Shrimps denied by late Hume leveller

Iain Hume

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Fleetwood striker Iain Hume dashed Morecambe’s hopes of a vital victory with his first goal for Fleetwood earning Graham Alexander’s side a share of the spoils.

The on loan Hume was in the right place at the right time to bundle home the loose ball after Jon Parkin’s shot had been superbly saved by Morecambe keeper Barry Roche.

It was a cruel blow for Jim Bentley’s side who looked set for only their third win in 19 games to take them five points clear of the relegation zone with four games to go.

Bentley will however take confidence from a much improved performance by his charges who had lost their last three games, all by 1-0.

The Shrimps had to come from behind once again when they went a goal down after just 10 minutes.

Andy Wright gave away a sloppy free kick when he brought down Josh Morris 25 yards out and Antoni Sarcevic drilled a low shot under the jumping Morecambe wall and into the bottom right hand corner of Barry Roche’s goal.

The Shrimps were soon level with a goal on 21 minutes.

Jamie Devitt whipped in a left-wing corner which was missed by home keeper Chris Maxwell and skipper Mark Hughes was left free at the far post to head into the empty goal.

The game then from swung end to end with Kevin Ellison going close with a superb. dipping volley which landed on the roof of the net before Hume was denied a Fleetwood second when he saw a shot cleared off the line by Ryan Edwards on 38 minutes.

Morecambe started the second half on the front foot with Devitt dragging a shot wide from distance just two minutes after the break.

Despite plenty of effort there were few clear cut chances before Morecambe took the lead with a spot of fortune when Nathan Pond flicked Devitt’s fierce inswinging cross past his own goalkeeper from 12 yards out.

Fleetwood went in search of an equaliser and pushed bodies forward with Josh Morris dragging a shot wide before Fleetwood had a spot of good fortune themselves as the ball fell perfectly for Hume from Roche’s save.

Both sides pushed for victory and it was Morecambe who went closest in injury time when Jack Redshaw played in Robbie Threlfall but his shot was acrobatically cleared off the line by the diving Charlie Taylor.

Fleetwood: Maxwell, McLaughlin, Roberts (rep Parkin 75), Pond, Taylor, Goodall (rep Evans 60), Blair, Morris, Sarcevic, Ball, Hume. Subs not used: Davies, Schumacher, Cresswell, Jordan, Barton.Booked: Sarcevic

Morecambe: Roche, Beeley, Hughes, Parrish, Edwards, Mustoe, Kenyon, Wright, Devitt (rep Redshaw 81), Ellison, Amond (rep Threlfall 81). Subs not used: Arestidou, Sampson, McGee, McGowan. Booked: Devitt, Edwards

Referee: T Harrington

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