Match ends, Morecambe 3, Cambridge United 0.
Colin Calderwood's reign as Cambridge United manager got off to a losing start as the U's were well beaten by fellow strugglers Morecambe.
Calderwood signed an 18-month deal this week as U's boss, but he could not prevent a sixth league game without a win which left the club one point clear of the League Two relegation zone.
The Shrimps took the lead through Vadaine Oliver in the second half and they added two late goals through Andrew Tutte and Kevin Ellison to move six points clear of the bottom two.
The first half was low on quality, but there were chances at both ends.
Jason Oswell headed a Jordan Cranston corner wide for the hosts, while Paul Lewis was denied at the other end by a superb covering block from Cranston.
Morecambe broke the deadlock when Cranston's ball into the Cambridge area was flicked on and Oliver beat David Forde to the ball to volley into an empty net.
Forde made three great saves before substitute Tutte doubled Morecambe's advantage late on as he hammered a right-footed shot past the goalkeeper from a tight angle.
And the Shrimps added a third in stoppage-time when star man Cranston worked an opening down the left and crossed low for Ellison to turn the ball past Forde from 12 yards.
Match report supplied by the Press Association
- 14YarneyBooked at 37mins
- 27CranstonBooked at 74mins
- 18OatesSubstituted forMandevilleat 57'minutes
- 15WildigSubstituted forTutteat 83'minutesBooked at 87mins
- 12OswellSubstituted forLeitch-Smithat 82'minutes
- 19Mendes Gomes
- 16DarlingBooked at 33mins
- 22LewisSubstituted forOsadebeat 67'minutes
- 11DunkSubstituted forLambeat 78'minutes
- 10AzeezSubstituted forAmooat 67'minutes
- Eddie Ilderton
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Morecambe 3, Cambridge United 0.
Attempt blocked. A-Jay Leitch-Smith (Morecambe) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
Goal! Morecambe 3, Cambridge United 0. Kevin Ellison (Morecambe) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jordan Cranston.
Foul by Vadaine Oliver (Morecambe).
Harry Darling (Cambridge United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Kevin Ellison (Morecambe) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Gary Deegan (Cambridge United).
Corner, Morecambe. Conceded by Harry Darling.
Andrew Tutte (Morecambe) is shown the yellow card for excessive celebration.
Goal! Morecambe 2, Cambridge United 0. Andrew Tutte (Morecambe) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the top right corner.
Attempt saved. David Amoo (Cambridge United) header from the right side of the six yard box is saved in the top right corner.
Substitution, Morecambe. Andrew Tutte replaces Aaron Wildig because of an injury.
Delay in match Aaron Wildig (Morecambe) because of an injury.
Substitution, Morecambe. A-Jay Leitch-Smith replaces Jason Oswell.
Attempt blocked. David Amoo (Cambridge United) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.
Substitution, Cambridge United. Reggie Lambe replaces Harrison Dunk.
Corner, Morecambe. Conceded by David Forde.
Attempt saved. Kevin Ellison (Morecambe) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top right corner.
Jordan Cranston (Morecambe) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.