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Shrimps fall to Forest Green defeat



Despite Charlie Brown’s opener for the Shrimps, Charlie McCann and Kyle McAllister scored to give the demoted Rovers a 2-1 victory.

The Shrimps got off to a good start, with JJ McKiernan charging into the area and forcing the visitors to clear the ball for the afternoon’s first corner. Rovers cleared the subsequent set piece before Jordan Slew advanced into the area and beat his man, but Vicente Reyes comfortably saved his attempt.

Donald Love, who returned to the starting lineup for the first time since October, found Gwion Edwards at the far post in the seventh minute, but he was unable to control the ball, and the away side gained a goal kick.

In the 13th minute, Love fired a long-range shot that Forest Green Rovers deflected behind for a corner.

Just before the 20-minute mark, the visitors came near as Kyle McAllistar’s attempt was deflected, but Kayden Harrack was there to clear the danger.

On 30 minutes, the Shrimps defence made two vital blocks to deny Steve Cotterill’s men the opener.

Just a minute later the home side broke the deadlock, as Charlie Brown capitalised on a mistake from goalkeeper Reyes, closing him down and taking the ball away before converting into an empty net.

In the 39th minute the visitors equalised, as Charlie McCann latched onto a through ball in the box and slotted it into the far corner.

Forest Green Rovers added a second goal right before halftime when McAllistar struck from the edge of the area.

Half-time: Morecambe 1 Forest Green Rovers 2

The second half began end-to-end, with the visitors’ first major chance coming in the 59th minute, when Osadebe’s shot was stopped by David Tutonda.

Moments later, the home side came near as Edwards’ thunderous effort went narrowly over the crossbar.

With Morecambe pressing for an equaliser, Edwards pushed Reyes into a fantastic save at full stretch in the 64th minute.

Though the hosts had few clear-cut opportunities, they came dangerously near in the 90th minute when Joel Senior’s free kick was palmed just wide of the net by Reyes.

After two minutes of additional time, Archie Mair had to make a snappy move to block Christian Doidge’s close-range attempt.

Full-time: Morecambe 1 Forest Green Rovers 2

Morecambe: Mair, Love (C) (Davenport, 77’)Tutonda, Rawson, McKiernan (Larsson, 86’), Senior, Slew, Edwards (Smith, 86’), Brown (Adams, 77’)Harrack (Songo’o, 58’)Khumbeni

Subs not used: Smith, Threlkeld

Goals: Brown (31’)

Bookings: Rawson.

Red cards: None.

Forest Green Rovers: Reyes, McAllister, McCann, Doidge, Garrick, Moore-Taylor (C), Robson, Dabo (Lavinier, 91’), Bunker, Keogh (Bernard, 69’)Osadebe (Jones, 80’).

Subs not used: Searle, Stevens, Maddox, Omotoye.

Goals: McCann (39’), McAllister (44′).

Bookings: Dabo, McAllister, Bernard.

Red cards: None.

Attendance: 4,491 (84 away).


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