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Morecambe 1-2 Hartlepool United

Jonathan Franks' stunning volley snatched victory for Hartlepool in a dramatic climax at Morecambe.

Jack Sampson had drawn the hosts level with three minutes to go but Franks fired past Barry Roche to secure a win.

Hartlepool went 1-0 up after 17 minutes with a header from Jack Baldwin, but they looked set to drop two points when Sampson volleyed in.

Sampson and Kevin Ellison went close to a Morecambe winner, while Franks hit the bar before his last-gasp strike.

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Morecambe manager Jim Bentley told BBC Radio Lancashire:

"I'm absolutely gutted. That's football for you.

"After Boxing Day you're so high, and then you come back down to earth with a bump.

"We played well in spells and created one or two chances, but it's about putting the ball in the back of the net. We were just missing something."

Line-ups

Morecambe

  • 1Roche
  • 22Parrish
  • 3ThrelfallSubstituted forDiagneat 79'minutes
  • 16Drummond
  • 5Hughes
  • 15McCreadyBooked at 55mins
  • 17Fleming
  • 4KenyonSubstituted forMwasileat 74'minutes
  • 11Ellison
  • 27AmondSubstituted forSampsonat 65'minutes
  • 7Redshaw

Substitutes

  • 6Diagne
  • 9Sampson
  • 19McGee
  • 20Mwasile
  • 21McGowan
  • 23Doyle
  • 25Arestidou

Hartlepool

  • 1Flinders
  • 2AustinBooked at 41mins
  • 21Duckworth
  • 38Walker
  • 35Burgess
  • 6Baldwin
  • 23RodneySubstituted forHoldenat 77'minutes
  • 4Dolan
  • 33James
  • 10Poole
  • 7Franks

Substitutes

  • 5Collins
  • 8Walton
  • 13Rafferty
  • 15Sweeney
  • 16Rowbotham
  • 22Holden
  • 28Hawkins
Referee:
Michael Naylor
Attendance:
2,081

Match Stats

Home TeamMorecambeAway TeamHartlepool
Possession
Home45%
Away55%
Shots
Home13
Away22
Shots on Target
Home6
Away8
Corners
Home4
Away11
Fouls
Home7
Away7

Live Text

Match ends, Morecambe 1, Hartlepool United 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Morecambe 1, Hartlepool United 2.

Goal!

Goal! Morecambe 1, Hartlepool United 2. Jonathan Franks (Hartlepool United) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner.

Corner, Hartlepool United. Conceded by Chris McCready.

Attempt saved. Kevin Ellison (Morecambe) right footed shot from very close range is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt saved. Jack Sampson (Morecambe) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Jonathan Franks (Hartlepool United) hits the bar with a right footed shot from the centre of the box.

Goal!

Goal! Morecambe 1, Hartlepool United 1. Jack Sampson (Morecambe) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Mark Hughes.

Jack Baldwin (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Kevin Ellison (Morecambe).

Matthew Dolan (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Andrew Fleming (Morecambe).

Corner, Hartlepool United. Conceded by Tony Diagne.

Substitution

Substitution, Morecambe. Tony Diagne replaces Robbie Threlfall.

Attempt blocked. Luke James (Hartlepool United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Jack Redshaw (Morecambe) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Hartlepool United. Darren Holden replaces Nialle Rodney.

Foul by Luke James (Hartlepool United).

Andy Parrish (Morecambe) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Morecambe. Joe Mwasile replaces Alex Kenyon.

Corner, Hartlepool United. Conceded by Andy Parrish.

Corner, Morecambe. Conceded by Christian Burgess.

Attempt saved. Kevin Ellison (Morecambe) left footed shot from very close range is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt saved. Luke James (Hartlepool United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

James Poole (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Alex Kenyon (Morecambe).

Substitution

Substitution, Morecambe. Jack Sampson replaces Padraig Amond.

Attempt missed. Nialle Rodney (Hartlepool United) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

Attempt missed. Jonathan Franks (Hartlepool United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Corner, Hartlepool United. Conceded by Andy Parrish.

Attempt missed. James Poole (Hartlepool United) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

Corner, Hartlepool United. Conceded by Chris McCready.

Attempt saved. Michael Duckworth (Hartlepool United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.

Corner, Hartlepool United. Conceded by Chris McCready.

Attempt missed. Kevin Ellison (Morecambe) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

Attempt missed. Jonathan Franks (Hartlepool United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Attempt saved. James Poole (Hartlepool United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt blocked. Christian Burgess (Hartlepool United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Booking

Chris McCready (Morecambe) is shown the yellow card.

Luke James (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Chesterfield2311841441
2Scunthorpe231184941
3Burton231256541
4Rochdale231247740
5Oxford Utd2310851338
6Southend231157838
7Newport221075837
8Fleetwood221129635
9Morecambe241059-335
10Cheltenham24897-233
11Exeter23959-132
12Dag & Red23878231
13Hartlepool23878231
14Plymouth23869-530
15Wimbledon22778-228
16Wycombe22769027
17Portsmouth23689-826
18Accrington236710-625
19Mansfield236710-825
20Bury23599-324
21Bristol Rovers235810-523
22York234109-522
23Torquay235711-1322
24Northampton234712-1319
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