Accrington Stanley 1-1 Morecambe

MORECAMBE skipper Barry Roche said his side were disappointed not to take all three points from this Lancashire derby clash with Accrington Stanley.

In a good game, played on a heavy pitch, the Shrimps produced a battling performance against their old rivals and came close to a first ever Football League win over John Coleman’s side.

Morecambe took the lead on 66 minutes when Phil Jevons scored after the Stanley defence failed to clear a long throw from Tony Capaldi and Jevons produced a fine finish.

But the lead lasted just seven minutes as Stanley were awarded a penalty on 73 minutes when Terry Gornell was brought down by Kieran Charnock and Phil Edwards made no mistake from the spot.

It was the third time that Edwards had beaten Roche from the penalty spot in his career, a point that was not lost on the Morecambe keeper who had another outstanding game.

He said: “I thought we had battled really well to get ahead and it was disappointing to concede another penalty against Stanley.

“It was a hard decision because I don’t think Kieran did any more than stand his ground against the striker but I have seen them given and it went against us.

See the Lancaster Guardian (04-02-11) for full story.