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Morecambe 2-1 Cheltenham Town

Two goals from the returning Garry Thompson gave Morecambe a dramatic opening day win over Cheltenham.

The 36-year-old, who rejoined the club in the summer after nine years away, made a telling debut with a 90th-minute winner to get the Shrimps off and running for the new season.

Jim Bentley's side had to come from behind after debutant Mohamed Eisa gave the Robins the lead two minutes from the break in controversial circumstances.

Kyle Storer swung a free-kick in from from the left and after Danny Wright headed across goal, the summer signing was on hand to poke the loose ball home from close range - with the Shrimps furious that a push by Wright had not been seen by referee Antony Coggins.

The visitors went close to scoring a second six minutes after the restart when Jordan Grimes saw a close-range volley hit the post after an Alex Kenyon clearance fell perfectly for him.

Three minutes later the Shrimps levelled through Thompson, who slid in at the far post to steer home an excellent low cross from Aaron Wildig after a swift Morecambe counter-attack.

Thompson then provided the telling moment of a tight game at the death when he volleyed home from Vadaine Oliver's header across goal to take the points.

Match report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Morecambe

  • 1RocheBooked at 43mins
  • 17Lund
  • 6WinnardBooked at 35mins
  • 4Kenyon
  • 3Brough
  • 24Rose
  • 15WildigBooked at 85minsSubstituted forCampbellat 86'minutes
  • 8Fleming
  • 7ThompsonSubstituted forLavelleat 90+3'minutes
  • 9Oliver
  • 11EllisonSubstituted forTurnerat 71'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2McGowan
  • 10Campbell
  • 12Nizic
  • 14Conlan
  • 16Lavelle
  • 18Turner
  • 19Deakin

Cheltenham

  • 1Flatt
  • 23Forster
  • 15Boyle
  • 2Grimes
  • 11Winchester
  • 4Storer
  • 6AtanganaBooked at 52minsSubstituted forHolmanat 90+3'minutes
  • 17Sellars
  • 3Cranston
  • 9Wright
  • 20Eisa

Substitutes

  • 10Holman
  • 14O'Shaughnessy
  • 16Page
  • 18Bower
  • 22Lovett
Referee:
Antony Coggins
Attendance:
1,450

Match Stats

Home TeamMorecambeAway TeamCheltenham
Possession
Home48%
Away52%
Shots
Home10
Away12
Shots on Target
Home6
Away5
Corners
Home4
Away7
Fouls
Home14
Away8

Live Text

Match ends, Morecambe 2, Cheltenham Town 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Morecambe 2, Cheltenham Town 1.

Foul by Michael Rose (Morecambe).

Jordan Cranston (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt saved. Dan Holman (Cheltenham Town) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Morecambe. Sam Lavelle replaces Garry Thompson.

Substitution

Substitution, Cheltenham Town. Dan Holman replaces Nigel Atangana.

Goal!

Goal! Morecambe 2, Cheltenham Town 1. Garry Thompson (Morecambe) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box to the top left corner. Assisted by Vadaine Oliver.

Vadaine Oliver (Morecambe) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by William Boyle (Cheltenham Town).

Attempt missed. William Boyle (Cheltenham Town) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the right.

Foul by Adam Campbell (Morecambe).

William Boyle (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Carl Winchester (Cheltenham Town) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

Attempt blocked. Carl Winchester (Cheltenham Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Morecambe. Adam Campbell replaces Aaron Wildig.

Booking

Aaron Wildig (Morecambe) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Aaron Wildig (Morecambe).

Jerell Sellars (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Michael Rose (Morecambe) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

Foul by Michael Rose (Morecambe).

Nigel Atangana (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Mitchell Lund (Morecambe).

Jerell Sellars (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Morecambe. Conceded by Jamie Grimes.

Foul by Rhys Turner (Morecambe).

Carl Winchester (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Morecambe. Rhys Turner replaces Kevin Ellison.

Attempt missed. Kyle Storer (Cheltenham Town) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Jerell Sellars (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Michael Rose (Morecambe).

Attempt missed. Michael Rose (Morecambe) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high from a direct free kick.

Vadaine Oliver (Morecambe) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jordan Forster (Cheltenham Town).

Foul by Dean Winnard (Morecambe).

Mohamed Eisa (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Cheltenham Town. Conceded by Alex Kenyon.

Corner, Cheltenham Town. Conceded by Barry Roche.

Attempt saved. Kyle Storer (Cheltenham Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Foul by Michael Rose (Morecambe).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Luton11008263
2Coventry11003033
3Accrington11003123
4Grimsby11003123
5Port Vale11003123
6Morecambe11002113
7Swindon11002113
8Exeter11001013
9Newport10103301
10Stevenage10103301
11Barnet10102201
12Crewe10102201
13Forest Green10102201
14Lincoln City10102201
15Mansfield10102201
16Wycombe10102201
17Carlisle100112-10
18Cheltenham100112-10
19Cambridge100101-10
20Chesterfield100113-20
21Colchester100113-20
22Crawley100113-20
23Notts County100103-30
24Yeovil100128-60
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