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Defeated at STōK Cae Ras

25 November 2023

Match Reports

Defeated at STōK Cae Ras

25 November 2023

A difficult afternoon in Wrexham sees the Shrimps leave empty handed.

In what was a quick start for the home side, Andy Cannon and Paul Mullin netted twice in two minutes with Jacob Mendy adding a third later in the half.

Two more Mullin goals in the second 45 before James Jones netted in the final minute rounded off the scoring for Phil Parkinson’s men.

The first chance of the game produced the opening goal, falling the way of the hosts. A well worked move saw a ball whipped in from the left, right onto the head of Cannon who nodded past Adam Smith.

Two minutes later, the Red Dragons doubled their advantage. Cannon turned provider with a cross which found Mullin, he managed to side-foot the the ball home from 10 yards.

Capitalising on a spell of questionable defending from the hosts, Michael Mellon looked to pull one back on 10 minutes, but his right-footed powerful volley flew wide of the near post.

Farrend Rawson, who netted in our last outing at Blackpool, came close to halving the deficit on 17 minutes; Adam Mayor’s free kick was sent deep into the box, Rawson rose highest, though his header cleared the top of Arthur Okonkwo’s crossbar.

Moments after the half-hour mark, our first corner of the game nearly resulted in a goal as Jordan Slew sent in a dangerous delivery, Rawson met it with a header which Okonkwo was equal to at the second time of asking.

Minutes later, Michael Mellon’s flicked on header teed up nicely for Slew to strike on the volley, but he couldn’t get the connection right.

Just as the Shrimps looked to pull one back, Mendy netted a third for Wrexham at the other end. The substitute picked up possession down the right, cut inside and evaded defensive pressure before striking into the top corner.

Half-time: Wrexham AFC 3 Morecambe 0

Eight minutes into the second half, a wonderfully hit through ball released Mellon one-on-one with the Wrexham goalkeeper. The Shrimps’ number nine managed to round Okonkwo before the shot-stopper made himself big and managed to smother the danger.

Smith was then called upon to deny Mullin his second of the game. The former Morecambe man cut inside and let strike from just outside the area, forcing Smith into a full-stretch diving save down to his left.

Just before the hour mark, the Shrimps were denied a penalty when Jacob Bedeau’s header inside the box appeared to hit the hand of a Wrexham man, the referee disagreed and waved away the protests.

A fourth goal for the hosts came on 67 minutes. The ball fell to Mullin on the edge of the Morecambe box, his strike took a deflection which wrong footed Smith before nestling in the back of the net. 

Mullin completed his hat-trick ten minutes later. Tom O’Connor picked out the forward, his first touch took him away from the defender before firing a powerful strike across Smith and into the bottom corner.

Ethan Walker came close to a late consolation after connecting with Oscar Threlkeld’s touch in the box, but his acrobatic effort cleared the bar.

Jones completed the scoring in the final minute with a well-struck, left-footed volley into the top-right corner.

Full-time: Wrexham AFC 6 Morecambe 0

Wrexham AFC: Okonkwo, Tozer ©, Hayden, Palmer (Dalby, 80’), Mullin, Evans, Forde (Mendy, 27’), Cannon (Jones, 72’), O’Connor (Boyle, 81’), McClean, Lee (Davies, 80’).

Subs not used: Howard, Bickerstaff.

Goals: Cannon (05’), Mullin (07’, 67’, 77’), Mendy (35’), Jones (90+6’).

Bookings: Cannon.

Red cards: None.

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

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

Goals: None.

Bookings: McKiernan.

Red cards: None.

Attendance: 10,224 (1,128 away).

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