple of key injuries it was also encouraging to see what options The Shrimps boss had when things weren’t going his way. Lee Molyneux, Paul Mullin and Kevin Ellison all came on to good effect on Saturday keen to give their manager plenty to think about ahead of the trip to Newport next Saturday.
Super sporting day for the town
Morecambe’s third straight win in all competitions, which took them to fifth in League 2, was just one part of a real sporting hat-trick for the town on Saturday. At the same time as The Shrimps completed their comeback it was confirmed Morecambe Cricket Club had won the Northern Premier League with victory at Preston in a remarkable achievement from Josh Dixon and his merry men. Then it was up to Shrimps fan Isaac Lowe to complete a memorable few hours and the Westgate Warrior delivered with a stunning display to defeat Jamie Speight and lift the English featherweight title live on Sky Sports. I reckon it’ll be a long time before we see so much local success in one day again.