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REVIEW | Morecambe 1-3 Wrexham AFC

Fishing season on the west coast

11 March 2024


REVIEW | Morecambe 1-3 Wrexham AFC

Fishing season on the west coast

11 March 2024

Wrexham came back to thump 10 men Morecambe 3-1 at the Mazuma Mobile Stadium, as Phil Parkinson’s side kept up the pace at the top.

The domineering win against Accrington Stanley in the fixture prior felt like a turning point in Wrexham’s season.  

However, the Red Dragons got off to the worst possible start in Lancashire. 

Arthur Okonkwo came charging out for a ball that was never his in the fourth minute, falling second best to Gerard Garner. After gathering the ball on the by-line, the striker smashed it hard and low into an unsighted Okonkwo’s near-post to give the home side the lead. 

Déjà vu to our most recent away trip to Forest Green Rovers. 

As the game meandered on, things just weren’t clicking for Wrexham... until they did. 

A hospital pass from captain Jacob Bedeau led to Paul Mullin racing down the Morecambe wing. Following some neat play, he was able to thread the ball through to James McClean who swung the ball into the roof of the net to level the score. 

This goal was just the impetus that Wrexham needed and they never looked back. 

Parkinson’s men finished the half well and managed to carry on their new-found intensity into the second 45. 

Wrexham were pounding on Morecambe’s door and a second goal felt as though it was coming. However, they needn't knock no more, as the Shrimps simply opened the door. 

Ryan Barnett’s through ball in the 49th minute glided past Max Melbourne to the on-running Ollie Palmer. The already booked full-back then clumsily collided with Wrexham’s number nine, meaning referee Thomas Parsons had an easy decision to make to dismiss the Morecambe man. 

The madness for the Shrimps didn’t end there though, as Nelson Khumbeni decided to raise his arm five minutes later to block Elliot Lee’s shot in the box. Parsons was well placed to award a penalty, to which Mullin calmly slotted away; unlike his normal rocket strikes. 

Wrexham’s grip on the game was firm and the 1,688 Wrexham fans in attendance were truly enjoying themselves. 

With that being said, the lead was slender and as the game drew on, Morecambe would gain confidence piece by piece to find an equaliser. 

So up stepped Steven Fletcher, who scored yet another header for the Red Dragons. The two Morecambe substitutes’ efforts to beat Fletcher in the air were null and void, as the Scot netted his eighth goal of the season. 

This goal quenched any hint of a Shrimps comeback, as they floundered for the final ten minutes of the game. Both through their lack of desire to press Wrexham on the ball and to stay on their feet in the Wrexham penalty area. 

Parsons blew for full time and Parkinson’s men won their first away game since mid-February. 

Harrogate Town will be the next challenge, who boast the second-best away record in the league, despite sitting 14th. 

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