Honours even for Shrimps

Early lead: Morecambe celebrate Redshaw's strike
Early lead: Morecambe celebrate Redshaw's strike
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Morecambe maintained their run of form with a point against in form Bristol Rovers in an entertaining Globe Arena clash.

A goal from Jack Redshaw in the second minute of the game gave the Shrimps the perfect start.

But after a dominant first half, Jim Bentley’s side were undone by an Elliot Richards header two minutes into the second half.

From there both sides had chances to win the game but in the end the league’s current in-form sides had to settle for a point each.

Redshaw was almost unstoppable in the first half and he gave his side the lead after just 80 seconds.

Under pressure from the Morecambe midfield, the Pirates defence lost possession and after Lewis Alessandra nipped in ahead of Tom Parkes, he found Redshaw, who shot low and hard from 25 yards into the bottom right-hand corner for score his 11th goal of the season.

He almost had a second on 13 minutes when Kevin Ellison played him in down the right wing and after creating an opening after a dazzling run, his final shot beat Mildenhall but was superbly cleared off the line by Tom Parkes.

Redshaw then threatened again when he had another sniff of goal outside the box and fired a stinging shot that was heading for the bottom 
right-hand corner until Mildenhall pulled off a super save.

The visitors played some neat football in the first half without really threatening.

But they started the second half superbly and scored a shock equaliser as the Shrimps were caught cold at the 
back and forward Richards found himself free in the box to head Lee Brown’s cross past Barry Roche into the far-right corner.

Ryan Williams went close for Morecambe with a ferocious 40-yard dipping drive that forced a smart parry by Mildenhall before the visitors had two chances of their own to take the lead.

Striker Tom Hitchcock was quick to pounce on Nick Fenton’s slip and found himself through on goal, but as he was about to pull the trigger Fenton produced a much-needed recovering tackle.

Then it was Morecambe’s turn to threaten when Robbie Threlfall crossed from the left and Lewis Alessandra’s header beat Mildenhall but hit the foot of the left-hand post.

The Pirates perhaps should have taken all three points on 75 minutes when Richards was through on goal one on one but his effort was superbly saved by Roche.

In the final move of an excellent game, the Shrimps were denied a penalty when Chris Holroyd was bundled over in the box and as Morecambe appealed for the spot-kick, the referee blew the whistle to end a fine game.

Morecambe: Roche; Parrish (Threlfall 29), McCready, Fenton, Haining; Drummond, McDonald, Williams (Fleming 85); Alessandra (Holroyd 80), Redshaw, Ellison.

Subs (not used): Arestidou, Short, Mwasile, Burrow

Bristol Rovers: Mildenhall; Smith, Parkes, McCrystal, Brown; Woodards (Norburn 76), Clucas (Harrison 86), O’Toole, Anyinsah; Richards, Hitchcock (Patterson 90).

Subs (not used): Gough, McDonald, Goddard, Lockyear

Referee: C Berry

Attendance: 1,736