Date: 17th January 2015 at 11:40am
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Morecambe took on Cheltenham and their new manager and old foe Paul Buckle at Whaddon Road on Friday night and found themselves behind to a penalty conceded by Shaun Beeley after 18 minutes which Liverpool Loanee Jack Dunn dispatched past Andreas Arestidou without any problem. With just over half an hour played, skipper Mark Hughes was in the right place at the right time to clear a Harry Williams effort off the Shrimps` goal line. The first three good chances of the second half also fell to the Robins – Arestidou saved the first two superbly before Dunn contrived to miss an open goal with just five minutes played – but after that, the visitors played the neater, faster football and should have equalised when Jamie Devitt was brought down in the Cheltenham penalty area after 70 minutes. Robins` goalkeeper Trevor Carson managed to block Devitt`s resulting shot from the penalty spot and the Morecambe player was unable to net the rebound from very close range: he hit the post instead. However, Jim Bentley`s team came home with a point when Padaig Amond – who had earlier drawn a tremendous save from Carson – put the ball past him from the same penalty spot with just seven minutes still scheduled to play after Vaughan had been penalised for hand ball. The draw means that the Shrimps remain unbeaten this year – all three games played so far have been draws – and stay eleventh for now. The point moved Cheltenham up to 16th in the table at least until Saturday teatime.