Date: 23rd January 2016 at 5:17pm
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Morecambe`s unbeaten start to the year came to a shuddering halt as their dismal record against Northampton continued at Sixfields on Saturday. The Shrimps had beaten the Cobblers only once in the past whereas Town have enjoyed eight victories over the visitors so far. The Shrimps were already without Aaron Wildig before kick-off due to injury but a further disappointment for Jim Bentley in his attempt to improve his team`s form against Town was the illness of first choice goalkeeper Barry Roche.

The Shrimps gave as good as they got for the first half hour but switched off as James Collins was fastest to react to a free kick hit straight down the middle of the field to beat 19-year old debutant Manchester United loanee Keiran O`Hara with a neat shot on 30 minutes. Just seven minutes later, the Cobblers went further ahead: the visitors` defence was static again as John-Joe O`Toole nipped in to deflect a shot from one of his teammates past O`Hara with his left foot. Any hope of a revival in the second half disappeared when yet more poor marking from a corner allowed Rod McDonald to head into the net unchallenged to wrap up the points for the Midlanders after fifty minutes. Having said that, the Shrimps never gave up and substitute Paul Mullin pulled one back with a tap-in after Kevin Ellison`s initial shot had been saved after 74 minutes. The win pushes Chris Wilder`s team to the top of the League Two table and marks a double over the Lancashire side this term. Morecambe`s loss sees them drop to fourteenth.
Ref: Gavin Ward