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Gaffer pleased with Papa Johns Trophy progression

18 October 2022

Derek Adams says he is delighted to progress through to the next stage of the Papa Johns Trophy.

Youngster Adam Mayor opened the scoring for Morecambe after just two minutes, though the hosts levelled proceedings on 28 minutes through Finn O’Boyle.

The tie seemed destined for penalties, but Miles Welch Hayes had other ideas; his 96th minute winner claimed the points on the night.

Despite defeat, it’s the Shrimps who progress at the expense of The Sulphurites, an achievement which pleased the gaffer.

“I’m delighted for Adam Mayor tonight, to get his first goal for the Club, and obviously to progress through to the next round of the Papa Johns Trophy,” he said.

“I think it’s the first time the football club has progressed and we’ve done that tonight.

“It’s disappointing with how the game finished, we should’ve been ahead by a greater margin with the chances we created in the game.

“We’ve hit the bar, their goalkeeper has had one-on-one saves from us, and the game should’ve been out of sight; in the end, we’re through to the next round.”

Morecambe were rewarded for their quick start with an early goal, though Adams says that level of performance must be maintained throughout games.

He continued: “We started the game very well, we passed it quickly, we got into very good areas, and I think the way we played was good.

“We’ve got to add to that, and we didn’t add to the tally, and that always gives Harrogate a chance.

“We give the ball away in midfield, that’s how they get their first opportunity, they don’t trouble us, and we try to turn on the ball and give it away, they score.

“In injury time, we’ve got to deal better man for man marking and take the ball into the sky.”

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