Torquay 1-1 Morecambe

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MORECAMBE maintained their unbeaten away run with an excellent point in the heat at Torquay.

Kevin Ellison was the Shrimps’ goal hero with a superb individual effort on 81 minutes to bring his side back into the game at Torquay had taken the lead just past the hour.

Ellison took the ball from inside his own half and went on a superb run that took him past Kevin Nicholson and round home keeper Bobby Olejnik before he slotted into the empty net.

The former Chester man then could have given the Shrimps all three points two minutes later but he blasted over from close range after a great lay off from Garry Hunter.

Torquay also had a great chance to take the points when Billy Bodin was free at the far post but saw his 87th minute header superbly saved by Barry Roche and the Morecambe keeper also reacted superbly to save from Chris McPhee’s close range shot.

The home side took the lead in the 63rd minute when Lee Mansell stole into the penalty area and latched on to a loose ball to drill a left foot shot past Barry Roche and into the bottom left hand corner.

Torquay created the better chances in the opening 45 minutes and could have scored in the opening seconds when Taiwo Atieno had a chance to turn in the box but shot straight at Barry Roche.

The home side then had a good shout for a penalty five minutes later turned down with Chris Robertson argued that he had been held in the box by Nick Fenton.

The Shrimps hit back with Danny Carlton and Kevin Ellison testing Robert Olejnik from distance before the home side ended the half on top with Fenton producing a vital last gasp clearance.

Torquay’s Billy Bodin came closest to breaking the deadlock in injury time when he saw a shot deflected onto the crossbar with Roche beaten.

Torquay - Olejnik; Oastler, Saah, Robertson, Nicholson; Mansell, O’Kane, Lathrope; Bodin, Atieno (McPhee 74), Morris (Stevens 74). Unused Subs: Rice (Gk), Ellis, Macklin.

Morecambe - Roche: Parrish, Fenton, McCready, Wilson; Fleming (Haining 85), Drummond, Hunter: Ellison, Carlton (Reid 52), Price (Jevons 60). Unused subs: Routledge, Charnock.

Scorers: Torquay - Mansell 63, Morecambe - Ellison 81

Booked: Wilson

Referee: R East (Essex)

Attendance: 2,207