Date: 16th July 2011 at 7:11pm
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Morecambe earned a 1-1 draw with Blackburn Rovers in Jim Bentley’s first home game as Morecambe manager on Saturday afternoon.

After an entertaining opening 25 minutes Morecambe took the lead through Phil Jevons who slotted the ball past Mark Bunn in the Rovers goal.

Blackburn went close to getting an equaliser before half time when Gavin Gunning had a header cleared off the line by Garry Hunter.

In the second half Blacburn thought they were denied a penalty but the referee failed to point to the spot much to the anger of the Blacburn fans in the Bay Radio Stand.

Blackburn then had chance after chance and finally got the breakthrough with 15 minutes remaing when Mauro Formica struck the ball into the Shrimps net to earn the Premier League side the draw.

The game was a good workout for both sides and we can now look forward to the next game on Tuesday night.

The teams:

Morecambe: Roche (sub Routledge 64 mins), McReady, Wilson (sub Cowperthwaite 46 mins), Drummond (sub Fleming 64 mins), Fenton (sub Charnock 46 mins), Haining (sub Culshaw 66 mins), Reid, Hunter (sub McGee 90 mins), Alessandra, Jevons (sub Breen 88 mins), Carlton (sub Parkinson 72 mins).

Subs not used: Parkinson, McGee.

Blackburn Rovers: Bunn (sub Kean 60 mins), Salgado, Anderson, Samba (sub Pearson 46 mins), Gunning, Nzonzi, Emerton (sub Aley 60 mins), Dunn, Roberts (sub Henley 80 mins), Formica, Blackman.

Subs not used: Ramm, Edwards, Evans, Cotton, Osawe, Maclaren, R. Hanley.

That was not the only game played on Saturday, Rovers also took on Accrington stanley at Morecambe and heres what happend in that game:

Blackburn took the lead on 15 minutes through former MK Dons man Keith Andrews as his striker hit the back of the net.

After the break Accrington came out the stronger of the two sides and on 55 minutes it was 1-1 when Kurtis Guthrie got on the end of a cross into the box.

The winner came on 66 minuts after some nightmare keeping from Sean Murdock after he slipped and Kalinic was then faced with a simple tap in the score the winner, 2-1.

Blackburn Rovers: Robinson (sub Kean 65 mins), Ribeiro, Olsson, G. Hanley, Givet, Linganzi (sub Cotton 76 mins), Knowles (sub Henley 86), Andrews, Kalinic, Hoilett (sub Evans 32 mins), Pedersen.

Subs not used: Ramm, Pearson, Edwards, Aley, Osawe, Maclaren, R. Hanley.

Accrington Stanley: Murdock, Coid, McIntyre (sub Routledge 46 mins), Miller, Hessey (sub Joyce 46 mins), Murphy (sub Darville 46 mins), Barnett, Taylor (sub Richardson 62 mins), Guthrie, Craney, A. Trialist (sub Winnard 46 mins).

Subs not used: Dunbavin.

Vital Morecambe would like to wish Jim and the team all the best for the 2011/12 season.

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