Date: 30th August 2016 at 9:29pm
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Morecambe played what has become their traditional match at Gigg Lane on Tuesday Evening against Bury in the re-named EFL Trophy. Gary Flitcroft and his team could be forgiven for hating the sight of the Shrimps: they beat them heavily in a more or less meaningless pre-season tournament a few weeks ago but they won at Gigg Lane last season to knock the Shakers out of this competition under its previous guise. During the 2014-15 season, they won both of the final contests between them in League Two and in April 2015, Morecambe came from behind to win 1-2 away from home to put Bury`s promotion push in jeopardy (although their place in the automatic promotion positions was guaranteed on the final day of the season when Jim Bentley`s side beat Southend and the Shakers took what had been the Shrimpers` guaranteed berth before the match started.)

Tonight, the visitors were up against it after just three minutes when Anthony Dudley was upended in the penalty area and Zeli Ismael converted past reserve Morecambe keeper Daniel Nizic. There were chances for both teams – notably to Jacob Mellis for the Shakers after quarter of an hour and Lee Molyneux six minutes later, both of whose shots were well blocked by defenders. Nizic made good stops from Mellis and Tom Pope and when the big Aussie was beaten after 38 minutes by a header from Antony Kay, Ryan Edwards was in the right place at the right time to clear it off the line. But Bury didn`t have things all their own way and Paul Mullin equalised after 43 minutes with a tremendous shot from a long way out which looped over Bury goalkeeper Ben Williams to find the back of the net.

In the second half, Bury upped the pace and started to create more and more chances as their lower league opposition increasingly began to play on the back foot. They went ahead again after just four minutes as Pope flicked the ball past Nizic from Danny Mayor`s cross. With just nine minutes left to play, Nizic pulled off another in a string of excellent saves when he managed to deny Tom Soares in a one-on-one situation. From the resulting corner, however, Kay scored his first goal for the Shakers with a powerful header. Just two minutes later, Williams maintained the home side`s advantage with a brilliant save from Jack Dunn`s free kick. A minute later, though, the same player saw another effort hit the Bury post after another really good shot. After 84 minutes, Morecambe supporters were able to welcome back Peter Murphy with virtually his first game for the Shrimps in two seasons following a string of injuries and serious illness in recent times. A minute later, experience and age gave way to youth and an eagerness to learn when 15 year old Chukwueameka Obi made his debut as the youngest player ever to represent the Shakers. This was just in time for Williams to make another splendid save from substitute Tom Barkhuizen and then Pope to get another goal with a toe poke at the other end in the second minute of injury time to make it a comprehensive win for the League One outfit by four goals to one.

Bury: 1 Ben Williams; 2 Craig Jones (22 Niall Maher 53 mins); 3 Greg Leigh; 6 Antony Kay (C) (Y); 7 Zeli Ismael (24 Hallam Hope 63 mins); 19 Danny Mayor(32 Chukwueameka Obi 85 mins); 11 Tom Pope; 15 Anthony Dudley; 18 Jacob Mellis; 19 Tom Soares; 25 Leon Barnett.

Subs not used: 20 Scott Burgess; 21 Paul Rahubka; 30 Jacob Bedeau; 31 Rob Harker.

Morecambe: 12 Dan Nizic; 2 Liam Wakefield (Y); 3 Aaron McGowan; 4 Alex Kenyon (C); 5 Ryan Edwards; 7 Paul Mullin (Y); 10 Lee Molyneux; 11 Kevin Ellison (9 Tom Barkhuizen 53 mins); 16 Alex Whitmore; 17 Andy Fleming (8 Peter Murphy 84 mins); 18 Rhys Turner.

Subs not used: 1 Barry Roche; 20 Jack Dunn; 23 Cole Stockton; 24 Michael Rose; 25 Ben Hedley.

Ref: Robert Jones