A STRONG Morecambe side were held to a goalless draw at Altrincham last night, Tuesday, July 17, in their latest pre-season outing.
Shrimps forward Jack Redshaw started against his former club as Jim Bentley’s side knocked the ball about well in the opening period without threatening Stuart Coburn in the home goal.
Morecambe’s best openings came through wide men Izak Reid and Joe Mwasile, who both cut in and came close, the former forcing Coburn to get down well to save and the latter firing just wide.
The home side were more direct and with better finishing, could have been ahead at the break.
With the focus firmly on match fitness, the volume of substitutions in the second half meant the game turned into a disjointed affair.
Joe McGee, as against Everton in Bentley’s testimonial on Saturday, looked composed in the middle of the park with new signing Andy Wright assured playing in front of the back four, being strong in the tackle and more often than not picking the right pass.
Midfield trialist Patrick Lacey improved on his showing against the Toffees and trialist goalkeeper Ben Woodhead also got another run out.
For all their composure in the middle of the park, the Shrimps still lacked a cutting edge, but the presence of potential loan signing Richard Brodie in the crowd at Moss Lane will give Morecambe fans plenty of heart.
Morecambe: Roche, Reid, Parrish, McCready, Threlfall, Drummond, Wright, McDonald, Carlton, Redshaw, Mwasile. Subs: Burrow, Ellison, Parkinson, McGee, Lacey, Fleming, Short, Woodhead, Doyle