Stanley Sink in Sopping Swamp
Monday 1st January 2018 1500 hrs
Attendance: Very wet: Match Abandoned at Half Time
In September last, when Accrington Stanley won the reverse fixture at the Globe Arena, Morecambe`s utterly dire record against Accrington Stanley got worse. Stanley won yet again then to clock-up thirteen wins out of twenty-one League Two games in all. Ex-Shrimps leading scorer John Coleman`s men were seventh in the Division before the clash today whereas the men from the west coast of the county were in twenty-first position. Stanley`s recent form, however, has been extremely patchy. They lost all of December`s league games until last Saturday`s three-nil win at Grimsby. A win for them would consolidate their push for promotion during 2018. Morecambe, on the other hand, need as many points as they can garner to keep the small cushion they have over the teams beneath them: Chesterfield, Barnet and Forest Green Rovers.
It was wet in East Lancashire when the game kicked-off. By half time, it was even wetter. In the previous forty-five minutes, Billy Kee had scored after almost half an hour for the second time this season against the Shrimps when he bundled home Kayden Jackson`s cross and the home side were winning yet again. But the heavens had well and truly opened as the match had progressed and Referee Graham Salisbury decided that the sopping wetness meant that the pitch was in no state to continue the game and abandoned it at this juncture. Kee`s goal will therefore be chalked-off as far as the record books are concerned but the booking he picked-up along with that of team-mate Jordan Clark will still stand. Callum Lang, Sam Lavelle and Luke Conlan were also yellow-carded for the Shrimps. With Chesterfield, Barnet and Forest Green Rovers all losing today, Morecambe remain in twenty-first place and now have a game in hand as well as their small cushion of four to five points over the League`s tail-enders. Accrington were more adversely affected by the abandonment however and found themselves in tenth position by the end of the day.