Morecambe extended their League 2 unbeaten run to nine games with an uninspiring draw with AFC Wimbledon at the Globe Arena on Saturday.
Kevin Ellison had given the Shrimps the lead inside 10 minutes with another excellent strike to add to his collection but Neil Ardley’s side took home a point thanks to Michael Smith’s header on 51 minutes.
The Shrimps took the lead with their first attack of the game on eight minutes.
A long Stewart Drummond ball beat Jim Fenlon and found Ellison near the right corner flag and just as nothing looked on, the Shrimps man put the ball through the legs of the Dons full back and fired an unstoppable left-foot shot past Ross Worner from a narrow angle.
The visitors, impressive in possession in the early stages, came close to a leveller half-way into the opening period as Luke Moore’s close-range effort from a George Porter cross came back off Barry Roche and hit the Dons striker before trickling narrowly wide of the post.
What had been something of a disjointed game was then held up by a lengthy stoppage just after the half hour mark following a nasty clash of heads between Jack Sampson and Barry Fuller, both of whom had to be substituted.
It gave the game an edge it had been lacking up until that point and things nearly boiled over in seven minutes of first-half stoppage time.
Harry Pell came in late on Alex Kenyon with the Shrimps man bouncing up to his feet and pushing the Dons midfielder over.
Referee Scott Duncan booked Pell and also showed Drummond a yellow card by mistake, having waved play on following a challenge from the Shrimps veteran earlier in the same passage of play.
The Dons were level six minutes into the second half, Porter’s first cross was only half cleared and his second chipped centre was headed in by on-loan Charlton striker Smith from close in at the back post.
The game went flat after the equaliser, Padraig Amond heading over a Williams cross at the back post on the hour mark.
Four minutes later a speculative overhead kick from Smith had Roche scrambling but it went harmlessly wide.
But it was a poor second half, with the crowd’s attentions at one point more taken with the spectacular thunder and lightening coming from behind the Omega Holidays Stand.
The Shrimps, who had been top of League 2 as things stood at half-time but ended the day sixth, had to settle for a point that was just about right on the balance of play.
Morecambe: Roche, Wright, Parrish, Hughes (capt), Threlfall, Drummond, Williams (Diagne 73), Fleming, Amond (Mwasile 84), Ellison, Sampson (Kenyon 37). Subs not used: Arestidou, Bell, McGee.
Booked: Drummond, Threlfall
AFC Wimbledon: Worner, Fuller (Kennedy 37), Bennett (capt), Weston, Fenlon, Porter, S Moore, Pell, Sweeney, Smith, L Moore (Sainte-Luce 73). Subs not used: Brown, Francomb, Midson, Beere, Fayers
Booked: Pell, Smith, Fenlon
Referee: Scott Duncan