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Morecambe 1-3 Gravesend by Callum 21 Aug 2004
Morecambe are yet to record their first win of the new season. Many fans thought Morecambe would be challenging for promotion based on performances so far it appears it’ll be a tough and disappointing season.
The Shrimps looked to show their potential when Wayne Curtis fired a shot from 20 yards out which sailed harmlessly over the bar after seven minutes.
Manny Omoyinmi went close for Gravesend after a close range shot was saved by Adam Sollitt.
The game was similar to many games that fans saw last season. Players were not creating opportunities and there was a distinct lack of movement. Morecambe were unimaginative in their play with most of the possession resulting in a long ball up to Danny Carlton who was tightly marked by the Gravesend defence.
Gravesend soon took a much deserved lead. Jay Saunders got above Michael Howard to head in at the far post. Despite going a goal down, the home side were still not creating anything and looked very dull.
The Shrimps finally had their second chance of the game. Michael Twiss managed to create some space for himself before firing a shot into the side netting.
The whistle blew for half time and after a disappointing first half the north stand booed the players off the pitch.
Morecambe started the second half where they left the first half. Long balls and sloppy passing were frustrating the fans. One of the criticisms of Jim Harvey in the last game was his tactics and positioning of players. The game saw Danny Carlton alone up front and wasn’t able to create anything. The only balls Carlton was receiving were high long balls and nearly everyone was headed away by the Gravesend defence.
It wasn’t long before Gravesend got their second. Manny Omoyinmi scored from the edge of the area after the hour mark and it looked likely that Morecambe will have to wait for their first win of the season. Again the goal did not spark anything from the home side.
Just after the hour mark, Rogan was brought on for Swan and Stringfellow switched to the centre of denfence.
After 65 minutes Twiss was taken off and was replaced by Thompson. As Twiss walked off he was booed by the fans after a poor performance. Thompson was one of a few players actually playing in their favoured position and soon got to work taking on the Gravesend defence from the right wing.
Gravesend scored a third to condemn the Shrimps to an embarrassing home defeat. Jay Saunders scored his second of the game
After 80 minutes Carlton got a rare chance at the edge of the 18 yard box which hit the roof of the North Stand. A minute later, a great cross by Thompson set up Curtis to head the ball into the net to give the Shrimps a consolation goal.
Since coming on Rogan had a terrific impact taking on players at having a great determination and must be considered for a starting place next match.
At full time, fans booed and chants of “Harvey Out” could clearly be heard despite it only being a few people. Many fans questioned whether the manger could take the team any further and despite signing some quality players, the team is still playing football that is uncreative and chances are few and far between.
Morecambe: Sollitt , Walmsley , Bentley , Swan , Howard , Curtis , Blackburn , Stringfellow , Perkins , Carlton , Twiss
Subs: O'Connor , Thompson , Rogan , McFlynn , Hunter
Gravesend & N: Wilkerson , Gledhill , Skinner , Porter , Moore , Surey , McKimm , Saunders , Drury , Essandoh , Omoyinmi
Subs: Pinnock , Protheroe , Shearer , Sidibe , Mitten