Morecambe 3 Shrewsbury Town 3

Last updated : 24 April 2004 By Footymad Previewer

This was a six-goal end-of-season thriller between one side already in the play-offs and one who just missed out.

It was the home side Morecambe who were the unfortunate ones. They had to win this game and see both Barnet and Exeter lose, but in the end they just failed to reach the play-off stages for the second successive season.

Jim Harvey's side certainly gave it their best shot. They finished the season with an unbeaten run of eight games, but they just left themselves too much to do.

It was an uphill battle which became a mountainous task when Shrewsbury opened the scoring on just six minutes. Ryan Lowe beat Jim Bentley to the loose ball and his right-footed shot from a tight angle squeezed past keeper Craig Mawson.

The lead lasted just four minutes however, as Morecambe hit back from the penalty spot. Dave Ridler grappled Ryan Sugden to the floor and Wayne Curtis made no mistake with the spot-kick.

The game then swung from end to end as it was to do all afternoon before Shrewsbury took the lead for the second time with a penalty of their own.

Mawson was adjudged to have brought down Sam Aiston and Jake Sedgemore duly slotted home the resulting penalty.

Morecambe came back strongly with Sugden firing wide when he should have done better and Stewart Drummond, heading off-target from six yards out when he really should have scored.

Morecambe ended the half with Shrewsbury's 17- year-old keeper Joe Hart making a fine save to deny Paul Osborne, but Hart was unable to deny Morecambe an equaliser three minutes into the second half.

Morecambe's substitute Nick Rogan had only been on the field a few minutes when he scored his side's second goal with a fine finish.

Again Shrewsbury stormed back into the lead with player-manager Jimmy Quinn scoring his third goal of the season against Morecambe.

After his first effort was well saved by Mawson, the 44-year-old showed he still has sharp reflexes when it matters as he reacted quicker than the Morecambe defence to the loose ball to score.

Once again Morecambe looked to come from behind and they did just that with ten minutes to go.

Curtis collected the ball on the left-hand side and dragged it on to his right foot before unleashing a terrific effort which sneaked into the bottom right-hand corner of the goal with Hart thinking the shot was going wide.

Both sides then had efforts to win the game with Garry Thompson going close for Morecambe and Jody Banim doing likewise for the visitors, but in the end both sides had to settle for a tough point on a thrilling afternoon.