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Morecambe 0-2 Forest Green Rovers

Two late goals gave Forest Green a 2-0 victory over League Two strugglers Morecambe at the Globe Arena.

A tight first half saw few chances, with Morecambe going closest to opening the scoring when top-scorer Lewis Alessandra beat goalkeeper Joe Wollacott to a poor back pass but saw his effort cleared off the line by Liam Kitching.

A goal from substitute Jack Aitchison 15 minutes from time proved the turning point as Mark Cooper's side were finally rewarded for their attractive football.

The on-loan Celtic striker took advantage of a fine move that ended with Joseph Mills squaring the ball to him 12 yards out and his right-footed shot beat Barry Roche after taking a wicked deflection through a crowd of Morecambe bodies.

The Shrimps almost hit back immediately, with Steven Old having a glorious chance to level the scores five minutes from time when the ball fell to him six yards out, but he blazed his effort over the bar.

To add to Morecambe's misery Alessandra was sent off in the 90th minute for a soft second yellow card after a tackle on Aaron Collins and the visitors sealed victory when Liam Shephard drilled home a second goal from the right-hand side of the area after a swift counter-attack.

Match report supplied by PA Media.

Line-ups

Morecambe

  • 1Roche
  • 27Tanner
  • 16Lavelle
  • 5Old
  • 3Conlan
  • 7O'Sullivan
  • 14BrewittSubstituted forWildigat 69'minutes
  • 4KenyonSubstituted forMillerat 81'minutes
  • 11Ellison
  • 8AlessandraBooked at 90mins
  • 9Stockton

Substitutes

  • 12Sutton
  • 15Wildig
  • 17Howard
  • 19Mendes Gomes
  • 21Halstead
  • 24Miller

Forest Green

  • 13Wollacott
  • 3Bernard
  • 6Rawson
  • 20Kitching
  • 2ShephardBooked at 87mins
  • 7Winchester
  • 15MortonSubstituted forCollinsat 65'minutes
  • 23Mills
  • 14Adams
  • 9Stevens
  • 17FrearSubstituted forAitchisonat 65'minutes

Substitutes

  • 10Collins
  • 12Allen
  • 21McCoulsky
  • 24Thomas
  • 25Mondal
  • 28Taylor
  • 29Aitchison
Referee:
Matt Donohue
Attendance:
1,658

Match Stats

Home TeamMorecambeAway TeamForest Green
Possession
Home38%
Away62%
Shots
Home6
Away14
Shots on Target
Home1
Away2
Corners
Home0
Away9
Fouls
Home15
Away6

Live Text

Match ends, Morecambe 0, Forest Green Rovers 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Morecambe 0, Forest Green Rovers 2.

Goal!

Goal! Morecambe 0, Forest Green Rovers 2. Liam Shephard (Forest Green Rovers) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Matt Stevens following a fast break.

Dismissal

Second yellow card to Lewis Alessandra (Morecambe) for a bad foul.

Liam Shephard (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Lewis Alessandra (Morecambe).

Attempt blocked. Jack Aitchison (Forest Green Rovers) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Carl Winchester.

Jack Aitchison (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by George Tanner (Morecambe).

Attempt missed. Luke Conlan (Morecambe) left footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

Booking

Liam Shephard (Forest Green Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Liam Shephard (Forest Green Rovers).

Sam Lavelle (Morecambe) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Steven Old (Morecambe) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is too high.

Substitution

Substitution, Morecambe. Shaun Miller replaces Alex Kenyon.

Ebou Adams (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Aaron Wildig (Morecambe).

Goal!

Goal! Morecambe 0, Forest Green Rovers 1. Jack Aitchison (Forest Green Rovers) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Joseph Mills.

Ebou Adams (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Lewis Alessandra (Morecambe).

Attempt missed. Liam Shephard (Forest Green Rovers) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the right.

Attempt blocked. Aaron Collins (Forest Green Rovers) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Liam Shephard.

Substitution

Substitution, Morecambe. Aaron Wildig replaces Tom Brewitt.

Booking

Lewis Alessandra (Morecambe) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Carl Winchester (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Lewis Alessandra (Morecambe).

Attempt blocked. Liam Shephard (Forest Green Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Carl Winchester.

Substitution

Substitution, Forest Green Rovers. Jack Aitchison replaces Elliott Frear.

Substitution

Substitution, Forest Green Rovers. Aaron Collins replaces James Morton.

Matt Stevens (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Steven Old (Morecambe).

Matt Stevens (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Steven Old (Morecambe).

James Morton (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Cole Stockton (Morecambe).

Attempt missed. Matt Stevens (Forest Green Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Elliott Frear following a corner.

Attempt missed. Elliott Frear (Forest Green Rovers) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Dominic Bernard with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Forest Green Rovers. Conceded by Kevin Ellison.

Corner, Forest Green Rovers. Conceded by Lewis Alessandra.

Corner, Forest Green Rovers. Conceded by George Tanner.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Crewe159332617930
2Cheltenham1484226121428
3Forest Green15843189928
4Bradford158342215727
5Newport14761158727
6Exeter157531918126
7Swindon157352219324
8Plymouth156542416823
9Northampton156361816221
10Port Vale155642122-121
11Cambridge155552014620
12Colchester155551613320
13Crawley155552323020
14Macclesfield155551618-220
15Salford155551823-520
16Grimsby155462020019
17Leyton Orient155462326-319
18Mansfield154562221117
19Walsall154381021-1115
20Oldham153571624-814
21Carlisle154291527-1214
22Scunthorpe153482024-413
23Morecambe152491428-1410
24Stevenage151681121-109
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