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|Posted by Goalkeepers on December 23, 2012 at 6:40 AM||comments (0)|
Morecambe 0 United Res 1
Bebe scored the only goal of the game as United's Reserves won 1-0 in the Lancashire Senior Cup at blustery Morecambe.
The Reds almost went in front in the eighth minute when Davide Petrucci released Federico Macheda, who rounded Andreas Arestidou but saw Laurence Wilson slide in to clear his shot off the line.
However, the Shrimps responded by enjoying the better of the next phase of play. The lively Izak Reid should have done better when racing clean through but skied his shot, Dan Parkinson forced a save out of Anders Lindegaard at his near post and Alec Naylor's glancing header dropped just off target.
Petrucci tried to gee up the visitors by testing Arestidou's alertness with a couple of attempts while the keeper made a top-drawer save to turn away Michael Keane's acrobatic overhead kick.
Bebe had already sent a couple of shots wide when he made the breakthrough after switching from the left to right flank. Tricking his way into the box past full-back Wilson, the Portugal Under-21 international clubbed a right-footed shot across Arestidou and into the corner of the net.
Arestidou was able to address Bebe's next attempt, from a Ryan Tunnicliffe lay-off, after it deflected towards him and Macheda failed to finish a fine run in the manner it deserved by dragging wide to ensure the gap remained one goal at the break.
The fact that Morecambe still remained within touching distance was largely down to the excellence of Arestidou. The former Preston keeper squeezed out Marnick Vermijl at his near post after a purposeful thrust forward by the Belgian, palmed away a Tunnicliffe shot from the edge of the box and then
performed a superb tip-over to repel Petrucci's raking drive.
Wilson lashed an ambitious attempt well wide and Parkinson's deflected drive trickled through to Lindegaard as the second half passed with the hosts still capable of forcing extra-time. Adnan Januzaj replaced Tom Thorpe and made an instant impression, threading passes through to Bebe and Macheda but the forwards could not supply the finishing touch.
The Shrimps barely threatened although Lewis Alessandra had one genuine opportunity to level the scores but could only head wide and receive a knock from Lindegaard in the process. The Dane comfortably kept a clean sheet as United closed things out to record a narrow victory.
United: Lindegaard; Wootton, M.Keane, Fornasier, Vermijl; Cole, Thorpe (Januzaj 67), Tunnicliffe, Petrucci, Bebe; Macheda. Subs not used: McGinty, Sutherland, Veseli.
from a personal note nice of Manchester United to put the Morecambe side names on thier site - but great see the keeper getting all the recognition he deserves
|Posted by Goalkeepers on December 23, 2012 at 6:40 AM||comments (0)|
Bebe goal sinks Shrimps
A youthful Morecambe side was knocked out of the Lancashire Senior Cup after a 1-0 defeat to holders Manchester United at the Globe Arena writes ADAM WOODHOUSE.
The Red Devils included stars such as Federico Macheda, Bebe and Anders Lindegaard in their starting line-up and it was Bebe who scored the only goal of the game with a well taken solo effort.
Meanwhile, Stewart Drummond used the game as an opportunity to give starts to Alec Naylor, Aaron McGowan and Will Bell, alongside more senior players Lewis Alessandra and Izak Reid.
It was United who had the first chance of the game, when Federico Macheda was put through on goal by Ryan Tunnicliffe but after rounding Andreas Arestidou the Italian’s shot was superbly blocked on the line by the Morecambe defence.
The Shrimps then began to get a foothold in the game, with Alessandra and Reid both looking dangerous in attack.
It was those two who linked up well for Morecambe’s first chance, when Alessandra’s long ball beat the entire United defence, but Reid could only blaze over when one-on-one with goalkeeper Lindegaard.
Just seconds later and Drummond’s side nearly went in front again, when winger Dan Parkinson was put through on goal after a sublime pass from youngster Naylor, but he saw his shot well saved by the feet of Lindegaard.
Warren Joyce’s Red Devils woke up after those missed chances, with Bebe and Davide Petrucci causing problems for the Morecambe defence.
The Shrimps had Arestidou to thank for keeping the scoreline at 0-0, when first, he pushed aside Petrucci’s long range strike, before expertly turning Mikele Fornasier’s overhead kick wide of his right post at full stretch.
But the Shrimps keeper could do nothing to prevent Bebe from giving United the lead after 28 minutes, when the Portuguese U21 international weaved his way past Laurence Wilson before shooting low and hard across Arestidou into the bottom corner.
It was more of the same after the break with United’s attacking talent too much for the Shrimps defence and Arestidou had to be at his best to keep it at 1-0.
He got down well to his left hand post to push Tunnicliffe’s low drive behind, before Petrucci’s ferocious strike was heading for the top corner before the Morecambe stopper flung himself to his right and tipped the ball over the bar.
The Shrimps struggled in attack, with blocked shots from both Alessandra and Parkinson the best they could muster.
Bebe – who cost United £7million in 2010 – continued to cause problems with his pace and he nearly got his second of the night when his goal-bound shot was well blocked by Chris Doyle and Andy Parrish.
Drummond’s side made a last ditch attempt to get an equaliser but Wilson saw his speculative shot blocked, as the Shrimps failed to break through a stubborn United defence.
It is now back to league action for the Shrimps with a home game against Dagenham and Redbridge on Saturday, with several players certain to have impressed manager Jim Bentley.
Morecambe: Arestidou; McGowan, Parrish, Doyle, Wilson (Lewis 86); McGee, Bell, Naylor; Reid, Alessandra, Parkinson (Woods 67). Subs not used: Pybis, Dunleavy, Newton.
Man United: Lindegaard; Wootton, Keane, Fornasier, Vermijl; Bebe (Lawrence 78), Thorpe (Januzaj 67), Tunnicliffe, Cole; Petrucci; Macheda. Subs not used: McGinty, Sutherland, Veselli.
Referee: Dean Mohareb
|Posted by Goalkeepers on December 18, 2012 at 1:10 PM||comments (0)|
Cup clash will bring in important cash
SHRIMPS' boss Jim Bentley is urging fans to back his side against Manchester United's youngsters on Wednesday evening.
Morecambe face United's young guns in the Lancashire Senior Cup quarter final tie at the Globe Arena with Bentley hoping for a big crowd.
He said: "On the face of it it is not the biggest competition that the club enters but it is certainly one of the most attractive fixtures of the season against arguably the biggest club in the world.
"There is an added bonus too as a big gate could also largely fund the reserves for the full season which is a massive boost for the club.
"Whatever side United have they are bound to include some stars of the future and it should be another great occasion.''
Morecambe will also have some youngers in their squad, i wounder who, lol
|Posted by Goalkeepers on November 23, 2012 at 2:15 PM||comments (0)|
Morecambe Youth keep a clean sheet as the Team Defeat Lancashire Rivals
Morecambe thoroughly deserved their 4-0 win on a cold but sunny Saturday morning and a wet and heavy pitch that had players slipping and sliding trying to keep their feet and balance and Morecambe seemed to have the longer studs as they out fought the Blackpool side in areas of the pitch.
Morecambe came out of the blocks in the game still stinging from, what they believe was an un Lucky 6-4 defeat at the hands of their Lancashire rivals at the end of September at a windswept Blackpool pitch and were determined to set the record straight and with in 3 minutes when a ball was played inch perfect over the the Blackpool defence allowing Morecambe to open the scoring with an easy goal that left the visitors reeling.
Morecambe played at a fast a furious pace not allowing Blackpool to settle on the ball, and controlled the first half, being faster to the first and the second ball and in the process playing some nice passing football themselves, indeed only for the Blackpool keeper pulling of a series of saves, could well have gone in at half time at least 2 or 3 goals up.
This is not to say it was all one way traffic, Blackpool had a terrific chance to equalise, only minutes after Morecambe had scored and a shot raced across the area beating the defence, the on rushing striker and for Morecambe's sake the post as it flashed wide for a goal kick.
Leaving the Shrimps going in only 1-0 up and all to play for in the second half, as Blackpool were certainly still in this game.
The second half started again in whirlwind fashion as on 48 minutes the Blackpool centre half was ruled by the referee to have brought down the Morecambe forward who was through and in on goal after a delightful chip over the defence seen him clean through, as the last man the centre back had to go, indeed there was no offers of defence from the Blackpool line, who looked resigned to losing the player even before the red card was produced.
Morecambe who were already on top in this game certainly made the extra man count and started to knock the ball around with some comfort, and after 54 minutes the lead was doubled after a nice passing move.
But Blackpool where never just going to lay down and capitulate. Blackpool changed their formation in the second half and it did make a difference when On 63 minutes Blackpool almost got an back in to the game with a Seasiders player shooting from 30 yards. With the ball looking destined for the top corner the Morecambe goalkeeper, Luke Pybis did well to get a strong hand to the ball and tip it wide.
From the Blackpool web site "With the ball looking destined for the top corner the Morecambe goalkeeper did well to get a strong hand to the ball and tip it wide" http://www.blackpoolfc.co.uk/news/article/10-man-pool-lose-at-morecambe-498507.aspx
Just seven minutes later Morecambe hammered another nail in the coffin as they buried all hopes that Blackpool may have had by scoring again, making the game safe at 3-0. this seemed to knock the stuffing out of a very good Blackpool team that although to their credit continued to come forward, but after 81 minutes Morecambe only added icing to the cake when they again easily broke down a Blackpool attack and breaking at pace scored a fourth goal.
Morecambe could have gone on to score more as a brave Blackpool team left them selves exposed at the back pushing for a consolation goal, but the game fizzled out as the outcome had been truly settled by this time.
This was Morecambe's first win of the league season and this was one of the few times that it can be said that Morecambe played a full strength team against decent opposition and it showed, as at times we completely dominated a mid table Blackpool side who would have been brimming with confidence after a great 3-2 home win against championship hopefuls Carlise Utd only the week before.
From my own point of view the save that kept the score at 2-0 was felt fantastic but it was my overall communication with a great centre back combination along with the 2 full backs that kept out a buoyant Blackpool side to be reduced to them to a handful of half chances.
Another achievment is the third clean sheet of the season for Morecambe and i have personally been in goal for all three of them.
A great result for the whole Morecambe out fit who can be mighty proud of themselves, with this spirit and this particular team, we could give any one a game.
|Posted by Goalkeepers on November 3, 2012 at 5:15 PM||comments (0)|
Youngsters bow out of FA Youth Cup
THE Shrimps' youngsters bowed out of the FA Youth Cup with a narrow defeat at Doncaster.
Dickie Danson's side played some great football and dominated the game for long periods but could not find their way past an inspired Doncaster goalkeeper who made a string of fine saves.
The young Shrimps also saw three efforts cleared off the line as they hunted for a deserved equaliser.
Dickie said: "Doncsaster are a really good side who have done well in their league this year.
"We knew it was going to be a tough game but our lads were outstanding and how they didn't score at least one goal is beyond me.
"They can take great heart from their performance and hopefully we can build on it in our own league.''
A report on the game can be found at http://www.doncasterroversfc.co.uk/news/article/report-rovers-1-0-morecambe-458671.aspx Doncaster Rover website
|Posted by Goalkeepers on November 3, 2012 at 4:55 PM||comments (0)|
Morecambe 4 - 0 Accrington Stanley
Four second half goals gave the Shrimps victory in this well contested Lancashire Youth Cup clash at the Globe Arena.
Only 10 days previous in a football league puma youth game, no quater was given in a hard faught and highly exciting 0-0 draw played Morecambe's 3g pitch due to the weather, this game was played in the Globe Arena, in an all action, no holds bared game.
The game started at a quick pace with the action swinging from end to end but with both defences very much on top.
It was the Shrimps who provided the first moments of threat. On 20 minutes Simon Wearing was put through on goal but was denied by an excellent save from Stanley keeper Andrew Dawber who played against the Shrimps for Accrington on the recent Johnstone’s Paint Trophy clash.
One minute later the Shrimps had another half chance when a smart piece of skill from Luke Selby saw him find James Riley on the edge of the box but the striker drilled his effort over the bar.
Sam Houghton fired the Shrimps into the lead on 51 minutes with a superb free kick.
A foul on the edge of the area gave Houghton a site on goal and he let fly with a superb right foot shot that flew past Andrew Dawber.
Accrington hit back and almost levelled after a goalmouth scramble just after the hour but Shrimps’ keeper Luke Pybis produced a brilliant point blank save.
The keeper was rewarded for his bravery when Morecambe added a second on 68 minutes with another quality goal. Robbie Walker produced a sublime piece of skill to weave his way down the left hand byline before pulling the ball back superbly for Simon Wearing to score from close range.
Kieran Sloan went close to adding a third with a header from Kieran Britton’s left wing cross that went just wide before the Shrimps added to their advantage on 72 minutes when Sloan took advantage of a defensive mix-up to slot the ball into the empty goal.
Ed Gate made it 4-0 eight minutes from time with a free header from another excellent free kick.
Accrington had chances to pull one back with James Jenkins heading inches wide and Connor Mahoney also coming close after another excellent left wing cross from Ben Procter.
Morecambe: Pybis; Selby, Bell, Knipe, Britton; Finney, Walker (rep Suthers 87), Sloan, Riley; Wearing rep Gate 80), Houghton. Subs not used: Hunter, Lewis, Cookson.
Accrington: Dawber, Clarke, Procter, Jefferies, Greaves; Goulding, Mahoney, Willison (rep Hudson 71), Jenkins; Barker (rep Webb 53), Doig (rep Steenson 74). Subs not used: Bresnahan, Wolland.
Report by Chris Walford on the game below
Morecambe FC U18's vs Accrington Stanley FC U18's - Lancashire League Cup
Morecambe’s youngsters progressed into the second round of the Lancashire League Cup after an emphatic 4-0 win against Accrington Stanley on Tuesday night.
Although Morecambe enjoyed the majority of possession and looked the more promising in the first half, the teams went in at half-time with the score at 0-0.
Morecambe justifiably took the lead in the 48th minute after Sam Horton hit what manager Dickie Danson described as: “An absolute screamer from 20 yards.”
Luke Pybis made a terrific save to keep it at 1-0 as this acted as a warning to the youngsters.
Dickie said: “We played some great stuff and continued that pressure throughout the second half.”
That pressure was rewarded in the 58th minute as a cross was met by Kieran Slorn to make it 2-0 to the Shrimps.
Shortly after a well worked short corner saw Robbie Walker jinx down the dead-ball line and square the ball for Simon Wearing to make it 3-0 in the 60th minute.
Substitute Edward Gate secured Morecambe’s place in the second round after netting with his first touch in the 83rd minute to make it 4-0.
Dickie said: “The more experienced players definitely benefited from their rest at the weekend and were very fresh going into the game. It was a great evening, we had a good crowd in and the lads certainly delivered.”
Morecambe’s next game is in the first round of the Youth Alliance Cup where they face a home tie against Chesterfield. They’ll be looking to carry over the confidence gained from this cup match in order to proceed in this competition as well.
by Chris Walford
|Posted by Goalkeepers on October 23, 2012 at 3:30 PM||comments (0)|
Monday 22nd Oct 2012
Morecambe Youth 4 Stanley Youth 0
Four second half goals from Morecambe knocked Accrington Stanley out of the Lancashire Youth Cup. Goals from Sam Houghton, Simon Wearing, Kieran Sloan and Edward Gate gave them a 4-0 win at the Globe Arena, allowing them to progress to the next round.
It took a moment of class to break the deadlock in what had been a closely fought Lancashire derby. After a promising Morecambe attack had been halted by a foul on the edge of the area, Shrimps midfielder Houghton stepped up to smash a rising drive into the roof of the net, leaving Stanley ‘keeper Andrew Dawber no chance.
In all fairness it was going to be something special to beat Dawber who up to then was having an inspired game in the Stanley goal. He produced a series of fine stops to keep Morecambe at bay, the pick of the bunch coming when he denied Robbie Walker with a finger tip save from point blank range.
But once the deadlock had been broken it didn’t take long for a second goal to arrive in the 67th minute. A well worked corner caught the Stanley defence off guard and after Walker managed to jink his way to the by-line he showed good composure to lay the ball back to Wearing who powered the ball into the roof of the net from six yards.
Two became three just four minutes later when a defensive mix up let the Shrimps in again. A long kick from the goalkeeper wasn’t dealt with by the defence, allowing Sloan to capitalise and tap the ball into an unguarded net.
The scoring was completed with nine minutes left when the home side added gloss to the score line with a fourth goal. A dangerous free kick from the left touchline was met by substitute Gate who leapt well and headed powerfully off the underside of the crossbar and into the net.
The 4-0 score line may have flattered the home side a little as Stanley competed valiantly and responded well to the disappointing 3-0 reverse against Bury at the weekend.
In fact it was Stanley who had come closest to opening the scoring before the deadlock was finally broken. The impressive Connor Mahoney, James Doig and James Jenkins all had goal bound shots blocked in a penalty box melee which could easily have resulted in a goal. Greaves headed the resulting corner into the side netting.
Mahoney in particular threatened throughout showing dazzling footwork on several occasions and he was inches away from setting Jenkins away in the second half for what would have been a picture book goal.
But Stanley’s efforts were to no avail and the referee’s full-time whistle signalled the end of another disappointing result for Stanley youth. The games come thick and fast for them with Friday presenting an immediate chance to bounce back against Oldham Athletic.
Quote from Andy Rohman Accrington goalkeeper coach - " The goal line save was class last night and held it point blank." ( Regarding Luke Pybis the Morecambe keeper.) "The game ran away from us after that."
Stanley team: Dawber; Clark, Goulding, Greaves, Proctor; Jefferies, Willison (c), Mahoney, Doig; Jenkins, Barker.
By Will Rivers, Academy Reporter taken from the Accrington website http://www.accringtonstanley.co.uk/index.php/newsy/5014
|Posted by Goalkeepers on October 18, 2012 at 10:50 AM||comments (0)|
Monday 8th Oct 2012
Morecambe Youth 0 Stanley Youth 0
Accrington Stanley’s youth team secured a priceless point away at Morecambe after drawing 0-0 at the Globe Arena.
The result was the perfect response by Stuart Delaney’s men to their 6-1 defeat to Rochdale last time out as the defence stood strong against the attacking threat that the Shrimps possessed.
Stanley striker George Bresnahan had the best chance for the visitors in the first half when his headed attempt flew just over the bar whilst centre half Liam Goulding lashed a chance from close range in the final moments.
The point for the Reds sees them remain 14th in the table.
The home side, who have come into the game on the back of a 6-4 defeat remain winless this season, but started the brighter of the two sides as they bombarded the Reds 18 yard box with numerous free kicks and corners but Accrington’s back four defended well.
A quarter of an hour into the game, a corner from the right by Stanley under 16 Connor Mahoney picked out forward Bresnahan whose powerful header went inches over the bar.
Returning Captain Jack Willison lead his team well, as they continued to push for the opening goal with Willison almost turning provider with minutes to go of the half, when his free kick on the right found Jason Jefferies but his header failed to trouble Luke Pybis, ( pictured above,) in the Morecambe goal.
After the break, the Shrimpers had a glorious chance through Kieran Sloan who had a free header just outside the six yard box however a fantastic block on the line from Goulding kept the scores level.
Stanley were restricted to long range efforts with Mahoney and Jefferies all shooting close of the upright.
The affair came alive in the last 15 minutes, as the home side had the ball in the net after a corner was not fully cleared and bundled in, however the linesman deemed the goalscorer to be offside to the relief of Accrington Stanley.
In the dying moments, both sides squandered opportunities to steal all three points. A free kick was not dealt with by Morecambe and the ball fell to Goulding, who was unable to steer his attempt on goal from close range on target.
The Shrimps had the last chance of the game when Lewis Finney's goal bound header was once again blocked on the line, this time by Luke Greaves.
Accrington Stanley XI: Wolland, Booth (Reynolds), Proctor, Jefferies, Greaves, Goulding, Mahoney, Willison (Hudson), Bresnahan (Doherty), Barker, Doig
Unused subs: Chadwick, Steenson
Report by Martin Youngtaken from the Accrington Stanley website at http://www.accringtonstanley.co.uk/index.php/newsy/4985 with thanks
|Posted by Goalkeepers on October 18, 2012 at 3:55 AM||comments (0)|
After a first half that showed so much promise, the Bucks reserves slumped to a dismal 4-1 defeat to a youthful and energetic Ashton Athletic side, dropping them one place to fifth in the league.
To use the old cliche, this was, "a game of 2 half's," one in which Bootle dominated and would have been no surprise to all those watching if they would have gone in at least 3 goals to the good at half time, some cracker goalkeeping and poor missed opportunities in front of goal, meant that the score was 1-1 at half time.
Ashton took the lead early on through a headed goal from a corner, due to some slack marking at the near post allowing a free header at goal that rocketed into the net like a bullet, indeed Bootle where very poor inviting numerous unchallenged headers at goal in the first half, still Bootle rallied quickly to equalized. They played some fantastic passing football and should have capitalized on the many chances that they created in the first half, still with the score 1-1 there was plenty to play for in the second half.
The second half seen Ashton come out of the blocks the quickest, in-fact at times it was like the tortoise (Bootle) and the hare (Ashton), in this case the hare did not stop for a snooze but battled on to take firstly and 2-1 lead and then a 3-1 lead,with some slick passing and movement that Bootle had no answer to, that left them chasing shadows at times.
Bootle tried to bolster up the team by bringing on 3 substitutes in a short space of time, only to have lady luck abandon them completely as they lost a player to injury reducing them to 10 men this was further compounded when a Bucks player was shown a second yellow card and ultimately a red card for dissent, further reducing them to 9 men, and shortly later followed the 4th goal for Ashton, in one of the waves of attacks that were streaming down on the Bootle defence that at the time they had no answer to.
Strangely enough this all seemed to galvanise the Bootle team and they played some of their best football of the second half in which with some better finishing and a little more luck could have made the score a little more respectable.
From a presonal point of view its not good to concede 4 goals, but in saying that i felt my performance was very good overall with a quote from a fellow player on twitter saying " I thought he was outstanding today...kept us in the game a few times. He's top quality." and this was confirmed at the end of the game from the team manager who also supported the fact i played well.
Supporters always find the realities of watching a football match fascinating, how the game can turn on a decision, how can it affect the players so much, how the heads of players fall when those decisions are given against them, how a different team can come out in the second half, when its the same players from the first, how a team plays like Brazil one week and like a bunch of strangers they next, it all makes the game go around,and makes the game the exciting thing that we live for every week - penny for your thoughts folks.
Discipline plays a large part of the game, and perhaps more in this day and age where referees will book you more for what you say than what you do, some of the decisions from the referee left a lot of supporters totally perplexed, so much so the home supporters were laughing at some of the decisions, that were going in their favour, some of the Ashton challengers that were not given as fouls, leading to a lot of frustration with the Bootle team, but this is no excuse to fly of the handle, at 10 men we needed all hands to the pumps, some of the ill discipline out on the field led to the players not only letting themselves down but ultimately the team.
The next game against AFC Fylde, at home, will determine the men from the boys, the Fylde team on on a roller coaster at the moment, with the influx of money from their, not one, but 2 "millioners," means they have spent a lot of money over the summer buying some big stars and in non league terms they are on big wages, this has relegated a lot of the old first teamers on to the bench, and leading to them playing in the reserve team, giving them a very strong reserve squad.
At the moment, they are unbeaten with 10 points from 4 games and scoring 20 goals in that time whilst only conceding 3, they will present a stern challenge to a Bootle side.
Perhaps Bootle can draw some inspiration from the fact that the 20 goals Fylde have scored only 5 of them have been away from home with the other 15 scored at home.
The lads need all the support that so come on folks try to get to the Delta stadium this thursday and roar the lads on.
results and tables at http://full-time.thefa.com/Index.do?divisionseason=525052396&league=1848526
|Posted by Goalkeepers on October 12, 2012 at 3:25 PM||comments (0)|
So what has been happening this week, well very little training as we have all been doing our level 1 F.A. coaching badges, and I am happy to say that I passed with flying colors.
We did them over 3 days this week, so did a small amount of training on the Monday and finished off the coaching assessment to day, feels good to have it under my belt, makes me want to go for level 2 as soon as possible, unfortunately, I will have to pay for the level 2 as this was part of the course I am doing at Lancaster and Morecambe College, sports therapy course.
So what is happening this week end on the game front, well the good news is that I do not have far to go this weekend with games in Wigan and Formby.
If you did not know already, with the internationals going on tonight and next week, it is non league football weekend, I am doing my bit, although not watching a game, I am actually playing for Bootle Reserves from the Northwest Counties League premier division, against follow title challengers, and fellow Northwest Counties League team Ashton Athletic who although beaten against Curzon Ashton last Friday are still only one point behind Bootle.
At the moment Bootle are in forth place, one of 3 teams ( Curzon Ashton and Coln) all on 11 points in the Galaxy Lancashire League, so a nice win at Ashton would help open up a little safety net of four points ahead of them, and keep us in touch with the second spot, still 11 points behind runaway unbeaten leaders at the moment Lancaster city, who did drop their first point of the season against Coln in a 2-2 draw.
One of the danger teams is still AFC Fylde and although only on 10 points have only played 4 games, whilst Lancaster have played 8.
Fylde's credentials where never in doubt and an 8-1 win against Witton Albion last week seems to only emphasise there ambition to go on a stake a claim for the title.
So to Sunday and a cup game against Formby, known as the Squirels, in the Northwest Youth Alliance open youth cup, don't you just love cup games, Morecambe play in the premier division of this league and Formby are in division one, but are pushing hard in that division for promotion with 12 points from 5 games, only 3 points behind joint leaders AFC Fylde and Atherton Town Fc, so could prove to be a banana skin if the lads are not up for the game right from the start.
Will let you know what the scores are as soon as I can in catch up in the next blog, have a great football weekend, and with no premiership games this week, try out you local non league football match, you just maybe surprised by the quality and the excitement of non league football. Enjoy