Morecambe 2 Hereford United 2

Last updated : 17 January 2004 By Footymad Previewer

A last-gasp goal from Morecambe substitute Ryan Sugden earned the Srimps a well-deserved point in this thrilling Conference clash.

Sugden, who had earlier missed two glorious opportunities, made amends with a perfectly-struck volley which flew into the top corner of the Hereford goal.

Chances were flowing at either end with Hereford having a golden opportunity to open the scoring in only the fourth minute.

Rob Purdie put Mark Beesley through on goal, but with only Craig Mawson to beat he shot tamely into the sidenetting.

Four minutes later Morecambe had a chance to open the scoring when Danny Carlton raced on to Terry McFlynn's flick and saw his volley beat Matt Baker but also beat the top of the crossbar.

Mawson then well to tip Danny Williams' long-range free-kick over the bar while at the other end Dean Howell's curling free-kick from 20 yards was not too far away.

It was the visitors who struck first when they scored on 29 minutes.

A Williams free-kick from the right was not dealt with by the Morecambe defence and on-loan defender Anwar Uddin got the final touch.

The lead lasted just six minutes, however, as Morecambe pressed forward and Carlton slotted a low cross from David Perkins past Baker from close range.

If the first half was quick the second half was even quicker.

Seconds after the restart Purdie threatened to break through but was denied by an excellent covering tackle from Perkins.

The game then belonged to Morecambe, who were helped by the sending-off of Michael Rose for a second bookable offence.

The chances kept coming with Jim Bentley heading against the crossbar on 53 minutes, Shaun Garnett heading inches wide on 55 and Garry Thompson flashing a shot across the face of the goal on 58 minutes.

Sugden was then denied by Baker before Hereford scored out of the blue.

A right-wing corner was spilled by Mawson and Bulls substitute Richard Teesdale turned in the loose ball with his first touch of the game.

Morecambe came back strongly in the final ten minutes and laid siege to the Hereford goal.

Baker produced two fine saves to deny Sugden and also did well to hold on to a stinging Stewart Drummond effort.

The game entered injury-time with Sugden firing a right-foot shot against the crossbar before volleying home the rebound to cap a fine afternoon of entertaining Conference football.