Bentley boys in top gear

Double strike: Jack Redshaw netted twice after coming on as a substitute at York
Double strike: Jack Redshaw netted twice after coming on as a substitute at York
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York City 1 Morecambe 4

Morecambe’s fine start to the new year continued with their biggest away win of the season at York.

Jim Bentley’s side moved into the top half of the League Two table as they sealed their second successive away victory to take them further away from the danger zone.

The Shrimps started well and Kevin Ellison went close in the opening stages. Ryan Williams – making his first Morecambe start – played him in behind the York defence with a neat through ball but his effort was superbly blocked by Michael Ingham.

York looked sharp themselves in the early exchanges, with Matty Blair curling an effort wide from 12 yards and Alex Rodman forcing a superb defensive block from Will Haining.

The Shrimps’ pressure paid off on 22 minutes however when they took the lead.

Stewart Drummond swung in a deep cross from the right, Ellison headed back across goal and Lewis Alessandra nipped in sharply to drill a shot past Ingham.

York were handed a passage back into the game five minutes later with a controversial penalty.

A corner was swung in from the right and, after some wrestling in the box, the referee pointed to the penalty spot.

Former Shrimps’ striker Jason Walker blasted the resulting spot-kick straight past Barry Roche.

The sides continued to exchange chances, with Nick Fenton seeing a goalbound header blocked by a team mate and Blair heading a a Curtis Obeng cross over from 12 yards.

Morecambe enjoyed the greater share of the possession at the start of the second half with Will Haining forcing Ingham into another fine save with a fierce swirling before Ellison saw a goal ruled out for offside. But York showed their strength on the break and the Shrimps were indebted to keeper Roche for a brilliant save low to his left from a well-struck Patrick McLaughin drive from the edge of the area.

Ellison was then the hero when he cleared a Daniel Parslow shot off the line after Roche failed to claim a McLaughlin corner.

After surviving the pressure, Ellison gave the Shrimps the lead when he took advantage of a mistake from home keeper Ingham to slot the ball into the empty net on 74 minutes.

York then pushed forward for an equaliser and the Shrimps exploited the gaps they left, with substitute Jack Redshaw scoring two late goals to move into double figures for the season.

His first came on 87 minutes when Ingham saved well from Ellison only for the ball to fall perfectly for Redshaw to score from close range.

Ellison was the provider again in injury time with a defence-splitting ball for Redshaw to run on goal and calmly fire past Ingham.

York: Ingham; Obeng, O’Connell, Smith, Parslow; Blair, Kerr, Rodman (McReady 81), Potts (McDaid 67); Walker, McLaughlin (Fyfield 81). Subs (not used): Musselwhite, McGurk, Reed, Challinor

MORECAMBE: Roche; Parrish, Fenton, McCready, Haining; Drummond, McDonald, Williams, Alessandra (Redshaw 70), Holroyd (Burrow 90), Ellison. Subs (not used): Arestidou, Mwasile, McGowan, Doyle, Reid

Referee: R Clark

Attendance: 3,138