Franks steals the points from Globe

Consolation goal: Jack Sampson hit the net for the Shrimps but could not earn a point
Consolation goal: Jack Sampson hit the net for the Shrimps but could not earn a point
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Morecambe 1 Hartlepool 2

An injury-time goal from Jonathan Franks saw Morecambe end 2013 with defeat at the Globe Arena.

The Shrimps had fought back from a goal down to level the scores just three minutes from time.

But a lack of discipline and some shocking late defending proved costly as they allowed the visitors to snatch a dramatic three points.

Franks was Hartlepool’s hero in the 93rd minute when he was left unmarked on the edge of the Morecambe area to fire a sweet volley past Barry Roche after the home defence had failed to deal with a long throw from Darren Holden.

It was a goal that was all the more galling as the Shrimps had brought themselves back into the game just three minutes from time with a goal from substitute Jack Sampson.

The striker collected the ball on the edge of the Hartlepool area and turned smartly to fire a volley past keeper Scott Flinders.

Both sides then had chances to score a second in a mad 60 seconds.

The Shrimps should have taken note of a warning from Franks who broke free and hit the crossbar from 12 yards, before the Shrimps went close themselves when Flinders produced a superb double save to deny Sampson and he follow-up from Kevin Ellison.

There was a good early pace to what was an entertaining first half with Morecambe having the first real chance on goal.

Andy Fleming sent a hopeful ball into the box which sailed high over everyone, only to bounce down on the bar and then out of play.

It was Hartlepool who struck first however when they opened the scoring on 17 minutes, when central defender Jack Baldwin met an inch-perfect corner from Matty Dolan to send a powerful header past Roche.

Baldwin went close again with a similar corner, Franks only denied a goal with another good save from Roche.

Morecambe had a couple of late chances in the first half when Jack Redshaw twisted and turned past Christian Burgess to shoot from close range but Flinders blocked it out.

The hosts then missed a golden chance in injury time when Chris McCready headed wide from close range.

Morecambe were forced to defend for long periods against an excellent, young Hartlepool side but they had chances of their own when Ellison was superbly denied by Flinders.