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2023 ends in defeat at Meadow Lane

29 December 2023

Match Reports

2023 ends in defeat at Meadow Lane

29 December 2023

A difficult evening in Nottingham sees the Shrimps suffer a heavy defeat on the road.

Macauley Langstaff netted a first half hat-trick with Dan Crowley also scoring inside the opening 45. Jodi Jones rounded off the scoring in the second half.

The hosts were awarded a penalty just shy of the ten minute mark after David Tutonda was adjudged to have brought down Aaron Nemane inside the box. Up stepped Langstaff who sent Adam Smith the wrong way to fire the Magpies in front.

Moments later, Langstaff doubled the home side’s advantage. Smith couldn’t hold a cross from the left and there was County’s number nine to convert the rebound.

Midway through the first half, Crowley made it three. After finding his way between to Morecambe defenders, the former Shrimp headed home from close range.

Looking for a way back into proceedings, the ball was worked down the Shrimps’ left and there was Adam Mayor to deliver an inviting cross into a dangerous area, though there was no red shirt to capitalise.

Ten minutes before the break, Langstaff completed his hat-trick with a curling effort from the edge of the D.

In the closing seconds of normal time in the first half, a deflected cross courtesy of Jordan Slew cannoned off the crossbar and away to safety.

Half-time: Notts County 4 Morecambe 0

Inside the first 60 seconds of the second half, Jones netted a fifth after picking up possession, driving into the Morecambe box and finding the bottom corner.

Half-time substitute Michael Mellon was presented with a half chance after connecting with Joel Senior’s cross, but the resulting header was into the ground which allowed Aidan Stone to collect comfortably.

Mellon again produced a headed opportunity after meeting Mayor's cross in the box, though it lacked the direction to test County's goalkeeper.

An excellent save from Smith denied David McGoldrick on 71 minutes; the former Derby County man found himself one-on-one to the inside left of Morecambe's box, but Smith made himself big to make the stop.

Mellon came close to pulling one back after breaking through and chipping the ball from distance, though the ball could only find the side-netting.

With the minutes ticking down, Yann Songo'o struck a venemous effort which sailed narrowly wide of Stone's left-hand post before JJ McKiernan curled an effort inches away from the bottom corner.

Full-time: Notts County 5 Morecambe 0

Notts County: Stone, Brindley (Macarl, 81'), Cameron ©, Crowley, Austin (Adebayo, 74'), Langstaff (O’Brien, 64’), Jones, Nemane, Baldwin, Bostock (Gosling, 63’, rep Rawlinson, 81'), McGoldrick.

Subs not used: Mahovo, Sanderson.

Goals: Langstaff (10’, 13’, 36’), Crowley (24’), Jones (46’).

Bookings: Brindley.

Red cards: None.

Morecambe: A Smith, Tutonda, Bedeau ©, Bloxham (Taylor, 29’), King (Mellon, HT), McKiernan, Mayor, Senior, Slew (C Smith, 80'), Davenport (Songo’o, 29’), Connolly (Rawson, HT).

Subs not used: Pedley, Melbourne.

Goals: None.

Bookings: Taylor, McKiernan.

Red cards: None.

Attendance: 9,786 (179 away).

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