Date: 30th September 2015 at 12:54pm
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The Shrimps welcomed Luton Town to the Globe Arena on Tuesday night not only to compete for three points in League Two but also to decide who can keep the Eric Morecambe Trophy for the next five months, when the two clubs will contest it again at Kenilworth Road on March the First. The Trophy – designed by Graham Ibbeson, who is also responsible for the life-sized statue of Eric on the promenade not too far from Morecambe`s ground – was won by the hosts and then retained in Bedfordshire later last season when Jim Bentley`s side won both contests between the two teams.

At the start of the match, Morecambe were seventh in the table following a commendable draw away against Oxford on Saturday. Town have had a disappointing start to this season and were in sixteenth position at the start of the game. But Manager John Still – as most Morecambe fans know to their cost from his days as Dagenham boss – is a wily old fox and a safe pair of hands and their 2-0 win on Saturday against relatively nearby rivals AFC Wimbledon was confirmation that better things lay in store for the Hatters.

They continued this run of form by taking the lead after thirteen minutes when Luke Wilkinson headed home Paddy McCourt`s corner, which had been conceded by Adam Dugdale. The hosts equalised with 25 minutes on the clock when Aaron Wildig played-in Tom Barkhuizen to score with a shot from within the six-yard area. But just a minute later, Cameron McGeehan restored the visitors` lead with a right footed shot high into Barry Roche`s net. It was 1-2 at half time but Luton weathered the storm as the Shrimps searched for a further equaliser in the second half to score another goal right at the death. Jonathan Smith had an effort saved in the 87th minute but within sixty seconds, he found the back of the net with a well-placed shot from close in. John Still`s team thus headed back to Bedfordshire with not only the three points but the Eric Morecambe Trophy as well. The Manager pronounced himself happy with the victory afterwards:”I thought for the ninety minutes we were the best team and deserved to win against a good side.” The victory moves the Hatters up into eleventh place; leap-frogging Morecambe in the process: the Shrimps have slipped out of the Play-Off positions to twelfth, equal with Luton on 14 points.
Ref: Chris Sarginson