Morecambe 2 Northampton Town 4
Morecambe’s winning run came to an abrupt halt as their woeful record against Northampton continued.
Lawson D’Ath, Sam Hoskins and Joel Byrom put the Cobblers well in command at the Globe Arena, before Tom Barkhuizen pulled a goal back.
Any hopes of a comeback were shortlived, however, as Dominic Calvert-Lewin added a fourth, with Shaun Brisley’s late own goal not enough to stop the Shrimps’ run of victories ending at four.
The convincing triumph for the visitors also means Jim Bentley’s men have just one win in 13 games against the Cobblers in League Two.
Morecambe had started brightly with Aaron Wildig’s shot and Kevin Ellison’s volley both testing Adam Smith as the hosts played some flowing football.
But the tide soon turned as the visitors built pressure.
Morecambe failed to deal with a series of corners as Calvert-Lewin, D’Ath and the impressive Nicky Adams all came close before the opening goal on the half-hour.
Adams got the better of Wildig down the left and fired in a cross that D’Ath volleyed home from close range.
The hosts were rocking and went further behind three minutes later.
Former Preston man David Buchanan, the Cobblers captain, broke at pace with Laurence Wilson only finding fresh air as he tried to clear a cross giving Hoskins the time and space to finish beyond Roche from 12 yards.
Ellison and Jamie Devitt both saw chances come and go before the break with the Shrimps given a mountain to climb two minutes after the interval.
Former PNE midfielder Byrom whipped in a free-kick from the right, with the left-footed centre evading everyone and sneaking into the far corner.
Nothampton then threatened to run riot, Roche producing a fine double save to deny Adams and Calvert-Lewin before blocking Hoskins’ effort.
The Shrimps crucially got the game’s next goal against the run of play on 66 minutes, Barkhuizen rising unmarked to head home Devitt’s corner from 10 yards.
The joy was shortlived however, with Northampton restoring their three-goal advantage two minutes later as Calvert-Lewin flicked home Alfie Potter’s cross at the near post.
Again the Morecambe goal was under siege as things threatened to turn ugly for the hosts but Roche saved well from Potter and Brisley saw an effort from inside the six-yard area deflected over the bar.
The big defender’s decisive intervention was to come at the other end as he inadvertently deflected Ellison’s cross beyond Smith five minutes from time to reduce the arrears to two.
But it proved too little, too late.