Lee Molyneux scored twice as Accrington eased their League Two relegation fears with victory over Morecambe.

Molyneux's first of the night, followed by Kal Naismith's penalty, put Stanley two up inside 11 minutes.

The hosts then struck twice inside six second-half minutes, Dean Winnard's close-range tap-in came before defender Tom Aldred's header.

Padraig Amond bundled in a consolation goal from a corner with six minutes left, but Molyneux had the final say.

The Crewe Alexandra loan man - who hit a hat-trick in the home win against then leaders Chesterfield earlier this month - stroked home from 15 yards in injury time.

And, as well as supplying the cross for Aldred's header, the lively Molyneux hit the bar with a long-range effort.

While Morecambe are now seven points adrift of the play-off places, Stanley are just three points further back, now six clear of trouble.

Accrington manager James Beattie told BBC Radio Lancashire:

Post-match: Accrington boss Beattie

"I'm delighted with the performance. The lads were tremendous.

"We did the simple things well and got off to a great start in the game.

"That's something I've been talking to the lads about - about game management and getting a foothold in the game.

"I was a little bit annoyed that we started to dwell on the ball in midfield and get caught, so I had a word about that at half-time.

"We needed to go back to basics, the lads did that and we managed to get a couple more goals."

Morecambe manager Jim Bentley told BBC Radio Lancashire:

Post-match: Morecambe boss Bentley

"It was a poor night and sorry to the fans who travelled over.

"I feel it more than anyone and it's embarrassing.

"It does your head in because you think you've turned the corner and then you think 'if you can beat Accrington, you're two points off the play-offs'.

"But I must be kidding myself and I must be believing in them too much. We've been pulled right back into it now, so we've got a battle on."

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (6)

Accrington Stanley

  • 26 Bettinelli
  • 23 Buxton
  • 19 Wilson (Hunt - 71' )
  • 04 Joyce
  • 05 Aldred
  • 06 Winnard
  • 10 Hatfield (Mingoia - 79' )
  • 02 Murphy (Windass - 79' )
  • 17 Gray
  • 11 Naismith
  • 13 Molyneux

Substitutes

  • 09 Webber
  • 15 Mingoia
  • 16 Hunt
  • 20 Windass
  • 24 Odejayi
  • 25 Atkinson
  • 44 Bowerman

Morecambe

  • 01 Roche
  • 08 Wright
  • 03 Threlfall Booked
  • 04 Kenyon
  • 05 Hughes
  • 15 McCready
  • 19 McGee (Sampson - 45' )
  • 10 Williams
  • 07 Redshaw
  • 12 Devitt (Marshall - 67' )
  • 11 Ellison Booked (Amond - 79' )

Substitutes

  • 06 Diagne
  • 09 Sampson
  • 14 Marshall
  • 20 Mwasile
  • 23 Doyle
  • 25 Arestidou
  • 27 Amond
Ref: Nigel Miller
Att: 1,525

Match Stats

Shots

14 4

On target

9 3

Corners

9 3

Fouls

5 9

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Accrington Stanley 5, Morecambe 1.

90:00 +4:01 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Accrington Stanley 5, Morecambe 1.

90:00 +3:53

Corner, Morecambe. Conceded by Tom Aldred.

90:00 +2:41 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Accrington Stanley 5, Morecambe 1. Lee Molyneux (Accrington Stanley) left footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom right corner.

88:49

James Gray (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

88:49

Foul by Mark Hughes (Morecambe).

87:02

Corner, Accrington Stanley. Conceded by Mark Hughes.

86:53

Attempt blocked. Josh Windass (Accrington Stanley) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

83:19 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Accrington Stanley 4, Morecambe 1. Padraig Amond (Morecambe) header from the left side of the six yard box to the top right corner. Assisted by Ryan Williams with a cross following a corner.

82:32

Corner, Morecambe. Conceded by Marcus Bettinelli.

82:21

Attempt saved. Marcus Marshall (Morecambe) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

79:29

Corner, Accrington Stanley. Conceded by Mark Hughes.

79:01

Corner, Accrington Stanley. Conceded by Chris McCready.

78:28 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Accrington Stanley. Piero Mingoia replaces Will Hatfield.

78:18 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Morecambe. Padraig Amond replaces Kevin Ellison.

78:04 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Accrington Stanley. Josh Windass replaces Peter Murphy.

77:24

Lee Molyneux (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

77:24

Foul by Andrew Wright (Morecambe).

70:21 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Accrington Stanley. Nicky Hunt replaces Laurence Wilson because of an injury.

66:58 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Morecambe. Marcus Marshall replaces Jamie Devitt.

64:54 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Accrington Stanley 4, Morecambe 0. Tom Aldred (Accrington Stanley) header from the centre of the box to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Lee Molyneux with a cross following a corner.

64:17

Corner, Accrington Stanley. Conceded by Barry Roche.

64:06

Attempt saved. Will Hatfield (Accrington Stanley) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

62:24

Attempt missed. James Gray (Accrington Stanley) right footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the left misses to the right.

61:30

Tom Aldred (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

61:30

Foul by Jack Sampson (Morecambe).

58:18 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Accrington Stanley 3, Morecambe 0. Dean Winnard (Accrington Stanley) header from very close range to the centre of the goal.

58:06

Peter Murphy (Accrington Stanley) hits the bar with a header from the left side of the six yard box.

57:20

Corner, Accrington Stanley. Conceded by Chris McCready.

55:23

Corner, Accrington Stanley. Conceded by Ryan Williams.

53:08

Attempt missed. Peter Murphy (Accrington Stanley) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the left.

50:17

Corner, Morecambe. Conceded by Tom Aldred.

50:01

Attempt saved. Jack Redshaw (Morecambe) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

48:18

Foul by Tom Aldred (Accrington Stanley).

48:18

Kevin Ellison (Morecambe) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

46:25

Delay in match Adam Buxton (Accrington Stanley) because of an injury.

45:00

Second Half begins Accrington Stanley 2, Morecambe 0.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Morecambe. Jack Sampson replaces Joe McGee.

45:00 +3:10 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Accrington Stanley 2, Morecambe 0.

45:00 +2:19

Foul by Adam Buxton (Accrington Stanley).

45:00 +2:19

Jamie Devitt (Morecambe) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

45:00 +1:30

Attempt blocked. Joe McGee (Morecambe) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

45:00 +0:22

Attempt missed. Kal Naismith (Accrington Stanley) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

40:31

Corner, Accrington Stanley. Conceded by Ryan Williams.

38:13

Will Hatfield (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick on the left wing.

38:13

Foul by Jamie Devitt (Morecambe).

35:27

Luke Joyce (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

35:27

Foul by Jack Redshaw (Morecambe).

27:38

Attempt saved. Tom Aldred (Accrington Stanley) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

27:04

Corner, Accrington Stanley. Conceded by Alex Kenyon.

24:07 Booking

Booking Robbie Threlfall (Morecambe) is shown the yellow card.

24:00

Adam Buxton (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

23:56

Foul by Robbie Threlfall (Morecambe).

22:28

Attempt saved. Will Hatfield (Accrington Stanley) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

17:55

Peter Murphy (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

17:55

Foul by Joe McGee (Morecambe).

13:43

Foul by Adam Buxton (Accrington Stanley).

13:43

Jamie Devitt (Morecambe) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

12:44

Corner, Accrington Stanley. Conceded by Barry Roche.

12:33

Attempt saved. James Gray (Accrington Stanley) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

11:03

Foul by Luke Joyce (Accrington Stanley).

11:03

Alex Kenyon (Morecambe) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

10:13 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Accrington Stanley 2, Morecambe 0. Kal Naismith (Accrington Stanley) converts the penalty with a left footed shot to the bottom right corner.

9:43

Penalty Accrington Stanley. Luke Joyce draws a foul in the penalty area.

9:43

Penalty conceded by Kevin Ellison (Morecambe) after a foul in the penalty area.

6:27 Booking

Booking Kevin Ellison (Morecambe) is shown the yellow card.

6:00

Will Hatfield (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

5:56

Foul by Kevin Ellison (Morecambe).

5:02

Hand ball by James Gray (Accrington Stanley).

4:17 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Accrington Stanley 1, Morecambe 0. Lee Molyneux (Accrington Stanley) left footed shot from the left side of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by James Gray.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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