Morecambe suffer defeat to Cambridge

Ryan Williams

Ryan Williams

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Morecambe suffered a second successive home defeat with a shocking performance against struggling Cambridge.

Jim Bentley’s side produced possibly their worst display of the season as the U’s won for the first time in 11 games.

It was a victory that was sealed all too easily once Ryan Donaldson had headed the visitors into the lead in first half injury time. A second goal from former Blackburn striker Jordan Slew just before the hour secured the points as the Shrimps went down with a whimper.

Morecambe actually started the game the better and created two chances in the opening stages.

On two minutes Ryan Edwards’s long through ball found Jack Redshaw but he could only skew his effort wide of the left hand post. In the next attack Redshaw teed up Ryan Williams but he blazed over from 25 yards.

The game then became a scrappy affair with both sides struggling to find any fluency. Cambridge looked the sharper with Slew firing a long-range volley over the bar on 21 minute and Matt Harrold then forcing Andreas Arestidou into a comfortable save.

Redshaw briefly brought the game to life with a shot from the edge of the area that was bravely blocked by Josh Coulson before the visitors took a shock lead.

Richard Tait swung over a cross from the right which was allowed to travel across the Morecambe six yard box before Ryan Donaldson dived in at the far post to head home from just two yards out.

Morecambe began the second half brightly and almost added a swift equaliser. Laurence Wilson created space down the left and produced a low cross for Ryan Williams but his clever flick was superbly tipped onto the bar by Chris Dunn.

The Shrimps’ comeback was shortlived as Cambridge doubled their advantage through Slew close to the hour mark.

A long ball fell into the path of the former Blackburn Rovers striker and he calmly slid the ball under Arestidou to give his side a 2-0 lead on the hour.

Paul Mullin and Andy Fleming replaced Alan Goodall and Ryan Williams as the Shrimps looked to claw back the deficit but Fleming wasted a golden chance to pull one back late in the game when he missed the ball completely after Kevin Ellison had teed him up perfectly.

Mullin saw an effort cleared off the line and at the other end Arestidou had to be at his best to claw away a shot from substitute Dominic Ball as Cambridge cantered to victory.

Morecambe: Arestidou; Hughes (rep Devitt 80), Edwards, Parrish; Beeley, Goodall (rep Fleming 60), Kenyon, Williams (rep Mullin 60), Wilson; Redshaw, Ellison. Subs not used: Stewart, Wright, McGowan, Amond.

Cambridge: Dunn, Tait, Taylor, Coulson, Miller, Donaldson (rep Dunk 73), Champion, Slew, Hughes (rep Ball 75), Harrold (rep Simpson 63), Mendez-Laing. Subs not used: Norris, Nelson, Morrissey, Kaikai.

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