Stunning Seasiders return for Thompson
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