Blues hold Morecambe but remain in deep trouble

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Morecambe 1-1 Southend United

Southend United claimed a share of the Sky Bet League Two spoils at promotion-cashing Morecambe, but remain five points adrift of safety with just six games left to save themselves.

Blues have never managed to get teh better of the Shrimps in any of their twelve league meetings. However, they looked set to end that miserable sequence when

Timothee Dieng nodded Elvis Bwomono’s superb cross beyond Shrimps stopper, Kyle Letheren just before the twenty-minute mark.

Cole Stockton and Harry Davis went close for the home side before the interval, while on their return Morecambe began to dominate. It came as little surprise when Stockton’s stunning volley levelled the score eleven minutes after the restart.

Aaron Wildig, John O’Sullivan and Stockton passed up opportunities to win it for Morecambe, who missed out on going third as a result.

“It’s disappointing because we were obviously in the lead, but we rallied and the game ebbed and flowed,” Blues boss, Mark Molesley explained.

“We’re battling, we’re fighting, but we’re the first to admit that we need wins at the moment.

“Away on a Tuesday night against a good side like Morecambe, usually, a point is good, but in our position, we’re gutted that we haven’t got the win.”

Southend United return to Sky Bet League Two action on Saturday, April 10 when Crawley Town visit Roots Hall Stadium (3pm).

Morecambe: Kyle Letheren, Kelvin Mellor, Stephen Hendrie, Sam Lavelle, Harry Davis, Toumani Diagouraga, Cole Stockton, Aaron Wildig, Carlos Mendes Gomes, Alex Kenyon, John O’Sullivan Subs not used: Mark Halstead, Nathaniel Knight-Percival, Brad Lyons, Ben Pringle, Liam McAlinden, Ryan Cooney, Freddie Price

Southend United: Mark Oxley, Elvis Bwomono, Shaun Hobson, Tyler Cordner, Timothee Dieng, Tom Clifford, Reece Hackett-Fairchild, Ashley Nathaniel-George (Ricky Holmes, 59’), Greg Halford (Emile Acquah, 75’), Jason Demetriou (Kyle Taylor, 75’), Nathan Ferguson Subs not used: Harry Seaden, Brandon Goodship, Terrell Egbri, Harry Kyprianou.

Referee: Scott Oldham
Assistants: Daniel Woodward and Paul Graham
Fourth Official: Gary Hilton

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