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Morecambe vs Wycombe

29 April 2017

Report: Morecambe 1-1 Wycombe

Wycombe were forced to settle for a point at the Globe Arena as they drew 1-1 against Morecambe in the penultimate match of the Sky Bet League Two season.

A Kevin Ellison goal against the run of play almost gave the Shrimps the win before Adebayo Akinfenwa bundled one home with a minute of normal time remaining.

Despite a late assault on the Morecambe goal, the Chairboys couldn't get the win they craved and they now will have to win vs Cambridge and rely on other results next week to make the play-offs.

Gareth Ainsworth made two changes for this one with Paul Hayes and Garry Thompson coming in for Matt Bloomfield and Scott Kashket, who missed out through injury.

The game started as it meant to go on; a battling affair in the middle of the park with both teams looking to play on the front foot.

The first chance for the Chairboys arrived on 3 minutes when Adebayo Akinfenwa fired wide from 20-yards after Morecambe struggled with a looping ball into the danger area.

11 minutes gone and Jamal Blackman proved his worth yet again with a magnificent save. The space opened up for Michael Rose who let fly from 25-yards for the Shrimps, but the keeper was there to spring across to his right to tip it wide.

The biggest chance of the half went to Akinfenwa on 23 minutes as Jacobson found the Beast at the back post with a well-drilled cross. The striker got up well and headed across goal, though it was just wide of the target.

Ten minutes later in the third of three consecutive corners for the Chairboys,  the ball was punched off the line by the keeper Danijel Nizic before Garry Thompson fired over.

The final chance of the half fell to Morecambe as Aaron McGowan surged forward from the back and shot. Blackman had to hold with Mullin lurking, but he did, ever so well.

Half-time: Morecambe 0-0 Wycombe

Michael Harriman received a very harsh yellow card early on in the second period as Paul Mullin took a tumble on the break. The striker then earned a free kick on the edge with similar theatrics but it came to nothing as Lee Molyneux hit the wall on 53'.

Three minutes later Luke O'Nien threaded it through to Saunders, who saw his his heels clipped just before lining up to strike, nothing given though.

Thompson did superbly on the left-hand side just past the hour mark as he cut in and knocked it past Nizic before the keeper got the faintest of touches to help the ball scramble clear.

Joe Jacobson was unable to continue on 69 minutes as Anthony Stewart replaced him, his first appearance since February for the Chairboys as he slotted in at centre-half and Sido Jombati went to left-back.

Two bits of clever defending from Harriman stopped the Shrimps getting the opener, before Saunders saw a goalbound free kick blocked on 75 minutes as Akinfenwa was fouled on the edge. Pierre then launched the ball back into the box and substitute Paris Cowan-Hall smacked the bar with a header. Oh so close!

The Chairboys' fans were in fine voice as their team pushed for the winner but it was the hosts who got one against the run of play with just under ten minutes left as pantomime villain Kevin Ellison curled in a speculative effort from 18-yards out.

With the Chairboys up against it after a sucker punch, they threw the kitchen sink at the Shrimps. Akinfenwa turned and spinned in the box but saw his low drive saved behind by Nizic. 

The Beast got his goal on the 89th minute though, and it remains to be seen how crucial it might be as he bundled home the scrappiest of goals.

Gareth Ainsworth's side didn't want to settle for a point and went all out for the winner as Blackman came up for an injury time corner. Saunders couldn't find a Wycombe head and Morecambe looked to charge down an empty net but Ellison's long range effort was well wide.

The last chance of the game fell to the final sub, Myles Weston as he fired over on 95 minutes on the half volley.

So Wycombe reluctantly had to settle for a point, leaving them to require favours next week if they are to reach the play-offs.

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