Date: 3rd October 2015 at 5:41pm
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Morecambe`s poor run of form continued on Saturday at the Globe Arena when they lost their third home league game in a row. Their record against newly-promoted Rovers was fairly even before the game – the Shrimps had won two of six previous games; Bristol Rovers three.

Lee Mansell`s shot was saved by Barry Roche at the cost of a corner after 27 minutes but from the resultant dead ball kick, the visiting striker finally managed to turn the ball home from Gibraltar international Jake Gosling`s cross from the Rovers` left to put Bristol nil-one up. With forty-two minutes played, Tom Barhuizen had a shot which just missed Lee Nicholl`s goal but within a minute the hosts had equalised when Sean Miller placed a clever chip out of reach of Bristol`s loanee goalkeeper, who had rushed off his line towards him. `The Gas` went in level at half time but within two minutes of the restart, Billy Bodin regained the lead for the visitors with a shot from inside the penalty area after the Morecambe goalkeeper had palmed Jermaine Easter`s swerving effort into his path. It got worse still for the Shrimps when Matty Taylor turned Lee Brown`s cross past Roche to make it 1-3 to Rovers with 58 minutes played. Virtually straight from kick-off, however, Barkhuizen made up for his earlier miss when he pulled one back with a right-footed shot. Ellis Harrison restored the visitors` advantage once more though when he blasted the ball high and straight into the top of the net from a penalty given when Shaun Beeley was adjudged by the unfortunately-named Mr Madley to have handled the ball when it was hit straight at him. But Morecambe were the recipient of another penalty decision when Miller was brought-down by Ollie Clarke with four minutes left. Substitute Paul Mullin duly put the ball away again. After this, the visitors perhaps understandably tried – and succeeded – to hold on to what they had and although Nicholls was booked for time-wasting right at the death, he would probably describe it as taking one for the team as Bristol hung-on for a whole seven minutes of injury time to finally register the win. The three points push Darrell Clarke`s team up the table into Morecambe`s position this morning: twelfth. The Shrimps fall into the bottom half to fourteenth and Jim Bentley must be concerned with his team`s apparent inability – not for the first time in his tenure – to turn home advantage into points at the Globe. He claimed to be happy with his team`s forward play after the game but said the defence `needed shaking up`: they `need to stop feeling sorry for themselves and stand up and be counted.` Let`s hope they do so – and do so quickly?