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REPORT | Wrexham AFC 6-0 Morecambe

Six of the best at the STōK Cae Ras

25 November 2023

Match Reports

REPORT | Wrexham AFC 6-0 Morecambe

Six of the best at the STōK Cae Ras

25 November 2023

A Paul Mullin hat-trick fired Wrexham to an emphatic victory at the STōK Cae Ras to the demise of a managerless Morecambe side.

The former Morecambe man came back to haunt his former side, as his first treble of the season propelled the Red Dragons back into the automatic promotion places.

It was six of the best for Parkinson’s men, which kickstarted in the fifth minute as Mullin’s whipped cross was turned home by Joel Senior.

Mullin picked up his first of the afternoon two minutes later as he slotted home from the first of two assists by Andy Cannon.

Substitute Jacob Mendy took the moment of the first half, with his sensational solo goal seemingly sealing the three points before the break.

Opportunities were hard to come by for the visitors and Mullin was at his clinical best, bagging a second-half double to secure his hat-trick. 

Even in added time, James Jones finished superbly into the top corner to round off a spectacular victory.

Phil Parkinson named three changes to the side that were defeated at Accrington Stanley, with James McClean back from international duty and Andy Cannon and Ollie Palmer returning to the Starting XI.

Mendy returned to the bench after making his debut for The Gambia on Monday against Côte d'Ivoire

The Red Dragons were enjoying an eleven-game unbeaten run in Sky Bet League Two but that came to an abrupt end when Accrington Stanley defeated them last weekend.

For the visitors, they arrived in North Wales after a turbulent week with Derek Adams departing for Ross County and Ged Brannan now occupying the dugout.

It was the dream start for the Red Dragons, as some excellent build-up play culminated in a probing cross by Mullin which forced Joel Senior to turn the ball into his net.

The pressure from the on-running Andy Cannon forced Senior into the error, and the number 20 was back in the thick of the action moments later.

A cute ball from George Evans nestled at the feet of Cannon and his sweeping cross was turned in with ease by Mullin to double the advantage only seven minutes into the contest.

The Reds’ domination of the opening period continued; however, they were struck with an injury worry with Anthony Forde being replaced by Mendy before the half-hour mark.

Morecambe started to grow into the game and their first opportunity arrived in the 32nd minute when a corner was headed down into Adam Mayor, but Okonkwo saved well down to his left.

However, that hope from The Shrimps was short-lived after a piece of sheer brilliance from the Club’s latest international footballer.

After receiving the ball from Cannon, Mendy strode into the box with swagger and danced past two Morecambe defenders before slamming the ball into the roof of the net.

The rampant Red Dragons weren’t done there as on the stroke of half-time, a smooth cutback from Palmer was placed into the path of the omnipresent Cannon but he fired over from close range.

The second half commenced with a renewed spirit about the Shrimps, as in the 54th minute James Connolly’s dinked-through ball fell to the feet of Mellor, but Okonkwo was down well.

A minute later Mullin came agonisingly close to securing his second of the afternoon, but his well-timed effort was tipped around the post by Smith.

Parkinson’s men continued to probe the Shrimps and once again the pressure told, with Mullin bagging his second in the 67th minute.

The Liverpudlian striker chested the ball down on the edge of the 18-yard box before hitting home on the half-volley past the Morecambe stopper.

His hat-trick was completed in the 77th minute, after finishing calmly past the outrushing Smith to put the game to bed.

The destructive striker came close to clinching a fourth with a free-kick from 25 yards being palmed away by Smith to deny Mullin.

There was to be one final chance of a consolation goal for Morecambe, but the substitute Ethan Walker lofted his acrobatic effort over the bar of Okonkwo.

Wrexham AFC: Okonkwo, Hayden, Tozer ©, O’Connor (Boyle 80’), Forde (Mendy 27’), Evans, Cannon (J.Jones 73’), Lee (Davies 80’), McClean, Palmer (Dalby 80’), Mullin

Subs not used: Howard and Bickerstaff

Yellow card: Andy Cannon 19’,

Morecambe: Smith, Connolly, Rawson ©, Bedeau (Stokes 80’), Senior (Threlkeld 73’), McKiernan, King, Bloxham, Mayor, Slew (Walker 73’), Mellon

Subs not used: Pedley, Songo’o, Davenport, Smith

Yellow card: Smith 57’

Attendance: 10,224 (1,128 Morecambe fans)

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