Stun­ning Seasiders re­turn for Thomp­son

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Derek Quinn

SUM­MER sign­ing Garry Thomp­son scored two sec­ond half goals to give More­cambe an open­ing day vic­tory over Chel­tenham Town.

Thomp­son, back at More­cambe af­ter nine years away, was the Shrimps’ hero with a 90th-minute win­ner to earn the points and de­light boss Jim Bent­ley.

The Shrimps’ man­ager said: “Garry has al­ways been a hero here and he could not have marked his re­turn any bet­ter to be hon­est.

“We know he still has so much to of­fer and he will de­servedly grab the head­lines though I am sure he will be the first to ad­mit that he owes his team mates a great deal.

“I thought ev­ery sin­gle one of them was bril­liant to­day es­pe­cially af­ter we con­ceded a goal that we all thought should have been dis­al­lowed for a foul.

“There were great per­for­mances all over the field and I am de­lighted for them and the fans be­cause it is bril­liant to kick off the sea­son at home with a win.”

Chel­tenham man­ager Gary John­son said his side were left think­ing what might have been af­ter miss­ing two great chances to add to their goal tally.

He said: “We are all dis­ap­pointed to have lost the game be­cause last-minute goals are al­ways a killer.

“We were do­ing well at 1-0 up and we hit the post and missed a great chance but we lost our mo­men­tum in the sec­ond half and didn’t re­ally get it back.

“They went di­rect and we didn’t win enough head­ers, and we just need to make sure that when things aren’t go­ing our way we wres­tle back the mo­men­tum.’’

Chel­tenham opened the scor­ing on 43 min­utes with Mo­hamed Eisa’s close-range fin­ish af­ter Danny Wright had headed a Kyle Storer free-kick back across goal.

The Robins al­most added a sec­ond on 51 min­utes when Jor­dan Grimes hit a post with a close-range vol­ley af­ter an Alex Kenyon clear­ance fell per­fectly for him. And their dis­ap­point­ment was dou­bled two min­utes later as Thomp­son scored his first with a slid­ing fin­ish from Aaron Wildig’s left-wing cross.

Will Boyle missed a glo­ri­ous chance to give the Roib­ins the lead for the sec­ond time when he failed to con­vert from close range.

And Thomp­son made him pay when he blasted home Vadaine Oliver’s knock­down in the fi­nal minute to give Bent­ley’s side the best pos­si­ble start and send the home fans wild on the open­ing day of the new sea­son.

STAR MAN GARRY THOMP­SON More­cambe

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