Shrimps’ bag second away win by Danny Milligan
Morecambe secured their first win of 2009 at Chesterfield’s Recreation Ground on Saturday.
Second half goals from Rene Howe and Craig Stanley were enough to give the Shrimps’ three points.
Michael Twiss volleyed over in the third minute for the Shrimps’ but it was a poor first half with both teams unable to create any substantial chances.
The second half started brightly and a Shrimps’ break on 54 minutes saw Howe open the scoring with a diving header at the back post, courtesy of a Fraser McLachlan cross.
But Chesterfield responded immediately with Martin Gritton picking up a Jack Lester pass and striking the ball past Barry Roche in the Morecambe goal.
Morecambe re-gained their advantage after 67 minutes, a Neil Wainwright cross from the left found Stanley on his own in the box, the midfielder side-footing the ball past Spireites’ keeper Tommy Lee.
Matty Blinkhorn and Twiss also had good chances as Chesterfield pressed, but both blasted over the bar.
Ex-Chesterfield and current Morecambe keeper Barry Roche spoke to me after the game.
He said: “It was very strange playing back at my old ground today. I have looked forward to this game all season.
“Against Gillingham last week we were really poor but we have worked hard all this week and it has paid off.
“The goals we scored today reflected the work we have done in training, getting the ball wide and into the box.
“We don’t score enough goals and we can’t keep relying on Rene (Howe) but today will give us a big boost”.
*Chesterfield’s loss has also raised questions over manager Lee Richardson’s future at the club. What are your views? Should he walk or are managers in lower leagues taking the blame for players lack of effort or commitment?
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Tagged Barry Roche, Chesterfield, Craig Stanley, Fraser McLachlan, Jack Lester, Martin Gritton, Matty Blinkhorn, Michael Twiss, Morecambe, Neil Wainwright, Rene Howe
So Blyth Spartans roll on in the F.A. Cup.
After dismissing Shrewsbury Town in the first round, they have squeezed past Bournemouth in the second. It took a replay, and a last minute goal, but now they are rewarded with a home tie against Blackburn Rovers, and who would bet against them causing the struggling Premier League side trouble?
The winner came from substitute Ged Dalton, who amazingly does not even train with the Spartans! But the game-changing moment was Brett Pitman’s straight red halfway through the second period. Either way, it’s the non-league side that are through to the third round.
And Chesterfield were frustrated again at Blue Square North side Droylsden. The Spireites were 2-0 up thanks to goals from Jack Lester and Darren Currie, but the game was sensationally abadoned for the second time, due to floodlight failure. And struggling manager Lee Richardson was, shall we say, less than impressed.
So the results leaves just three League 2 sides left in the competition. Chesterfield obviously still have a second round tie to get past, but Gillingham face Premier League side Aston Villa at home, while Macclesfield also face a team from the top-flight in Everton.
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Tagged Aston Villa, Blackburn Rovers, Blyth Spartans, Bournemouth, Brett Pitman, Chesterfield, Darren Currie, Droylsden, Everton, F.A. Cup, Ged Dalton, Gillingham, Jack Lester, Lee Richardson, Macclesfield, Premier League, Shrewsbury Town
With a full set of mid-week fixtures, League 2 threw up some interesting results.
First off, what a result for Chester City. New manager Mark Wright took his side to high-flying Darlington, and came away with a 2-1 win. Rob Purdie put the home side ahead, before a stunning volley from Ryan Lowe (below) levelled things up. And Shaun Kelly headed in the winner to deny Dave Penney’s team.
In an entertaining match at Valley Parade, Bradford came from 2-0 down to win the game. Jack Lester gave Chesterfield an early lead, followed by a deflected Darren Currie effort to put the Spireites in control. Graeme Lee started the comeback with a free kick, before Michael Boulding squared the game with a header. And with 20 minutes to go, Alan Goodall was sent off for bringing Nicky Law
down in the box. Barry Conlon piled on the misery for Lee Richardson by dispatching the penalty, and making it 3-2.
In other news, Wycombe extended their unbeaten run at the top, with Matt Harrold and Lewis Spence netting the goals. And a late Grant Holt penalty gave Shrewsbury a much needed victory over Dag & Red.
Tues Nov 25 Results:
Aldershot 2-0 Lincoln
Bournemouth 0-0 Morecambe
Bradford 3-2 Chesterfield
Darlington 1-2 Chester
Exeter 1-1 Rotherham
Gillingham 1-1 Rochdale
Luton 0-1 Brentford
Macclesfield 1-0 Grimsby
Notts County 0-2 Wycombe
Port Vale 0-0 Barnet
Shrewsbury 2-1 Dag & Red
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Tagged Alan Goodall, Barry Conlon, Bradford City, Chester City, Chesterfield, Dag & Red, Darlington, Darren Currie, Dave Penney, Graeme Lee, Grant Holt, Jack Lester, Lee Richardson, Lewis Spence, Mark Wright, Matt Harrold, Michael Boulding, Nicky Law, Rob Purdie, Ryan Lowe, Shaun Kelly, Shrewsbury Town, Valley Parade, Wycombe Wanderers
League 2 possesses a lot of good strikers, and here is my top 10.
1) Jamie Ward – Joint top scorer in League 2 this season with 11 goals, and attracting a lot of interest from the higher divisions.
2) Andy Bishop – Consistently a great striker in this division for Bury. Always seems to score against your team!
3) Peter Thorne – Tops the charts with Jamie Ward – deadly in the air.
4) Grant Holt – Signed for £170,000 from Nottingham Forest, the Shrewsbury striker has netted more goals in all competitions than anyone else.
5) Simeon Jackson – The Gills shelled out £150,000 for Jackson, whose pace has seen him net 7 goals this season.
6) Jack Lester – Experienced 33-year old who finished 3rd in Europe’s ‘goals to games’ ratio last season, behind Fernando Torres and Cristiano Ronaldo.
7) Ben Strevens – Has been a revelation since he joined Dagenham from Barnet.
8.) Billy Clarke – Skillful youngster who was on-loan from Ipswich before having to return early because of injury. Has grabbed 9 goals for Darlington this year.
9) Luke Rodgers – I find it astounding that Rodgers has not been a regular at Vale Park this season. Quick and a good finisher, no wonder a move to Yeovil is on the cards.
10) Charlie MacDonald – Scored just one goal for Southend last season, but has proven he is a top goalscorer with 7 already this year.
If you don’t agree, or feel someone deserves a mention, add your own top 10 in the comments section.
Spireites come back from two goals down to match a potent Shrews, writes Demetri Loizou.
Holt netted both Shrewsbury goals
Shewsbury controlled the first-half at Saltergate, with Chris Humphrey’s pace causing Chesterfield problems down the right wing. And in the fourth minute of three added on, Grant Holt was fouled by Chesterfield skipper Robert Page in the box. Holt converted, and his goal was soon followed by the half-time whistle. It was devastating for the Spireites to go into the break a goal down, after defending so well for most of the half.
Nine minutes after the break, Grant Holt added to Shrewsbury’s lead. After ripping open the home side’s defence, the ball emerged to Holt who had no trouble in smashing the top corner of Trevor Carson’s goal.
Shrewsbury looked like finally ending their away-day hoodoo, until former Shrew, Darren Currie entered the fray. This was an unlikely stroke of brilliance from manager Lee Richardson, as Currie netted his second Chesterfield goal just eight minutes after coming on. It was a horrible mistake by Shrews keeper Glynn Garner, and it started a Chesterfield comeback.
Four minutes later, centre-half Michael Jackson chopped Jack Lester en-route to goal and a penalty was given. The foul could have merited a red card, as Jackson was arguably the last man, but a yellow was deemed sufficient.
Jamie Ward converted from the spot to put the Spireites on level terms and suddenly it looked like Shrewsbury could lose the game. They came under a barrage of pressure, as two more penalty shouts were turned down. However, they were resolute enough to come away with a point.
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Tagged Chesterfield, Chris Humphrey, Darren Currie, Glynn Garner, Grant Holy, Jack Lester, Jamie Ward, Lee Richardson, Michael Jackson, Robert Page, Shrewsbury Town, Trevor Carson
With a full set of mid-week games, League 2 threw up some interesting results.
Chesterfield went to third-placed Exeter and came away with a stunning 6-1 victory. Chesterfield went 1-0 up thanks to Jamie Winter thunderbolt from 25 yards out. Just before half-time they grabbed a second, Alan Goodall cutting inside and finishing well. Exeter pulled one back early in the second half, but a quick brace from veteran striker Jack Lester, plus goals from Jamie Ward and substitute Darren Currie saw the Spireites cruise to victory.
Elsewhere in the division, Chester City surprisingly overcame a lacklustre Brentford at the Deva. Ryan Lowe netted twice in a 3-0 victory for the underdogs. A late winner from Barry Conlon saw Bradford sneak a win over early-season pace setters Bury. Darlington beat Rotherham United 1-0 at the Don Valley stadium, while Shrewsbury went three games without a win, drawing 2-2 at home to Barnet.
League leaders Wycombe’s game at home to Macclesfield was abandoned after 23 minutes due to the bad weather, while Luton’s home fixture against Bournemouth suffered the same fate.
Tuesday Oct 28 Results:
Aldershot 1-0 Port Vale
Bradford 1-0 Bury
Chester 3-0 Brentford
Dag & Red 4-0 Grimsby
Exeter 1-6 Chesterfield
Lincoln City 2-0 Gillingham
Luton Town A-A Bournemouth
Morecambe 1-1 Accrington Stanley
Notts County 1-2 Rochdale
Rotherham 0-1 Darlington
Shrewsbury 2-2 Barnet
Wycombe A-A Macclesfield
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