Date: 30th April 2016 at 5:57pm
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Morecambe`s record against Exeter City hasn`t been brilliant over the years. They have lost twice as many matches as they have won against the Grecians but they won for the first time ever against the Devon club when push came to shove, beating them in the Conference Final at Wembley to get into the League nine years ago. This has been a disappointing end to the season for both clubs – Exeter have come up short as far as their campaign to at least reach the play-off again was concerned and the wheels have completely fallen off as far as the Shrimps are concerned with relegation form all this calendar year. So the only thing at stake today really was pride.

Both teams had chances during a poor first half. For Exeter, Jayden Stockley`s header was blocked by Adam Dugdale after ten minutes but he warmed Barry Roche`s hands in the visitors` goal with a shot two minutes later. Lee Holmes also tested the goalkeeper again after 28 minutes. For Morecambe, Shaun Miller was played-in with a ball over the top after eleven minutes but was ruled-off-side after missing the target with a shot in any case. And that was about it.

In the second half, Aaron Wildig squandered a golden opportunity for the visitors after an hour, blasting the ball wildly into the side netting instead of hitting the target and Stockley missed with a poor header from Jake Taylor`s cross for the home team after eighty minutes. But the game suddenly sparked into life in the last few minutes. Firstly, a Jamie Devitt cross from the right evaded everyone in the Grecian`s penalty area except Kevin Ellison who smashed it home past Bobby Olejnik. But the lead didn`t last long: just three minutes later, Exeter`s players were appealing for a penalty after Dugdale had handled the ball out of sight of referee Darren Drysdale, He consulted with his officials and eventually pointed to the spot from which Stockley made no mistake.

So Morecambe`s final away game ended 1-1: better than losing and a nice change in recent times. The point left the Shrimps in 21st position; Exeter – for what little it is worth – moved up to eleventh.
Ref:Darren Drysdale