Date: 19th September 2015 at 6:45pm
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Fifth-placed Morecambe faced eleventh in the table Northampton on Saturday at the Globe Arena. Morecambe – with a fine run of form behind them – had high hopes against a team who have an exceptionally good record against them: the Shrimps have only ever beaten the Cobblers once whereas Town have enjoyed seven victories over the hosts in the past.

So the wheels well and truly came off Jim Bentley`s side as Chris Wilder`s team took the Lancashire club to the cleaners yet again. The visitors started to build-up a head of steam after twenty-five minutes or so with a succession of corners. From the fourth one – after Barry Roche had pushed away a shot from Nicky Adams – the same player found Lawson D`ath who swept the ball past the Shrimps` goalkeeper with a shot from close range. Almost straight from kick-off – and with 33 minutes played – the Cobblers doubled their lead as Sam Hoskins was played-in by Sam Buchanan to steer the ball past Roche into the left hand corner of his net. Morecambe huffed and puffed a bit after this and had a few half chances but the visitors returned to the dressing room with a 0-2 lead at half time.

The Shrimps were in even deeper trouble virtually as soon as the game kicked-off again. With just three minutes played, Alan Goodall gave away a free kick from which Joel Byrom found the net with a shot which beat Roche this time to his right hand side. Jim Bentley sent on striker Paul Mullin in Goodall`s place to try and retrieve something from the match after about an hour but it was too little, too late. Although Tom Barkhuizen pulled one back with a header from Jamie Devitt`s corner after 66 minutes, Town restored their three goal lead almost immediately when Alfie Potter played-in Dominic Calvert Lewin to score with a close-range shot just three minutes later. Northampton scored a fifth goal with only four minutes still scheduled to play. But this time, Ryan Cresswell contrived to put the ball past his own goalkeeper, Adam Smith, to make the final score 2-4 in favour of the visitors.

Despite the defeat, Morecambe remain in the Play-Off positions in League Two in seventh slot. The three points propel the Cobblers into eighth position right behind them with the same number of points – thirteen – and games played: eight.

Ref: Eddie Ilderton