Andrew Dawber shone on an otherwise disappointing night for Stanley on Tuesday – but couldn’t celebrate in style.
The 17-year-old keeper won the man-of-the-match award after a string of fine saves kept the score down on his Stanley debut but he admitted after the game: "I am only 17 so, although I got the champagne for man-of-the-match, my dad will be drinking it!"
Dawber came in for Ian Dunbavin as manager Paul Cook admitted that this competition was third on his list of priorities behind the league and FA Cup and made nine changes to the starting XI from Cheltenham with injuries ruling out Toto Nsiala, Dean Winnard and George Miller.
The club consulted the league as you have to play six of your regular starting XI according to the rules of the JPT, but the likes of Aidan Chippendale and Karl Sheppard who came into the squad had been starters at the beginning of the season.
Meanwhile Dawber, a second-year scholar, didn’t look out of place, pulling off a string of saves in the first half to keep the score at 1-0 after Jack Redshaw’s early goal.
Kevin Ellison did make it two in the second half for a relatively strong Shrimps side but Dawber could do little about either of the goals.
"I got told on Sunday I was playing and I must admit, I didn’t sleep well on Monday night," said the teenager, who came through the ranks at Accrington.
"The big thing was not to make a mistake but at the end of the day it’s about the team and not about my debut and it would have been more speical if we had won.
"I am over the moon that the gaffer had the trust in me to pick me, though. I was really pleased he believed in me and it has been a great experience.
"Bavs has been a great support to me on and off the pitch, I can ring him any time if I have any little issues and he has always been there to help me. We are supportive of each other."
But teenager Dawber admitted he will be analysing his show no matter what: "I am hard on myself, I think you have to be then you don’t get false ideas. I am 17 and I want to improve, I just have to take each game as it comes and hopefully get better.
"There were a few things I did wrong on Tuesday and I have to work on that."
Dawber’s nerves were settled early as he made a good save from striker Jordan Burrow and stopped a cross from Redshaw.
Centre half Tom Eckersley, another who impressed on his full Stanley debut, made a vital tackle at one end and then at the other lively Reds frontman James Gray forced a good save from Shrimps keeper Andreas Arestidou.
However, that was a rare respite in non-stop Morecambe pressure and an Andy Wright ball over the top on 31 minutes caught out the Reds defence and former Manchester City wideman Redshaw’s shot went in off the underside of the crossbar.
More was to come from Dawber as Burrow was clean through but the young keeper showed no fear in racing out and getting both hands on the ball while Redshaw fired over from a good postition.
Dawber’s continued resistance saw him keep out Stuart Drummond just before the break but, after it, Stanley came out more fired up.
The introduction of another debutant Bohan Dixon – who has come from amateur football into the Football League this season– helped shake things up a bit and he was a threat, testing the Morecambe keeper for only the second time in the second half.
However, Morecambe were still a danger and, as the ball pinged around the area, the experienced Ellison fired low into the net to settle the tie.
Craig Lindfield and Gray came close late on but Morecambe striker Richard Brodie raced clear, only for his effort to be blocked by Eckersley as they looked to add to their tally.
Morecambe were celebrating their first win over Stanley since 2006 but the Reds fans won’t mind too much – as long as they get their revenge in the League Two encounters.