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Hartlepool United 3-2 Morecambe

Hartlepool ended a miserable run of form with a 3-2 win over Morecambe in League Two.

Without a win or a goal since 22 November, Hartlepool established control early on and bagged three goals in 14 first-half minutes.

They ended the drought after 10 minutes when Padraig Amond took a touch, turned and looped a volley over goalkeeper Barry Roche, who was slow to react as the ball sailed over him.

It only took four minutes for a second to arrive as Jake Carroll crossed from deep and defender Ryan Edwards handled the ball. Hartlepool missed a penalty last time out, but Billy Paynter made no mistake on this occasion as he sent Roche the wrong way.

A third goal for the home side came after 24 minutes. Michael Woods, whose inclusion was one of four line-up changes, was playing behind the front two and released a delightful pass for Nicky Featherstone to get in behind the defence. Featherstone showed great composure to finish.

In first-half injury time, the Shrimps should have got one back but Rhys Turner managed to clip his finish against the bar from eight yards.

They did score after 52 minutes when Hartlepool failed to clear from the back and a low shot from Andrew Fleming was deflected high into the net.

Morecambe scrambled a second in injury time but it came too late to deny the hosts.

Report supplied by the Press Association

Line-ups

Hartlepool

  • 1Carson
  • 33Donnelly
  • 22NsialaBooked at 62mins
  • 26Harrison
  • 18Hawkins
  • 14WoodsBooked at 35minsSubstituted forLaurentat 82'minutes
  • 4Featherstone
  • 17DeverdicsSubstituted forOatesat 72'minutes
  • 3Carroll
  • 9Amond
  • 10PaynterSubstituted forAlessandraat 59'minutes

Substitutes

  • 8Walker
  • 11Oates
  • 13Bartlett
  • 15Alessandra
  • 19Richards
  • 20Orrell
  • 28Laurent

Morecambe

  • 1Roche
  • 5Edwards
  • 6WinnardBooked at 26mins
  • 3McGowan
  • 14ConlanSubstituted forMullinat 31'minutes
  • 21JenningsSubstituted forMolyneuxat 66'minutes
  • 8Murphy
  • 11EllisonBooked at 62mins
  • 24Rose
  • 17Fleming
  • 18TurnerSubstituted forWildigat 73'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Wakefield
  • 7Mullin
  • 10Molyneux
  • 12Nizic
  • 15Wildig
  • 16Whitmore
  • 19Massanka
Referee:
Seb Stockbridge
Attendance:
2,996

Match Stats

Home TeamHartlepoolAway TeamMorecambe
Possession
Home47%
Away53%
Shots
Home10
Away13
Shots on Target
Home4
Away2
Corners
Home3
Away7
Fouls
Home16
Away7

Live Text

Match ends, Hartlepool United 3, Morecambe 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Hartlepool United 3, Morecambe 2.

Rhys Oates (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Lee Molyneux (Morecambe).

Goal!

Goal! Hartlepool United 3, Morecambe 2. Paul Mullin (Morecambe) right footed shot from very close range to the top right corner.

Corner, Morecambe. Conceded by Lewis Alessandra.

Foul by Liam Donnelly (Hartlepool United).

Michael Rose (Morecambe) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt missed. Aaron McGowan (Morecambe) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the right.

Attempt missed. Josh Laurent (Hartlepool United) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

Delay in match Aristote Nsiala (Hartlepool United) because of an injury.

Attempt missed. Andrew Fleming (Morecambe) header from very close range is just a bit too high.

Foul by Josh Laurent (Hartlepool United).

Paul Mullin (Morecambe) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Andrew Fleming (Morecambe).

Lewis Hawkins (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Paul Mullin (Morecambe) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, Morecambe. Conceded by Jake Carroll.

Substitution

Substitution, Hartlepool United. Josh Laurent replaces Michael Woods.

Substitution

Substitution, Morecambe. Aaron Wildig replaces Rhys Turner.

Substitution

Substitution, Hartlepool United. Rhys Oates replaces Nicky Deverdics.

Attempt missed. Aristote Nsiala (Hartlepool United) header from the centre of the box misses to the left.

Corner, Hartlepool United. Conceded by Michael Rose.

Aaron McGowan (Morecambe) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Nicky Deverdics (Hartlepool United).

Attempt missed. Ryan Edwards (Morecambe) header from the centre of the box is too high.

Corner, Morecambe. Conceded by Liam Donnelly.

Substitution

Substitution, Morecambe. Lee Molyneux replaces James Jennings because of an injury.

Andrew Fleming (Morecambe) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Michael Woods (Hartlepool United).

Delay in match James Jennings (Morecambe) because of an injury.

Booking

Aristote Nsiala (Hartlepool United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Andrew Fleming (Morecambe) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Aristote Nsiala (Hartlepool United).

Substitution

Substitution, Hartlepool United. Lewis Alessandra replaces Billy Paynter.

Paul Mullin (Morecambe) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Liam Donnelly (Hartlepool United).

Goal!

Goal! Hartlepool United 3, Morecambe 1. Andrew Fleming (Morecambe) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top right corner.

Corner, Morecambe. Conceded by Aristote Nsiala.

Aaron McGowan (Morecambe) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Doncaster22143544301445
2Plymouth22143535241145
3Carlisle221110141261543
4Portsmouth23116636221439
5Wycombe2311573025538
6Luton2298531201135
7Cambridge2210483025534
8Blackpool2296736241233
9Barnet228953130133
10Colchester228683027330
11Stevenage2293103334-130
12Yeovil238692526-130
13Grimsby228592927229
14Crawley228592836-829
15Exeter2283112526-127
16Crewe226972430-627
17Mansfield226882128-726
18Hartlepool236893140-926
19Morecambe2282122741-1426
20Leyton Orient2273122529-424
21Notts County2264122537-1222
22Accrington2256112029-921
23Cheltenham2349102435-1121
24Newport2145122535-1017
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