Date: 12th September 2015 at 5:20pm
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Morecambe Manager Jim Bentley warned his players against complacency earlier this week. The Shrimps are currently on a fine run of form with four wins in a row in all competitions despite having lots of injuries and a couple of suspensions in recent times. ‘It’s important that we go from game to game,’ he said, ‘You’ve got to make sure you give every game that comes round your utmost and you do your homework on the opposition. That’s what we’re going to do this week with regards to Newport.’

As far as the Exiles are concerned, life could hardly be any worse currently. With six games played in League Two before their clash with Morecambe, they had picked-up a measly single point and Swindon Town had already dumped them out of the League Cup in the first round. Off the field, the club remains in crisis as well. Their Supporters` Trust has set a deadline of the end of this month to raise the nearly £200,000 required to buy the club from its current owner Lottery winner Les Scadding, who almost single-handedly resurrected the club after it folded in 1989 and has steered its way through successive promotions playing in English leagues due to a ruling by the Welsh FA – overturned by the club at European Union level – that all non-league clubs in the Principality must play only in the Welsh League: an effective dead end for any team with aspirations to join Swansea and Cardiff in the Football League.

So the omens weren`t promising for County before the match on Saturday. If we add to that Newport`s utterly dire League Two history against the visitors – four games; four defeats so far – and the fact that the Exiles were only one place above rock bottom of the Football League pile whereas Morecambe were healthily placed in sixth position, boss Terry Butcher – already with his hands full trying to influence the future of his club as a shareholder himself – really had his work cut out.

His team started by far the better and a combination of excellent goalkeeping and poor finishing by Lenell John Lewis (who missed with a header after four minutes) Scott Boden and Aaron Collins (who were both foiled by Barry Roche when they should have done better) could have put the Exiles well ahead within the first ten minutes. With 33 minutes played, however, Morecambe won their first corner – County had already had four and wasted them all. From it, Adam Dugdale headed Jamie Devitt`s dead ball kick into the bottom corner past goalkeeper Joel Day to put the visitors nil-one up. This is the difference between a team used to winning and one low on confidence: the former take their chances; the latter don`t. So Newport went in at half time one down and a look at the Table at that point saw them absolutely bottom of the League.

Jim Bentley changed things at half time, taking off Shaun Miller and Jamie Devitt and replacing them with Kevin Ellison and Alex Kenyon. Ellison had a fantastic chance to put the visitors further ahead but managed to just miss the target with a shot after 64 minutes. Almost immediately afterwards, Scott Barrow equalised for the Exiles with a fantastic shot from about 30 yards out. It looked like that was going to be the final score – effectively, the Shrimps had escaped with a point. But deep into injury time Referee Mr Lewis adjudged Aaron Hayden to have fouled Ellison as Morecambe`s number eleven seemed to be actually moving away from goal and awarded a penalty which substitute Paul Mullin duly dispatched.

So Morecambe`s fantastic record against the South Wales club continued: five games played; five games won. The victory puts them into fifth place just three points behind Leyton Orient at the top of the pile. Poor old Newport remain winless and now rooted to the bottom of the table – they were unlucky today but you have to take your chances when they appear? and County didn`t.
Ref: Ron Lewis