Mandeville nets late winner to boost Morecambe’s survival hopes

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Liam Mandeville's late winnersaw Morecambe take a giant step closer to Sky Bet League Two safety with a tight 1-0 victory over Crawley at the Globe Arena.

Liam Mandeville’s late winnersaw Morecambe take a giant step closer to Sky Bet League Two safety with a tight 1-0 victory over Crawley at the Globe Arena.

The Shrimps substitute headed Zak Mills’ 82nd-minute cross past Glenn Morris from eight yards out to give Jim Bentley’s side a third successive home win.

An uninspiring first half produced no goals and very few incidents of note.

Crawley, who have now picked up just one point from their last four games, appeared the more likely to break the deadlock as they looked far sharper than the home side.

However, the closest the Reds came to a goal was in the 33rd minute when Reece Grego-Cox produced a superb overhead kick only to see his strike hit the top of the crossbar.

Morecambe keeper Barry Roche was also forced into a fine save after 24 minutes when Ashley Nathaniel-George produced a fine low shot and Ollie Palmer was inches away with connecting with Joe Maguire’s left-wing cross.

At the other end Morecambe created one effort of note before the break, with Richie Bennett seeing a low shot well saved by Morris.

The second half saw Crawley continue to press with Maguire and George Francomb flashing long-range shots wide and Palmer denied again by a fine covering Steven Old tackle before the Shrimps began to force their way into the game.

Mandeville fired in a low shot that was well saved by Morris before the on-loan Doncaster man provided the game’s decisive moment eight minutes from time when he turned in Mills’ cross.

Kevin Ellison should have added a second in stoppage time but shot wide when he had options either side of him.

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