Heaven and Ell as Kev earns a point

Kevin Ellison
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Kevin Ellison rescued Morecambe as they once again came back from a goal down to seal a point against Gareth Ainsworth’s struggling Wycombe.

Ellison scored his seventh goal of the season 12 minutes from time with a perfectly placed header from Andy Fleming’s cross to rob Ainsworth of what would have been only a second win in 12 games.

The Shrimps had to come from behind however after winger Paris Cowan-Hall, who scored against the Shrimps on the opening day of the season, had given the Chairboys a first-half lead with a firm header from a 41st-minute corner.

Cowan-Hall was the game’s stand-out player in the first half.

His first effort of note came on eight minutes when the ball fell to him in the Morecambe penalty area and he let fly with a half-volley that flew narrowly over the crossbar.

As both sides tried to get used to the difficult playing conditions at the Globe Arena, Cowan Hall had the next effort on goal on 22 minutes.

He cut in from the right before unleashing a curling effort with his left foot, which captain Mark Hughes deflected behind for a corner.

Moments later Cowan-Hall was in the thick of the action again when he created space on the left and drove a shot wide of the left-hand post.

Morecambe had a brief spell on top, with substitute Tony Diagne floating a free-kick over and Alex Kenyon heading a Jack Sampson long throw wide before the visitors took the lead.

Cowan-Hall broke free of his marker at a corner to head Nick Arnold’s dead-ball past Barry Roche at his near post.

The second half saw both sides continue to create clear chances. Wycombe looked the more threatening with captain Stuart Lewis hitting a low, driven effort which had Roche scrambling across his goalline.

Roche then had to react sharply on the visitors’ next attack when Steven Craig fired a swerving effort on goal, which forced a decent save.

After being on the back foot for long periods, the Shrimps raised their tempo after the introduction of young substitute Joe Mwasile, who began to cause Wycombe problems with his direct running.

Diagne was presented with an excellent chance but curled his effort over the bar from 12 yards.

But the pressure paid off moments later with a fine goal when Fleming produced an excellent cross and Ellison rose well to direct a thumping header past Ingram.

The Morecambe goal saw Wycombe come close to taking the three points when they saw two efforts cleared off the line by Mark Hughes.

The Morecambe skipper reacted superbly to block a looping header from Matt Bloomfield before clearing Joe Kuffour’s goal-bound shot in the 93rd minute to preserve the point.