Final Flourish Flattens Foxes.
Tuesday 7th November 2017
Attendance: Not Many
Morecambe found themselves at the bottom of the Checkatrade or EFL Trophy Northern Group A before the game against Steven Beaglehole`s Academy team from Leicester City without a single point out of two previous matches. The young Foxes entered the game on a run of six victories out of their last seven games in all competitions but were just one place ahead of tonight`s opponents with three points on the board so far.
Morecambe went ahead after seven minutes when Vadaine Oliver made good progress down the right wing and crossed for Garry Thompson to sweep the ball past visiting goalkeeper Max Bramley from close range. The lead lasted until the twenty-fifth minutes when Layton Ndukwu took a shot from a free kick 25 yards out which swerved round the Morecambe wall only for Danijel Nizic somehow or other to completely fail to deal with it and the ball to end-up in the Shrimps` net.
Both sides had half-chances after these goals but the Foxes went ahead on the night with less than five minutes to go when central defender Josh Knight headed home from a corner. But to their considerable credit, the Shrimps didn`t throw in the towel and Elliot Osborne made things all-square on the night when he bundled in a rebound after a goalmouth scramble with only moments left. So the match went to penalties and Nizic redeemed his earlier mistake by saving Josh Knight`s effort only for Rhys Turner to completely miss the target straight afterwards. But Leicester also missed their next chance and it came down to Adam Campbell to hold his nerve and smash the ball past Bramley to win the game for the Shrimps and give them two points to Leicester`s one.
Many football pundits believe that the Chekatrade Trophy is a waste of time and effort which few people - perhaps particularly the fans - are interested in. For Morecambe FC after tonight, all this is academic: with just two points and still rock bottom of the Northern Group A table, they at least won tonight`s match to maintain the momentum they started by beating Hartlepool last Saturday in the FA Cup. Having said that, their interest in the Chekatrade Trophy is over once again for this season. Clearly, the priority for Jim Bentley and his players is to try and reverse the position they find themselves in League Two currently: next to bottom of the table. Shrimps` supporters will be far more concerned with this and how the Shrimps fare in the major Cup competition in this country - the one run by the FA - when they face Shrewsbury Town in the Second Round on Saturday December 2nd.
Morecambe: 12 Danijel Nizic; 17 Mitchell Lund; 16 Sam Lavelle; 5 Steven Old; 14 Luke Conlan; 21 Elliot Osborne; 24 Michael Rose (C); 7 Garry Thompson (18 Rhys Turner 72 mins); 8 Andy Fleming (26 Steve Yawson 78 mins); 10 Adam Campbell; 9 Vadaine Oliver.
Subs Not Used: 20 Niall Maher; 2 Aaron McGowan; 4 Alex Kenyon; 27 Luke Jordan; 27 Luke Jordan.
Leicester City Academy: 41 Max Bramley; 51 Connor Wood; 49 Josh Knight; 45 Sam Hughes; 35 Damell Johnson; 38 Hamza Choudhury (C); 55 Keiran Dewsbury-Hall; 54 Lamine Kaba Sherif (Raul Uche Rubio 80 mins); 37 Layton Ndukwu (Tyrese Shade 70 mins); Josh Gordon; 53 Josh Felix-Eppiah (Calvin Ughelumba 88 mins).
Subs Not Used: Daniel Iversen; George Heaven; Thakgalo Leshabela.