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Chesterfield 1-2 Morecambe

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?


Morecambe 4-1 Macclesfield

Morecambe recorded their biggest win of the season in glorious conditions at Christie Park, writes Danny Milligan.

But Sammy McIlory’s side got off to a horrendous start when after just three minutes, Izak Reid picked up the ball just inside the box and rolled it under Barry Roche.

And the first ten minutes were dominated by Macclesfield, with Reid very nearly making it two when Roche punched the ball straight to him in the area.

Morecambe re-grouped and came back into the game on 17 minutes courtesy of Henry McStay’s volley at the back post. It followed a foul on Rene Howe, the free kick taken by Craig Stanley and McStay sneaking in to draw the home side level.


And only seven minutes later a corner from Stanley was flicked on by Howe at the near post to fall nicely for Danny Carlton to head his side into the lead.


Macclesfield did create a couple of chances late in the first half, the best of which was a cross by Ahmed Deen to Martin Gritton who beat his man but shot wide.


The home side dominated much of the second half and Morecambe’s third came from Stuart Drummond who headed past Macclesfield keeper Jon Brain, the cross coming from the left by Neil Wainwright.


Michael Twiss returned for Morecambe with 15 minutes remaining, having recovered from an ankle injury that has meant he has only featured three times this season.


And the game was well and truly wrapped up 11 minutes from time, Rene Howe picked up the ball just inside the box and curled it past Brain.


Here are the results from Boxing Day, with a full-set of fixtures to follow on Sunday:


Barnet 0-3 Aldershot
Brentford 2-0 Bournemouth
Bury 2-2 Darlington
Chester 2-0 Accrington Stanley
Chesterfield 2-2 Luton
Dag & Red 2-0 Gillingham
Grimsby 0-1 Notts County
Lincoln City 0-0 Bradford
Morecambe 4-1 Macclesfield
Rochdale 2-1 Shrewsbury
Rotherham 1-0 Port Vale
Wycombe 1-1 Exeter