Accrington 0-2 Morecambe

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Morecambe boss Jim Bentley was happy to see his side overcome their Accrington hoodoo to book a spot in the second round of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy.

Goals from Jack Redshaw and Kevin Ellison gave the Shrimps their first victory over Stanley since joining the Football League.

Bentley, who handed Joe McGee and Andreas Arestidou their full debuts, said there were plenty of positives from the game but also said they should have won by a greater margin.

He said: “It was good to win because it just broke that little hold Stanley have had over us in recent years and there were some good performances.

“Jack Redshaw took his goal superbly well and both Joe and Andreas made good debuts and once again the football was good considering we were without so many first team regulars.

“My only criticism is that we should have won by more.

“Their goalkeeper made some great saves but we missed some great chances after getting into really good positions and should have done better.

“But we came through the game and are into round two which is where we wanted to be and it maintained our good start away from home.”

Injuries to Andy Parrish, Will Haining, Gary McDonald and Robbie Threlfall, as well as the unfortunate Danny Carlton, meant Bentley had to reshuffle his pack but a goal in either half gave them Shrimps what proved to be a relatively comfortable victory.

Redshaw opened the scoring on the half hour with a great finish.

Andy Wright played a ball behind the Accrington back four and Redshaw produced a superb first touch before volleying past Andy Dawber with a superb finish.

The Shrimps should have added to their lead after creating a string of chances but came up against a 17-year-old keeper who was inspired.

Jordan Burrow had two golden chances to make it 2-0 but Dawber saved smartly before Redshaw flashed a shot wide from close range after the Accrington keeper made a brilliant save to block a close range Stewart Drummond snapshot.

Kevin Ellison fired over from close range and Nick Fenton headed just over from an Andy Fleming corner.

At the other end Arestidou made a flying save to tip away a sweetly struck long range effort from Karl Sheppard in a rare moment o concern.

Stanley started the second half well and had created several half chances before Morecambe scored on the break when Ellison was left unmarked on the edge of the area before drilling a low shot into the bottom corner of Dawber’s goal.

The Shrimps had chances to extend their lead with Richard Brodie denied by a fine defensive block from Lee Molyneux and Lewis Alessandra failing to find the target from close range.

Accrington: Dawber, Lindfield, Eckersley, Murphy, Molyneux; Barnett, Watson; Gray, Clark, Chippendale; Sheppard (rep Dixon 54). Subs not used: Dunbavin, Joyce, Hatfield, Amond.

Booked: Barnett, Dixon.

Morecambe: Arestidou; Reid, Fenton, McCready, Wright; Ellison (rep Mwasile 87), McGee (rep Alessandra 62), Drummond, Fleming; Burrow (rep Brodie 66), Redshaw. Subs not used: Roche, Doyle.

Booked: McGee, Wright.

Ref: S Rushton.

Att: 1,049.