Morecambe extended their unbeaten run to six after a drab stalemate with struggling Northampton.

The Cobblers started brightly and Ivan Toney went close on a handful of occasions on his full debut.

The visitors grew into the game and ended the first half on top but both Alex Kenyon and Kevin Ellison failed to find the net.

Morecambe came closest to a goal in the second period but Mark Hughes saw his header cleared off the line.

The Shrimps are now ninth in League Two, while Northampton are 23rd, three points above bottom-club Accrington.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Morecambe manager Jim Bentley told BBC Radio Lancashire:

"I think it's a point gained and a fair result to keep our unbeaten run going.

"Last year, we came here and got dominated and lost the game.

"We've come into this one on the back of a good run, and although they started better than us, we weathered the storm and it became a bit more counter-attacking from both sides.

"Northampton is a tough place to come. They've got good quality and I'm pleased with a point and a clean sheet."

Match Stats

Shots

6 11

On target

0 4

Corners

3 5

Fouls

12 10

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +6:28 Full time

Full Time The final whistle goes and the game is over.

90:00 +4:18

Clearance made by Mathias Kouo-Doumbe.

90:00 +4:04

The ball is sent over by Joe Mwasile.

90:00 +3:00

Clearance made by Mark Hughes.

90:00 +1:16

Chris Hackett fires a strike on goal direct from the free kick over the bar.

90:00 +0:42

Alex Kenyon booked for unsporting behaviour.

90:00 +0:42 Booking

Booking

90:00 +0:37

Kevin Amankwaah fouled by Alex Kenyon, the ref awards a free kick.

90:00 +0:13

Clearance made by Mark Hughes.

90:00 +0:05

A cross is delivered by Ben Tozer.

88:48

Mark Hughes fouled by Roy O'Donovan, the ref awards a free kick.

85:51 Substitution

Substitution Jack Sampson leaves the field to be replaced by Joe Mwasile.

85:29

Ian Morris takes the chance to get an effort at goal and missed to the left of the target.

84:55

Stewart Drummond takes the free kick.

84:49

Unfair challenge on Ryan Williams by Ben Tozer results in a free kick.

83:33

Matt Duke takes the free kick.

82:38

Unfair challenge on Lee Collins by Jack Sampson results in a free kick.

81:10

Matt Duke restarts play with the free kick.

81:05

The referee gives a free kick against Kevin Ellison for handball.

80:59

Padraig Amond delivers the ball.

79:55 Substitution

Substitution Darren Carter leaves the field to be replaced by Danny Emerton.

79:31

Kevin Ellison concedes a free kick for a foul on Kevin Amankwaah.

78:19

The referee cautions Roy O'Donovan for unsporting behaviour.

78:19 Booking

Booking

78:18

Foul by Roy O'Donovan on Andrew Parrish, free kick awarded.

77:38

Jack Sampson concedes a free kick for a foul on Paul Reid.

77:13

Free kick taken by Andrew Wright.

77:05 Booking

Booking

77:05

The referee books Darren Carter for dissent.

76:53

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Andrew Wright by Darren Carter.

73:38 Substitution

Substitution Ben Tozer on for Ivan Toney.

73:15

Ryan Williams takes a shot and went wide of the left-hand upright.

72:08

The ball is crossed by Roy O'Donovan.

70:43

Corner taken by Ryan Williams.

69:21

The offside flag is raised against Roy O'Donovan.

68:54

Shot by Ryan Williams went wide right of the post.

68:47

Clearance made by Mathias Kouo-Doumbe.

68:11

Mathias Kouo-Doumbe manages to make a clearance.

67:03

Jack Sampson takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Blocked by Paul Reid.

62:27

Free kick taken by Matt Duke.

62:13

Jack Sampson is flagged offside by the assistant referee.

62:10

Andrew Parrish takes the free kick.

62:00

Unfair challenge on Ryan Williams by Ian Morris results in a free kick.

60:59

Corner taken by Ryan Williams from the right by-line.

60:24

Kevin Ellison heads at goal.

60:07

Clearance by Darren Carter.

59:52

Mark Hughes has an effort at goal.

59:35

Corner taken by Ryan Williams.

58:59

Jack Sampson takes the chance to get an effort at goal.

58:45

Centre by Padraig Amond.

58:25

Clearance by Stewart Drummond.

58:19

The ball is sent over by Chris Hackett.

56:50

Stewart Drummond restarts play with the free kick.

56:39

Unfair challenge on Tony Diagne by Chris Hackett results in a free kick.

52:07

Clearance by Ivan Toney.

51:45

Corner taken by Ryan Williams from the right by-line.

50:25

Free kick taken by Matt Duke.

50:19

Foul by Tony Diagne on Darren Carter, free kick awarded.

50:12

Clearance by Matt Duke.

47:44

Matt Duke restarts play with the free kick.

47:36

Ryan Williams is penalised for a handball.

47:01

Barry Roche makes a clearance.

45:01

The referee blows the whistle to start the second half.

45:00 +1:42

Shot by Kevin Ellison went over the net.

45:00 +1:07

Matt Duke takes the free kick.

45:00 +1:03

The offside flag is raised against Kevin Ellison.

45:00 +0:34

Roy O'Donovan takes a shot and went wide right of the target.

45:00 +0:20

Ivan Toney delivers the ball.

44:56

Mark Hughes makes a clearance.

44:51

Chris Hackett sends in a cross.

44:44 Half time

Half Time The referee blows for half time.

42:28

Chris Hackett crosses the ball.

40:34

Matt Duke takes the free kick.

40:22

Foul by Jack Sampson on Paul Reid, free kick awarded.

39:18

Barry Roche takes the free kick.

38:53

Roy O'Donovan challenges Mark Hughes unfairly and gives away a free kick.

37:51

Matt Duke takes the free kick.

37:44

Padraig Amond is flagged offside by the assistant referee.

35:56

Tony Diagne crosses the ball in from the free kick.

35:34

Foul by Kevin Amankwaah on Jack Sampson, free kick awarded.

33:56

Ian Morris gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Padraig Amond.

33:07

Clearance by Kevin Ellison.

32:26

Kevin Ellison takes a brilliant shot and went wide left of the target.

32:13

Free kick taken by Tony Diagne.

32:05

Ivan Toney challenges Mark Hughes unfairly and gives away a free kick.

31:48

Ryan Williams takes a brilliant shot. Mathias Kouo-Doumbe gets a block in.

31:08

Alex Kenyon takes a brilliant shot.

26:49

Header by Ivan Toney goes to the left of the goal.

26:41

The ball is delivered by Gary Deegan.

26:04

Kevin Amankwaah takes the free kick.

25:57

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Chris Hackett by Alex Kenyon.

24:32

Clearance by Mark Hughes.

24:27

Chris Hackett crosses the ball.

23:29

Mark Hughes restarts play with the free kick.

23:03

Booking for Gary Deegan.

23:03 Booking

Booking

22:34

Foul by Gary Deegan on Tony Diagne, free kick awarded.

21:45

Clearance made by Kevin Amankwaah.

21:24

Barry Roche restarts play with the free kick.

21:16

Ivan Toney challenges Mark Hughes unfairly and gives away a free kick.

20:10

Free kick taken by Matt Duke.

19:55

Stewart Drummond concedes a free kick for a foul on Ian Morris.

17:28

Mathias Kouo-Doumbe takes the free kick.

17:12

Andrew Wright handles the ball and concedes a free kick.

16:35

Barry Roche takes the free kick.

16:17

Corner taken by Chris Hackett.

15:45

Centre by Chris Hackett.

15:21

Free kick taken by Matt Duke.

15:04

Gary Deegan fouled by Alex Kenyon, the ref awards a free kick.

14:10

Ivan Toney has an effort at goal and missed to the right of the target.

13:54

Centre by Chris Hackett.

13:05

Corner taken by Ryan Williams from the left by-line.

11:20

Clearance by Kevin Ellison.

11:10

Corner taken by Darren Carter from the right by-line.

10:54

The ball is swung over by Chris Hackett.

10:34

Clearance made by Mark Hughes.

10:29

Chris Hackett produces a cross.

9:31

Free kick taken by Matt Duke.

9:23

The referee blows for offside.

9:13

Darren Carter restarts play with the free kick.

8:58

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ivan Toney by Stewart Drummond.

8:29

Padraig Amond has an effort at goal and missed to the right of the net.

3:54

Clearance made by Mark Hughes.

3:49

Chris Hackett delivers the ball.

2:51

Ivan Toney takes a shot and went wide of the left-hand post.

2:14

The ball is crossed by Chris Hackett.

2:02

Kevin Ellison makes a clearance.

1:50

Corner taken by Darren Carter.

1:22

Chris Hackett crosses the ball.

1:02

Kevin Amankwaah crosses the ball.

0:00

The match has kicked off.

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