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Morecambe 2-1 Cheltenham Town

Two goals from the returning Garry Thompson gave Morecambe a dramatic opening day win over Cheltenham.

The 36-year-old, who rejoined the club in the summer after nine years away, made a telling debut with a 90th-minute winner to get the Shrimps off and running for the new season.

Jim Bentley's side had to come from behind after debutant Mohamed Eisa gave the Robins the lead two minutes from the break in controversial circumstances.

Kyle Storer swung a free-kick in from from the left and after Danny Wright headed across goal, the summer signing was on hand to poke the loose ball home from close range - with the Shrimps furious that a push by Wright had not been seen by referee Antony Coggins.

The visitors went close to scoring a second six minutes after the restart when Jordan Grimes saw a close-range volley hit the post after an Alex Kenyon clearance fell perfectly for him.

Three minutes later the Shrimps levelled through Thompson, who slid in at the far post to steer home an excellent low cross from Aaron Wildig after a swift Morecambe counter-attack.

Thompson then provided the telling moment of a tight game at the death when he volleyed home from Vadaine Oliver's header across goal to take the points.

Match report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Morecambe

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1RocheBooked at 43mins
  • 17Lund
  • 6WinnardBooked at 35mins
  • 4Kenyon
  • 3Brough
  • 24Rose
  • 15WildigBooked at 85minsSubstituted forCampbellat 86'minutes
  • 8Fleming
  • 7ThompsonSubstituted forLavelleat 90+3'minutes
  • 9Oliver
  • 11EllisonSubstituted forTurnerat 71'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2McGowan
  • 10Campbell
  • 12Nizic
  • 14Conlan
  • 16Lavelle
  • 18Turner
  • 19Deakin

Cheltenham

Formation 3-5-2

  • 1Flatt
  • 23Forster
  • 15BoyleBooked at 90mins
  • 2Grimes
  • 11Winchester
  • 4Storer
  • 6AtanganaBooked at 52minsSubstituted forHolmanat 90+3'minutes
  • 17Sellars
  • 3Cranston
  • 9Wright
  • 20Eisa

Substitutes

  • 10Holman
  • 14O'Shaughnessy
  • 16Page
  • 18Bower
  • 22Lovett
Referee:
Antony Coggins
Attendance:
1,450

Match Stats

Home TeamMorecambeAway TeamCheltenham
Possession
Home48%
Away52%
Shots
Home10
Away12
Shots on Target
Home6
Away5
Corners
Home4
Away7
Fouls
Home14
Away8

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Morecambe 2, Cheltenham Town 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Morecambe 2, Cheltenham Town 1.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Michael Rose (Morecambe).

  4. Post update

    Jordan Cranston (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  5. Post update

    Attempt saved. Dan Holman (Cheltenham Town) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  6. Substitution

    Substitution, Morecambe. Sam Lavelle replaces Garry Thompson.

  7. Substitution

    Substitution, Cheltenham Town. Dan Holman replaces Nigel Atangana.

  8. Goal!

    Goal! Morecambe 2, Cheltenham Town 1. Garry Thompson (Morecambe) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box to the top left corner. Assisted by Vadaine Oliver.

  9. Post update

    Vadaine Oliver (Morecambe) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  10. Post update

    Foul by William Boyle (Cheltenham Town).

  11. Post update

    Attempt missed. William Boyle (Cheltenham Town) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the right.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Adam Campbell (Morecambe).

  13. Post update

    William Boyle (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  14. Post update

    Attempt missed. Carl Winchester (Cheltenham Town) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

  15. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Carl Winchester (Cheltenham Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Morecambe. Adam Campbell replaces Aaron Wildig.

  17. Booking

    Aaron Wildig (Morecambe) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Aaron Wildig (Morecambe).

  19. Post update

    Jerell Sellars (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  20. Post update

    Attempt missed. Michael Rose (Morecambe) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Luton11008263
2Coventry11003033
3Accrington11003123
4Grimsby11003123
5Port Vale11003123
6Morecambe11002113
7Swindon11002113
8Exeter11001013
9Newport10103301
10Stevenage10103301
11Barnet10102201
12Crewe10102201
13Forest Green10102201
14Lincoln City10102201
15Mansfield10102201
16Wycombe10102201
17Carlisle100112-10
18Cheltenham100112-10
19Cambridge100101-10
20Chesterfield100113-20
21Colchester100113-20
22Crawley100113-20
23Notts County100103-30
24Yeovil100128-60
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