Date: 1st March 2016 at 10:22pm
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The Shrimps travelled to Kenilworth Road on Tuesday night attempting to address a dire run of form – just one point out of the last potential twenty-four – as well as trying to win back the Eric Morecambe Cup, which Luton took home with them after the game at the Globe last September which they won 1-3.

Morecambe were on the back foot for the opening period of the game but came back into it as the match progressed and had a few half-chances of their own. Overall, though, a draw was probably a fair reflection of things when the teams went in goall-less at half time. The only downside for the visitors was the loss of Captain Shaun Beeley, who was injured just before the break and replaced by Luke Conlan, who is on loan from Burnley for the rest of the season.

Luton had a decent chance with fifty-five minutes played but Barry Roche came quickly off his line to make a good save from Craig Mackail-Smith. The game – which was a pretty even contest throughout – swung on the performance of Luton`s Paddy McCourt, who had an outstanding match for the Hatters in midfield. After seventy-seven minutes – with the contest seemingly drifting towards a draw – he picked-out Jack Marriot with a sublime pass and Luton`s number fourteen beat Roche with a left-footed shot to retain Eric`s Trophy and condemn the visitors to their eighth defeat out of nine in a row as far as League Two is concerned. Morecambe remain eighteenth despite the latest loss and have a ten point cushion between themselves and the upper relegation position. The good form of the team earlier in the season plus the fact that Yeovil, York and Dagenham in particular appear to be even less able to grind-out results means that the Shrimps` position is not yet desperate by any means. But on the first day of Spring, there was none in Morecambe`s step. Let`s hope that a winter of discontent as far as the Manager and his players have been concerned blossoms into something more positive before May arrives?
Ref: Darren Deadman