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Morecambe 0-1 Barnet

Barnet's chances of English Football League survival were given a massive boost with a superb late goal from Alex Nicholls giving Martin Allen's side the win they needed to keep their hopes alive.

Substitute Nicholls produced a fine strike to volley past Barry Roche from the edge of the area to see off Morecambe.

The goal came after a sustained period of Barnet pressure and sealed a decisive win which leaves them just two points behind third-from-bottom Morecambe going into the final game.

The visitors controlled the second half and had it not been for Roche they could have won the game by a greater margin.

Roche produced a fine save from a Richard Brindley free-kick and went on to make another from Nicholls.

The first half was a scrappy affair with no clear-cut chances.

The best effort on goal came from Brindley when he flashed a shot just wide of the Morecambe goal from the right-hand side of the area.

Morecambe enjoyed the greater share of the possession but failed to test Craig Ross in the Barnet goal as their final ball let them down.

Match report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Morecambe

  • 1Roche
  • 2McGowan
  • 16Lavelle
  • 5Old
  • 14Conlan
  • 4Kenyon
  • 24Rose
  • 10CampbellSubstituted forWyldeat 55'minutes
  • 29Lang
  • 11Ellison
  • 28McGurkSubstituted forOliverat 73'minutesBooked at 77mins

Substitutes

  • 8Fleming
  • 9Oliver
  • 12Nizic
  • 15Wildig
  • 17Lund
  • 21Wylde
  • 22Müller

Barnet

  • 21Ross
  • 2BrindleyBooked at 38mins
  • 5Almeida Santos
  • 6NelsonSubstituted forWatsonat 76'minutes
  • 13Tutonda
  • 25Akpa Akpro
  • 26Sweeney
  • 8Weston
  • 14AkinolaSubstituted forNichollsat 32'minutes
  • 9Akinde
  • 11CoulthirstSubstituted forTaylorat 70'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Clough
  • 7Watson
  • 12Taylor
  • 15Bover
  • 23Nicholls
  • 32Payne
  • 40Legg
Referee:
Geoff Eltringham
Attendance:
2,073

Match Stats

Home TeamMorecambeAway TeamBarnet
Possession
Home38%
Away62%
Shots
Home5
Away14
Shots on Target
Home3
Away5
Corners
Home2
Away5
Fouls
Home12
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, Morecambe 0, Barnet 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Morecambe 0, Barnet 1.

Alex Nicholls (Barnet) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Luke Conlan (Morecambe).

Foul by Jack Taylor (Barnet).

Michael Rose (Morecambe) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt saved. Vadaine Oliver (Morecambe) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Aaron McGowan (Morecambe) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro (Barnet).

Jack Taylor (Barnet) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Michael Rose (Morecambe).

Attempt missed. Michael Rose (Morecambe) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the left.

Corner, Morecambe. Conceded by David Tutonda.

Foul by Jack Taylor (Barnet).

Luke Conlan (Morecambe) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Goal!

Goal! Morecambe 0, Barnet 1. Alex Nicholls (Barnet) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro.

Attempt missed. Curtis Weston (Barnet) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

Booking

Vadaine Oliver (Morecambe) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Dan Sweeney (Barnet) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Vadaine Oliver (Morecambe).

Substitution

Substitution, Barnet. Ryan Watson replaces Michael Nelson.

Attempt missed. Jack Taylor (Barnet) header from the left side of the six yard box is just a bit too high.

Attempt missed. Alex Kenyon (Morecambe) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Substitution

Substitution, Morecambe. Vadaine Oliver replaces Adam McGurk.

Substitution

Substitution, Barnet. Jack Taylor replaces Shaquile Coulthirst.

Attempt missed. David Tutonda (Barnet) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Attempt missed. Richard Brindley (Barnet) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right from a direct free kick.

Shaquile Coulthirst (Barnet) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Alex Kenyon (Morecambe).

Corner, Barnet. Conceded by Steven Old.

Dan Sweeney (Barnet) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Michael Rose (Morecambe).

Richard Brindley (Barnet) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Callum Lang (Morecambe).

Attempt saved. Richard Brindley (Barnet) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Delay in match Ricardo Santos (Barnet) because of an injury.

Attempt missed. Ricardo Santos (Barnet) header from very close range is just a bit too high following a corner.

Corner, Barnet. Conceded by Barry Roche.

Attempt saved. Alex Nicholls (Barnet) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Corner, Barnet. Conceded by Alex Kenyon.

goal

As It Stood

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1Accrington452961076433393
2Luton452512894464887
3Wycombe4523121078601881
4Exeter45238146354977
5Notts County4521131171482376
6Coventry452281564471774
7Lincoln City4520141163471674
8Mansfield4518171066511571
9Carlisle451715136153866
10Swindon45198186465-165
11Newport441615135556-163
12Colchester451614155351262
13Cambridge451613165160-961
14Crawley451610195765-858
15Stevenage451413186064-455
16Crewe45165246074-1453
17Cheltenham451312206671-551
18Grimsby451212213966-2748
19Port Vale451114204962-1347
20Yeovil451211225874-1647
21Forest Green45138245474-2047
22Morecambe45918184156-1545
23Barnet451110244365-2243
24Chesterfield4498274680-3435
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