Shrimps hear the Pompey chimes

Paul Mullin
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Morecambe’s hopes of a second successive win were dashed with a heavy defeat at Portsmouth.

A goal from top scorer Craig Westcarr have the home side the perfect platform and two second half goals from Jed Wallace ensure a comfortable looking win for the home side.

The Shrimps got off to the worst possible start when they fell a goal behind after just 10 minutes.

Danny Hollands launched a long throw into the Morecambe box which Pompey striker Westcarr reacted sharper than the Morecambe defence to produce a fine left foot volley to beat Scott Davies from 10 yards out.

Morecambe hit back with Kevin Ellison seeing a run on goal ended by as foul from Jack Whatmough which earned him a booking. Ellison continued to look dangerous and forced home keeper Paul Jones into two decent blocks from efforts either side of the box.

The Shrimps’ best chance fell to Paul Mullin just before the break when he beat a home defender to a bouncing ball in the Pompey box but headed wide of the target from just three yards when he should have done much better.

Mullin was played through on goal by Ryan Edwards seconds after the restart but his poor first touch saw the chance go begging.

Mullin was made to pay when Ports mouth added a second on 54 minutes with a quality goal. Westcarr’s neat flick played in Miles Story and his left wing cross was headed home superbly by Jed Wallace from 12 yards out.

As Morecambe pushed forward gaps opened up in their defence and Ryan Taylor should have added a third when played free on goal but his shot was superbly blocked by Davies.

The on loan keeper was beaten again two minutes from time when Wallace got in behind Laurence Wilson and drilled a low shot past Davies from 10 yards out.

Portsmouth: Jones, Fish, Whatmough, Robinson, Butler, Wallace, Hollands, Bean (rep Attanganga 90), Story, Taylor, Westcarr. Subs not used: Poke, Chorley, Holmes, Shorey, Close, Wynter.

Morecambe: Davies, Beeley, Hughes, Parrish (rep McCready 76), Edwards, Wilson, Fleming, Goodall (rep Redshaw 61), Kenyon, Ellison, Mullin (rep Devitt 76). Subs not used: Lumley, Watson, Wright, Williams.

Ref: G Ward.

Att: 14,349.

Southport took another step away from the relegation zone in the Conference Premier when they beat Nuneaton Town 3-2 away from home.

John Marsden opened the scoring for the Sandgrounders and Richard Brodie doubled the score. The home side hit back in through Onome Sodje andRyan Smith levelled the scores. But Amadou Bakayoko headed in another cross from Rutherford to give Port victory.