Once again Brentford FC were struck by the curse of the long Tuesday night trip up north as they lost to Morecambe.

Over the past year, Brentford have gone to the likes of Macclesfield, Accrington Stanley and Chester for midweek fixtures and returned with their tails between their legs.

And now Morecambe can be added to that list following last night's 2-0 defeat at a freezing Christie Park.

With a midweek trip to Accrington again next Tuesday, and another to Grimsby next month, Brentford will have to lift the curse if it's not to derail their promotion hopes.

Frustratingly, the defeat came on the back of such brilliant performances in beating Aldershot and Shrewsbury.

But it was not for any lack of motivation or effort that Brentford lost - they were simply out-fought by a physical Morecambe side, aided by a referee who let a lot of over-the-top challenges go.

What Brentford really missed was the bruising presence of Nathan Elder up front, as a lot of the balls forward were gobbled up by a big home back four.

Instead, Jordan Rhodes did his best to continue where he left off with Saturday's hat-trick at Shrewsbury, being denied twice in the opening five minutes as Brentford started brightly.

But at the game went on, Rhodes and Charlie MacDonald became increasingly isolated, and instead it was Morecambe who took the lead on 23 minutes when Michael Twiss pounced on a weak back-header by Mark Phillips to open the scoring.

Marcus Bean should have done better with a free header on goal, but it was Morecambe who got the killer second goal with a minute left when Rene Howe was left with a tap-in from Neil Wainwright's cross from the left.

BEES: Hamer, Halls (Hunt, 90 mins), Dickson, Phillips, Bennett, Newton (Williams, 71 mins), O'Connor, Bean, Wood (Poole, 80 mins), Rhodes, MacDonald. Subs not used: Simon Brown, Osborne