Match ends, Notts County 0, Morecambe 0.
Notts County slipped back to bottom of the Football League as they were held to a dour 0-0 draw by Morecambe.
Neal Ardley's side cut the gap to safety to three points and Enzio Boldewijn was the closest on either side to breaking the deadlock.
But the Magpies could not snatch the points and are staring down the barrel of a first-ever relegation to non-league in their 131-year history.
In a game of precious little quality, neither side threatened much in the first half with Matt Tootle and Boldewijn firing in excellent crosses from which the Magpies could not capitalise.
Morecambe fared little better, with defender Steven Old heading over the bar at the back post from a Richie Bennett cross.
The entertainment levels did not rise in the second half, although County did create the best chance of the game when David Vaughan released Boldewijn who drew a fine save from Mark Halstead.
Mitch Rose struck a powerful drive from the rebound, but again Halstead kept it out with Kane Hemmings lurking for the rebound which never came.
Aaron Collins did force Schofield into an excellent save, but in truth neither side deserved to win a highly forgettable contest.
Match report supplied by the Press Association.
- 26RoseBooked at 50mins
- 43DoyleBooked at 90mins
- 8VaughanSubstituted forPatchingat 84'minutes
- 7AlessandraSubstituted forMackail-Smithat 71'minutes
- 21HalsteadBooked at 90mins
- 27CranstonBooked at 67minsSubstituted forFlemingat 70'minutesBooked at 86mins
- 26MingoiaBooked at 33mins
- 7BennettBooked at 14minsSubstituted forMandevilleat 83'minutes
- 19Mendes Gomes
- Kevin Johnson
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Notts County 0, Morecambe 0.
Mark Halstead (Morecambe) is shown the yellow card.
Michael Doyle (Notts County) is shown the yellow card.
Andrew Fleming (Morecambe) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Michael Doyle (Notts County).
Hand ball by Kane Hemmings (Notts County).
Zak Mills (Morecambe) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Craig Mackail-Smith (Notts County).
Attempt missed. Matt Tootle (Notts County) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left following a set piece situation.
Corner, Notts County. Conceded by Ritchie Sutton.
Andrew Fleming (Morecambe) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Foul by Andrew Fleming (Morecambe).
Will Patching (Notts County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Substitution, Notts County. Will Patching replaces David Vaughan.
Substitution, Morecambe. Liam Mandeville replaces Richard Bennett.
Corner, Notts County. Conceded by Steven Old.
Corner, Morecambe. Conceded by Ryan Schofield.
Attempt saved. Aaron Collins (Morecambe) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.
Attempt blocked. Piero Mingoia (Morecambe) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.