Spring arrives at the Globe leaves with the points
Wycombe came into this game on a poor run of form which has seen them slide down the League Two table in recent times. Last Friday, they lost a key match at home to relegation candidates Accrington Stanley which left them in fifteenth place at the start of today's game. Their form against Morecambe, however, has always been good: in nine previous meetings, they have never been beaten and have drawn four, most recently last December when the match ended 2-2 at Adams Park.
Morecambe's indifferent form throughout the season saw them begin this fixture just two places and a couple of points better off than the Chairboys. Last Friday, they escaped from Oxford with a draw thanks to an equaliser scored by Jack Redshaw in the fourth minute of injury time. Throughout March - in common with today's visitors - Jim Bentley's team had only won one game and that was right at the beginning of the month against Rochdale on the same day Fleetwood lost to Wycombe.
It was a beautiful sunny day by the seaside today although the only Spring that had arrived was the number nine in the sky blue and navy kit. A bone-numbingly strong bitterly cold wind blew literally straight from Siberia right into the faces of the Shrimps throughout the first half. In the distance, the Lakeland hills and the Howe Ghylls were all capped with snow and personally, I wish I had been on any one of them. Sliding down a hill on a toboggan; throwing snowballs or even digging yourself out of a twenty foot drift couldn't fail to be less entertaining than what was served up by two extremely poor sides on the pitch here today. Morecambe played like a team who had never met before; too many players put in performances way below par and the disjointed kick-and run rubbish they produced wouldn't win them a game in the Lancashire Waste Disposal League's Fourth Division against a team of dustbins let alone a side even as poor as Wycombe appear to be: they were hardly any better. The first half produced virtually no clear chances and hardly anything to comment about. Kevin Ellison narrowly missed Matt Ingram's left hand post after six minutes but the referee had already blown for a foul. Stewart Drummond also tried his luck a minute later with a low drive but missed the target as well. After eleven minutes, Andreas Arestidou produced an excellent save to his right to deny Stuart Lewis at the expense of a corner. After thirty-five minutes, Jo Kuffour somehow contrived to completely miss an excellent deep cross from a free kick by Matt Spring with his head when he seemed destined to bulge the back of the net instead.
And that was it. During the half-time break, a young man won the Hit The Crossbar competition. His reaction to this - running round the penalty area as if he had just scored the winner at Wembley and wrestling Morecambe mascot Christie the Cat to the ground during the process - was more entertaining than anything else that happened at the Globe all afternoon. I hope the club gave him his entry fee back along with the signed shirt he won.
Wycombe scored with a scrappy goal by Stuart Lewis after nine minutes of the restart. Ryan Williams had hit the visitors' post within a minute and Ingram somehow shovelled Jordan Burrow's effort from the rebound over the bar. Apart from that, watching snow melt would have been more interesting than anything else that happened in a game which finally stretched to a mind-numbingly boring ninety-three minutes.
Wycombe's three points have pushed Gareth Ainsworth's team level with Morecambe, over whom they have two games in hand. The Shrimps are in fourteenth place now just seven points above the relegation spots with four games still to play. Morecambe are probably just about safe. If they continue to play like this, however, they will do well to pick up any further points against anybody. With the furniture industry its local backbone, Wanderers probably have an excuse to literally fall back on after poor performances: Morecambe's display today, however, was more wooden than anything ever produced by Ercol or Parker-Knoll in Wycombe...
Morecambe: 25 Andreas Arestidou; 3 Robbie Threlfall; 6 Will Haining (C); 15 Chris McCready; 8 Andrew Wright; 10 Ryan Williams; 16 Stewart Drummond; 17 Andy Fleming; 14 Jordan Burrow (9 Lewis Allesandra 71 mins); 11 Kevin Ellison; 27 Jack Redshaw.
Substitutes not used: 1 Barry Roche; 12 Dan Parkinson; 18 Gary McDonald; 19 Joe McGee; 20 Joe Mwasile; 22 Andy Parrish; 26 Chris Holroyd.
Wycombe Wanderers: 13 Matt Ingram; 5 Dave Winfield (C); 8 Stuart Lewis; 9 Matt Spring; 11 Sam Wood; 17 Joel Grant (Y); 18 Charles Dunne; 22 Jo Kuffour; 28 Josh Scowen; 30 Gary Doherty.
Substitutes not used: 21 Lee Harrison; 6 Leon Johnson; 19 Marvin McCoy; 7 Gareth Ainsworth; 12 Bruno Andrade; 15 Dennis Oli; 32 Junior Morias.
Ref: Gary Sutton.
Written by Roger Fitton.