Shrimps end with shut-out

Morecambe manager Jim Bentley
Morecambe manager Jim Bentley
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Morecambe 0 Bury 0

The Shrimps ended the season with a solid point against David Flitcroft’s Bury.

In a game of few chances, Jim Bentley’s Morecambe looked the more lively only to be denied on several occasions by former Burnley goalkeeper Brian Jensen

The man they call “The Beast’’ pulled out all the stops to keep a 16th clean sheet of the season in his final game for Bury.

At the other end, Morecambe keeper Barry Roche celebrated signing a new two-year deal with a second successive shut-out.

Morecambe started well with the recalled Ryan Williams seeing a long-range shot deflected wide by Jim McNulty.

The 38-year-old Jensen then stood up well to block a stinging Kevin Ellison strike at his near post before back-pedalling to tip over a dipping Andrew Fleming shot before the break.

Bury had to wait until the final minute of the opening half for their first real chance as Tom Soares’ header looped towards the far post and Hallam Hope’s final touch was cleared off the line.

Morecambe continued to be denied by Jensen in the second half as he pulled off a stunning one-handed save to keep out a snap shot from Fleming on 55 minutes.

Bury finally began to produce some threatening moments after the hour when Craig Jones switched from right-back to the wing and caused Robbie Threlfall a number of problems.

It was from a direct Jones run that Bury fashioned their best chance when the wide man cross for Danny Mayor but the former PNE man blasted over from 12 yards.

Andrew Tutte and Regan Walker then saw shots charged down by some committed defending by Bury old boys Mark Hughes and Andy Parrish before the final whistle brought Morecambe’s seventh season in the Football League to a close.

Morecambe: Roche, Beeley, Parrish, Hughes, Threlfall, Kenyon (Sampson 79), Fleming, Williams (Edwards 79), Amond (McGowan 65), Redshaw, Ellison. Subs (not used): Arestidou, Bell, Doyle, Dunleavy.

Booked: Redshaw

Bury: Jensen, Jones, Cameron, Mills, McNulty, Burgess (Poscha 54), Tutte, Sedgwick, Mayor, Soares, Hope (Walker 78). Subs (not used): Charles-Cook, Procter, Grimes, Dudley.

Ref: Brendan Malone

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