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Stevenage 4-3 Morecambe

Chris Whelpdale scores against Morecambe
Chris Whelpdale (centre) had scored five league goals in 15 games but netted three in 41 minutes against Morecambe

Chris Whelpdale's hat-trick helped Stevenage to victory despite a late Morecambe comeback at Broadhall Way.

A Dean Wells shot put the hosts ahead, but Kevin Ellison's strike levelled the score before away keeper Barry Roche saved Ben Kennedy's spot-kick.

Whelpdale's shot made it 2-1 before Alan Goodall conceded another penalty, which Roche saved from Whelpdale.

After the break, Whelpdale completed his hat-trick but Paul Mullin scored from the spot and Ellison netted again.

A remarkable game, which sees Stevenage move up to 18th in League Two thanks to their fifth league victory of the season saw Wells open the scoring with a powerful effort only for Ellison to restore parity with a half-volley.

Roche then saved Kennedy's penalty after the Stevenage man was felled by Goodall.

The hosts took the lead again when Whelpdale curled an effort in to the bottom corner before Goodall brought down Tom Pett, but Roche saved Whelpdale's effort from the spot.

Whelpdale made amends when he curled home his second and he completed his hat-trick from close range to extend the hosts' lead to 4-1.

But Morecambe, who are now just two points ahead of Stevenage, set up a tense finale.

Mullin scored from the spot after Mark Hughes brought down Ellison, who notched Morecambe's third with a fine volley late on.

Stevenage manager Teddy Sheringham told BBC Three Counties Radio:

"It was a very enjoyable game from our point of view. We've talked about playing the game for 50, 60 or 70 minutes. Today I think we got to 75 or maybe even 80. I wouldn't say we got lucky but we were fortunate there wasn't another five minutes after their third goal.

"We scored some good goals and had opportunities to score more goals. I was delighted with how we played in the first half, it was probably our best 45 minutes. But like I said, 45 minutes does not win a game.

"I was delighted with the way my players applied themselves today and how we went about the game. It's exactly what you want to do each week but it doesn't always happen like that."

Chris Whelpdale
Chris Whelpdale has now scored nine goals in all competitions this season
Stevenage's players celebrate
The win over Morecambe is only Stevenage's fifth in the league this season

Line-ups

Stevenage

  • 16Day
  • 25Henry
  • 19Wells
  • 5FranksSubstituted forHughesat 75'minutes
  • 30Ogilvie
  • 7WhelpdaleSubstituted forLeeat 80'minutes
  • 3Cox
  • 15Tonge
  • 11PettBooked at 86mins
  • 33Kennedy
  • 10Matt

Substitutes

  • 4McCombe
  • 6Hughes
  • 22Lee
  • 29Crowe
  • 31Gnanduillet
  • 32Conlon
  • 34Gorman

Morecambe

  • 1Roche
  • 2BeeleyBooked at 46mins
  • 6Edwards
  • 22Parrish
  • 19Wilson
  • 9Barkhuizen
  • 10MolyneuxSubstituted forMullinat 45'minutes
  • 15Wildig
  • 11Ellison
  • 16MillerSubstituted forForresterat 73'minutes
  • 13GoodallBooked at 45minsSubstituted forMurphyat 45'minutesBooked at 64mins

Substitutes

  • 5Dugdale
  • 8Murphy
  • 12Mullin
  • 17Fleming
  • 20Thompson
  • 21Forrester
  • 23Doyle
Referee:
Lee Collins
Attendance:
2,415

Match Stats

Home TeamStevenageAway TeamMorecambe
Possession
Home59%
Away41%
Shots
Home13
Away10
Shots on Target
Home8
Away4
Corners
Home10
Away3
Fouls
Home5
Away14

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Stevenage 4, Morecambe 3.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Stevenage 4, Morecambe 3.

  3. Goal!

    Goal! Stevenage 4, Morecambe 3. Kevin Ellison (Morecambe) left footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom left corner.

  4. Post update

    Charlie Lee (Stevenage) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Aaron Wildig (Morecambe).

  6. Post update

    Hand ball by Tom Barkhuizen (Morecambe).

  7. Post update

    Corner, Morecambe. Conceded by Dean Wells.

  8. Post update

    Tom Barkhuizen (Morecambe) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Ronnie Henry (Stevenage).

  10. Booking

    Tom Pett (Stevenage) is shown the yellow card.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Tom Pett (Stevenage).

  12. Post update

    Laurence Wilson (Morecambe) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  13. Post update

    Attempt missed. Anton Forrester (Morecambe) header from the centre of the box misses to the right.

  14. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Mark Hughes (Stevenage) header from the right side of the box is blocked.

  15. Post update

    Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by Shaun Beeley.

  16. Goal!

    Goal! Stevenage 4, Morecambe 2. Paul Mullin (Morecambe) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the centre of the goal.

  17. Post update

    Penalty conceded by Mark Hughes (Stevenage) after a foul in the penalty area.

  18. Post update

    Penalty Morecambe. Kevin Ellison draws a foul in the penalty area.

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Stevenage. Charlie Lee replaces Chris Whelpdale.

  20. Post update

    Mark Hughes (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Oxford Utd20117231161540
2Plymouth20124430161440
3Northampton20124433231040
4Accrington19105434221235
5Portsmouth20810233181534
6Carlisle209653836233
7Mansfield2095628181032
8Leyton Orient208753227531
9Wycombe188642416830
10Exeter208662827130
11Wimbledon207762626028
12Bristol Rovers198382423127
13Luton207583228426
14Cambridge207583031-126
15Notts County197482730-325
16Crawley207492532-725
17Morecambe197393637-124
18Stevenage205782736-922
19Barnet2063112635-921
20Hartlepool1962111929-1020
21Newport204792129-819
22Dag & Red1927101933-1413
23York2026122242-2012
24Yeovil2025131934-1511
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