Morecambe 3 Rochdale 0

Morecambe' s Chris McCready.
Morecambe' s Chris McCready.

A goal of the season contender from Kevin Ellison helped Morecambe get back to winning ways with victory over Rochdale on Saturday.

Chris McCready had given The Shrimps a ninth-minute lead before substitute Ellison celebrated signing a new one-year contract with a stunning 35-yard volley on the hour mark.

Andy Fleming then added a third shortly after to give Jim Bentley’s side their first win in three games and inflict a second 3-0 reverse on Dale in a week.

The visitors had controlled possession for long periods of the game, Bobby Grant firing in an early warning on three minutes.

Back from a four-game ban the former Accrington man curled a shot from the right corner of the area that had Barry Roche scrambling, but it went just wide of his left-hand post.

But it was Morecambe who went ahead early on for the second home game in a row, McCready bundling home Ryan Williams’ corner on nine minutes.

The visitors should have levelled things up on 21 minutes, Terry Gornell out-muscling McCready in the box but he could only shoot straight at Roche when in one-on-one.

Despite Dale’s territorial dominance, Jack Redshaw, playing against his former club, should have silenced the visiting fans jeering his every move just before the half hour.

After Keith Hill’s side had only half cleared a corner, Lewis Alessandra whipped in a left-wing cross that found Redshaw unmarked six yards out, but The Shrimps’ top scorer could only glance his header wide.

The second half began in the same vain as the first ended, Dale barely allowing the home side a touch of the ball until Alessandra broke from half way for the Shrimps on 55 minutes but he could only bend his shot from the edge of the area wide of Josh Lillis’ left-hand post.

Any worries that Bentley’s side may have had about Dale coming back into the game were settled with two goals in four minutes, the first the best the Globe Arena crowd will see this season.

Ellison, on the field for just five minutes, watched the ball come down before unleashing an unstoppable 35-yard volley into Lillis’ top-left corner to double his side’s lead.

It was just the tonic The Shrimps needed and it was soon 3-0, thanks to a goal that was completely different but almost as easy on the eye.

Will Haining motored down the right before sliding in a cross that was expertly left by Williams, Fleming taking it in his stride to beat Lillis from 10 yards.

After the visitors had promised so much in the early part of the half, the goals ended any hopes they had of taking something from the game with the home side looking more likely to extend their lead, Alessandra firing in a low effort that was easily saved by Lillis 15 minutes from time.

But it stayed at three, which was perhaps a little harsh on the visitors, meaning Hill still only has one win since returning to Spotland at the end of January.

Morecambe on the other hand sit pretty in the top half of League 2, just one point shy of Bentley’s first target of 50 points.

Morecambe: Roche, Haining (capt), McCready (Doyle 90), Fenton, Wright, Drummond, Fleming (Burrow 77), Williams, Alessandra, Holroyd (Ellison 55), Redshaw. Subs not used: Arestidou, Threlfall, Parkinson, Mwasile.

Booked: Fleming

Rochdale: Lillis, Bennett, Cansdell-Sherriff, Edwards, Rose (McIntyre 66), Jones, Barry-Murphy (Thompson 66), Kennedy (capt), Grant, Gornell (Grimes 74), Henderson. Subs not used: Collis, Rafferty, Donnelly, Haworth.

Referee: Carl Boyeson

Attendance: 2,028 (503 from Rochdale)