League Two
AccringtonAccrington Stanley5MorecambeMorecambe1
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:

"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:

"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

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Accrington Stanley 5, Morecambe 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Accrington Stanley 5, Morecambe 1.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Morecambe. Conceded by Tom Aldred.

  4. 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.

  5. Post update

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

  6. Post update

    Foul by Mark Hughes (Morecambe).

  7. Post update

    Corner, Accrington Stanley. Conceded by Mark Hughes.

  8. Post update

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

  9. 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.

  10. Post update

    Corner, Morecambe. Conceded by Marcus Bettinelli.

  11. Post update

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

  12. Post update

    Corner, Accrington Stanley. Conceded by Mark Hughes.

  13. Post update

    Corner, Accrington Stanley. Conceded by Chris McCready.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Accrington Stanley. Piero Mingoia replaces Will Hatfield.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Morecambe. Padraig Amond replaces Kevin Ellison.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Accrington Stanley. Josh Windass replaces Peter Murphy.

  17. Post update

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

  18. Post update

    Foul by Andrew Wright (Morecambe).

  19. Substitution

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

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Morecambe. Marcus Marshall replaces Jamie Devitt.

Top Stories