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Accrington Stanley 5-1 Morecambe

Lee Molyneux

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:

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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:

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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."

Line-ups

Accrington

  • 26Bettinelli
  • 23Buxton
  • 19WilsonSubstituted forHuntat 71'minutes
  • 4Joyce
  • 5Aldred
  • 6Winnard
  • 10HatfieldSubstituted forMingoiaat 79'minutes
  • 2MurphySubstituted forWindassat 79'minutes
  • 17Gray
  • 11Naismith
  • 13Molyneux

Substitutes

  • 9Webber
  • 15Mingoia
  • 16Hunt
  • 20Windass
  • 24Odejayi
  • 25Atkinson
  • 44Bowerman

Morecambe

  • 1Roche
  • 8Wright
  • 3ThrelfallBooked at 25mins
  • 4Kenyon
  • 5Hughes
  • 15McCready
  • 19McGeeSubstituted forSampsonat 45'minutes
  • 10Williams
  • 7Redshaw
  • 12DevittSubstituted forMarshallat 67'minutes
  • 11EllisonBooked at 7minsSubstituted forAmondat 79'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Diagne
  • 9Sampson
  • 14Marshall
  • 20Mwasile
  • 23Doyle
  • 25Arestidou
  • 27Amond
Referee:
Nigel Miller
Attendance:
1,525

Match Stats

Home TeamAccringtonAway TeamMorecambe
Possession
Home56%
Away44%
Shots
Home14
Away4
Shots on Target
Home9
Away3
Corners
Home9
Away3
Fouls
Home5
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Accrington Stanley 5, Morecambe 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Accrington Stanley 5, Morecambe 1.

Corner, Morecambe. Conceded by Tom Aldred.

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.

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

Foul by Mark Hughes (Morecambe).

Corner, Accrington Stanley. Conceded by Mark Hughes.

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

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.

Corner, Morecambe. Conceded by Marcus Bettinelli.

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

Corner, Accrington Stanley. Conceded by Mark Hughes.

Corner, Accrington Stanley. Conceded by Chris McCready.

Substitution

Substitution, Accrington Stanley. Piero Mingoia replaces Will Hatfield.

Substitution

Substitution, Morecambe. Padraig Amond replaces Kevin Ellison.

Substitution

Substitution, Accrington Stanley. Josh Windass replaces Peter Murphy.

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

Foul by Andrew Wright (Morecambe).

Substitution

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

Substitution

Substitution, Morecambe. Marcus Marshall replaces Jamie Devitt.

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.

Corner, Accrington Stanley. Conceded by Barry Roche.

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

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

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

Foul by Jack Sampson (Morecambe).

Goal!

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

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

Corner, Accrington Stanley. Conceded by Chris McCready.

Corner, Accrington Stanley. Conceded by Ryan Williams.

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.

Corner, Morecambe. Conceded by Tom Aldred.

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

Foul by Tom Aldred (Accrington Stanley).

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

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

Second Half

Second Half begins Accrington Stanley 2, Morecambe 0.

Substitution

Substitution, Morecambe. Jack Sampson replaces Joe McGee.

Half Time

First Half ends, Accrington Stanley 2, Morecambe 0.

Foul by Adam Buxton (Accrington Stanley).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Rochdale372071059392067
2Chesterfield381812861362566
3Scunthorpe371617458372165
4Fleetwood371871254421261
5Burton37161384136561
6Oxford Utd371414948371156
7Plymouth37159134241154
8Southend371313114436852
9York371313114438652
10Hartlepool371310144440449
11Cheltenham371115114247-548
12Morecambe371211144455-1147
13Dag & Red361113124445-146
14Newport351112124447-345
15Accrington371111154548-344
16Wimbledon371111153642-644
17Mansfield371013143750-1343
18Bury36915124142-142
19Wycombe371012153945-642
20Bristol Rovers361012143440-642
21Portsmouth37915133851-1342
22Exeter371011164249-741
23Northampton37911173048-1838
24Torquay3799193555-2036
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