Date: 31st January 2015 at 5:03pm
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Fifty years ago, someone called Neil Ardley produced a record called `A Kaleidoscope of Rainbows` featuring a Balinese five-note Pelog scale. It wasn`t in any way pretentious. Obviously. But anyone who knows anything about League Two football – or simply saw part of the recent live FA Cup game between Wimbledon and Liverpool on live terrestrial television – will be aware of Man Mountain Adebayo Akinfenwa and his utterly non-pretentious way of playing. And we`re not talking about Pelog or anything Balinese here. Over the years – whether for the Dons, Northampton or whoever – Adebayo has made life difficult for Jim Bentley both as a manager and a central defender: he remains one of very few players who consistently got the better of Big Jim at least on the field. And so it proved again today. After just thirteen minutes, the immensely strong Wimbledon front man held his ground in his own inimitable way and headed the ball on to Jake Reeves, who beat Andreas Arestidou with a sharp right-footed shot from within the penalty area. The Shrimps could possibly count themselves lucky when Andy Parrish appeared to pull back the same player when well placed just a few minutes later but the referee – Pat Miller – took no action. With only three minutes left to half time, however, Padraig Amond levelled the scores with a header past James Shea from Lawrence Wilson`s pinpoint cross.
The home side started the second half much the brightest of the two teams. Jack Redshaw just missed with a shot which beat Shea within the first minutes of the restart and then there was a decent shout for a penalty a little while later for the Shrimps but once again, Mr Miller didn`t want to know. What happened after that was disappointing from the spectators` point of view: the game was devoid of many chances and the skill level from both sides left a lot to be desired.
Whether Dons` Manager Neil Ardley knows anything about Pelog or any other musical scales, I frankly don`t know. They will hardly be dancing in the streets of Wimbledon tonight after his team`s display but a point on the road is better than nothing: his team stay in thirteenth position just a point behind their hosts. For Morecambe, Saturday`s draw was their fifth out of five games this year. To put this more positively, they are yet to be beaten home or away in 2015 and their reward is to remain eleventh in the table.