Date: 11th March 2017 at 5:06pm
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Yeovil arrived at the Globe Arena in seventeenth position in League Two and without a win in any competition since January. As Morecambe lost disappointingly 3-1 at Blackpool last Saturday, the Glovers were enduring the indignity of a 0-4 home reverse to Luton Town at Huish Park. So the omens were good for the Shrimps – who have an excellent recent record against the Somerset club, winning all three of their last meetings in the EFL.

The first incident of the game arrived in the first minute with a nasty clash of heads involving team-mates Alex Lacey and Alex Lomax which left the latter with a new shirt and Terry Butcher-like bandage to cover the resulting cut. The hosts had the first attempt of game, with Kevin Ellison shooting straight at Artur Kyysiak – making his one hundredth appearance for the Glovers today – in the visitors` goal after he had been set-up by Michael Duckworth. Yeovil had the next chance with five minutes played when Barry Roche was unable to hold Ben Whitfield`s low drive from a long way out but his defence was able to clear the ball away. On six minutes, the crowd applauded for a minute as a tribute to Alex Whitmore`s brother Mark, who died suddenly this week. Back on the field, Roche redeemed himself with a stunning stop, somehow managing to push Lacey`s point-blank header from Whitmore`s corner over the bar. As the half progressed, both teams had half chances with Paul Mullin troubling Krysiak on a couple of occasions and Tom Eaves coming quite close with a header for Yeovil before Aaron Wildig fired wide from a long way out after a clever interplay of passes with Antony Evans. At the other end, with just over a half an hour played, the visitors` captain Ryan Dickson sent over two dangerous crosses, the second of which was put away for a corner by the Shrimps` defence. Just before half time, Alex Lawless – who had broken-down with what appeared to be a muscular injury – had to be replaced by Matt Butcher. When play re-started after the substitution, Kyysiak again did well to keep Morecambe out, this time diving to his right to turn a shot from Lee Molyneux round the post. Straight down at the other end, though, virtually Butcher`s first contribution to the match was to smash an unstoppable swerving volley over Roche to put the visitors one-nil up in first half injury time. On the balance of play – with Matty Dolan, Kevin Dawson and Dickson playing some good stuff in midfield, they probably just about deserved it.

Within two minutes of the re-start, Whitfield dragged a shot wide from a Dolan free kick and then the Glovers` goalkeeper used his to grab another shot from Molyneux at the second time of asking. Next, Mullin squandered an excellent chance to equalise when he fired straight at the visiting keeper when one-on-one with him after Bevis Mugabi had allowed the ball to run through to the Shrimps striker after fifty-two minutes. But just a minute later, Mullin was thwarted by Krysiak once again only for Evans to steer home the resulting loose ball from six yards out to make it one goal each. But Yeovil went ahead again after 66 minutes when Peter Murphy failed to stop Whitfield putting a cross into the Shrimps` box; the ball was deflected to bob about and Lacey was the quickest to react to slide the ball home from just two yards out at the far post: it was a very poor goal to concede. Things deteriorated before they got worse again with Francois Zoko forcing another good save from Roche after 71 minutes and then an unmarked Mugabi heading home unchallenged from the resulting corner. The visitors should have gone even further ahead with 75 minutes played: Dolan`s 35 yard effort hit the post and Zoko seemed to have the easiest of chances to convert the rebound – instead, he blazed the ball wildly over the bar. As Yeovil continued to press, Morecambe showed very little resemblance to the motivated, organised team which has defied the critics and doubters this year by producing some sterling results so far. Today – as was the case at Blackpool last week – they were carrying too many passengers and lacked any real cohesion in defence or attack and if Darren Way`s side had brought their shooting boots to the seaside with them, they could have won by a much larger margin.

Their second disappointing second defeat in a row saw the Shrimps remain in fifteenth place; Yeovil also remained in seventeenth despite the three easy points they picked-up in Lancashire.

Morecambe: 1 Barry Roche; 6 Dean Winnard; 5 Ryan Edwards; 16 Alex Whitmore 15 Michael Duckworth; 8 Peter Murphy (C); 15 Aaron Wildig; 21 Antony Evans (18 Rhys Turner 78 mins); 10 Lee Molyneux; 11 Kevin Ellison (Y) (27 Luke Jordan 78 mins); 7 Paul Mullin.

Subs not used: 12 Danijel Nizic; 2 Liam Wakefield; 3 Aaron McGowan; 17 Andy Fleming; 14 Luke Conlan.

Yeovil Town: 1 Artur Krysiak; 2 Liam Shephard; 4 Matty Dolan; 5 Bevis Mugabi; 6 Alex Lacey;
7 Kevin Dawson; 8 Alex Lawless (16 Matt Butcher (Y) 43 mins); 9 Tom Eaves; 11 Ryan Dickson (C); 23 Francois Zoko; 28 Ben Whitfield.

Subs not used: 12 Jonny Maddison, 32 Tom James; 22 Ollie Bassett; 39 Shayon Harrison; 31 Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro; 17 Omar Sowumni.
Ref: Mark Brown