Heavy derby day defeat for Shrimps
Experienced striker Parkin grabbed the headlines with his three goals for his new club.
Morecambe's disappointing home form continued with a heavy defeat in their first ever Football League meeting with near rivals Fleetwood.
Fleetwood striker Jon Parkin was Fleetwood's star man with a hat-trick with Barry Nicholson adding a late fourth to round a poor afternoon for the Shrimps who were second best throughout.
minute and added two more second half goal to claim the match ball as the Football League newcomers crushed their north west rivals.thThe giant front man opened his account for the season in the 20
Parkin opened the scoring with a close range finish after a mistake by Barry Roche and added two further goals after the break.
minute corner and he claimed his third on 76 minutes when found again by the excellent Mangan.thHis second came with a close range finish from Andy Mangan’s 49
Barry Nicholson capped off a fine afternoon for the Cod Army with a fourth goal six minutes from time when Parkin turned provider with a far post cross which was headed past Roche by the onrushing midfielder.
Morecambe struggled to create too many clear cut chances. Nick Fenton headed over in the first half before Will Haining tested former Shrimps' keeper Scott Davies from distance.
The second half only produced one effort of note for the Shrimps as Jack Redshaw's near post flock was superbly tipped away by Davies on a
disappointing day for the Shrimps.
Morecambe: Roche; Parrish, McCready, Fenton, Haining, Threlfall; Wright; McDonald (rep Reid 79), Alessandra (rep Redshaw 54), Brodie (rep Burrow 54), Ellison. Subs not used: Arestidou, Mwasile, Drummond, McGee.
Booked: Brodie, Wright, Ellison.
Fleetwood: Davies; Beeley, McNulty, Mawene, Howell; Johnson, McGuire (Nicholson 63), Fowler 6 (Marrow 62), Brown; Parkin, Mangan (Titchiner 85). Subs not used: Maxwell, Ball, Eastham, Milligan.
Booked: McGuire, Mawene, Marrow.