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?