Date: 19th December 2015 at 6:05pm
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Morecambe have a poor record against York City going back to non-league days which is only partially redeemed by their win over them in the Play-Off Semi Finals on the way to ultimate promotion from the Conference during 2007. Back in the day, only the re-election farce which guaranteed the Closed Shop of the Football League season after dreary season for decades kept the Minster Men in an artificially inflated position year after year at the expense of more progressive clubs such as Wigan, Macclesfield, Altrincham, Morecambe themselves and plenty of others from near to home and Yeovil, Wimbledon and teams such as Slough and Enfield – which have subsequently disappeared without trace – from further away. City reverted to their usual form as a league club once they got back into the lowest tier of the pyramid three years ago – and that is to struggle against relegation season after season. Since they got back into the League for the latest time, however, they have only lost once to the Shrimps in six meetings so far. And so the pattern continued today.

Morecambe were 1-0 down at half time after 37 minutes when an unchallenged Dave Winfield headed James Berrett`s free-kick past Barry Roche after a foul by Shaun Beeley on Bradley Fewster. The Minster Men went further ahead after six minutes of the second half when Berrett himself scored with a shot from outside the penalty area. The visitors reduced the arrears virtually straight afterwards when Lee Molyneux slung the ball over for Jamie Devitt to poke it past Flinders. The Shrimps pushed forward after this and had at least two efforts cleared off the York line. But they were unable to reduce City`s lead any further and ultimately continued a disappointing recent run of form by losing again. Morecambe’s Assistant Manager Ken McKenna spoke to the media after the game and regretted the `lapses in concentration` at the back which are undoing the Shrimps` positive performances going forward. “We got done” he said.

Struggling York stay just one position above the drop zone as a result; Morecambe remain seventeenth, a whole twelve points ahead of them at the moment.
Ref: Carl Boyeson