Kendal Town 0-5 Morecambe

Morecambe boss Jim Bentley. Picture: Matt Rushton
Morecambe boss Jim Bentley. Picture: Matt Rushton

Morecambe kicked off their pre-season campaign with a comfortable win at Kendal Town.

Their Evo-Stik First Division North opponents provided a good test but goals from Aaron Wildig, Alex Kenyon and Kevin Ellison and penalties from Lee Molyneux and Tom Barkhuizen handed the Shrimps victory at the Lancaster & Morecambe College Stadium on Tuesday night.

Jim Bentley played two different teams in each half as the visiting fans got a first look at the club’s new signings.

Number one Barry Roche also made a welcome return after missing the majority of last season with former Rotherham ‘keeper Tony Thompson, on trial with the club, playing the second half between the sticks.

Former Preston North End youngster Luke Pritchard, also bidding to earn a deal, played the opening 45 minutes from the wing.

As for the match itself, the game’s first real opening came on the quarter hour from a Morecambe error.

Shaun Beeley did well to win win back the ball tracking down the right but his weak back pass was intercepted by Jordan Connerton who rounded Roche but off balance his tame shot was cleared by Chris Doyle.

Morecambe began to build some momentum as they settled however and a series of half chances led to the opening goal for Wildig on 23 minutes.

A fine team move ended with Peter Murphy flicking the ball to the advancing Wildig who side footed home from 12 yards for his first goal as a permanent member of the Shrimps squad.

Kendal were nearly level a minute later when Connerton was played in by a quick free-kick but the former Lancaster man’s shot was blocked by Roche at point blank range.

After a slow start the game had certainly picked up as a spectacle, Aaron McGowan crashing a left-footed shot from distance off Whiteside’s right-hand post.

The hosts will feel they should have gone into the break level but Danny Wilkins, played in by Dave Swarbrick’s back heel, could only fire wide when in one-on-one with Roche.

The Shrimps doubled their advantage six minutes into the second half from the spot.

Jack Kelleher produced a fine flick over his head only to be brought down by Robbie Williams, Molyneux stepping up and making no mistake from the spot for his first Shrimps goal.

It was three for the Shrimps on 69 minutes, Alex Kenyon’s flicked header from Molyneux’s in-swinging cross beating former Morecambe youngster Will Kitchen off the inside of the far post.

Kevin Ellison added number four on 79 minutes, firing home from a narrow angle on the left edge of the area after Kelleher’s neat reverse pass.

Barkhuizen’s penalty, after a clumsy challenge from Robbie Williams on Ellison, then completed the scoring with the final kick of the game.

Kendal: Whiteside, Smalley, Henry, Towers, Williams, Forbes, Swarbrick, Bailey, Connerton, Wilkins, King. Subs: Watson, Kitchen, Thomas, Trialist, Watson, Pomieye.

Morecambe: First half: Roche, Beeley (capt), Doyle, Dugdale, McGowan, Goodall, Murphy, Wildig, Devitt, Mullin, Pritchard.

Second half: Thompson, McGowan, Edwards, Parrish, Molyneux, Bailey, Fleming, Kenyon, Ellison, Kelleher, Barkhuizen.

Referee: Kevin Mulraine.