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Hatters triumph over Shrimps

13 April 2024

Match Reports

Hatters triumph over Shrimps

13 April 2024

Title-chasing Stockport County picked up all three points against the Shrimps at Edgeley Park.

The damage was done in the first half as goals courtesy of Tanto Olaofe and Fraser Horsfall saw the Hatters two up at the interval.

An early opportunity for the promotion chasers saw Antoni Sarcevic’s corner whipped in from the right, Kyle Wootton was waiting to prod the ball home but a vital interception at the death from David Tutonda denied the hosts.

The first goal of the afternoon came on eight minutes as Paddy Madden crossed deep, a header at the back post was sent back across goal to Olaofe who volleyed home from close range.

The Hatters came close to a second on 14 minutes when Olaofe read the long ball over the top, set himself through on goal with his first touch and looked to pull the trigger before Farrend Rawson blocked in the nick of time.

Morecambe’s first sight on goal came on 21 minutes after Charlie Brown’s dangerous free kick was swung in, Rawson was there at the back post waiting to make the contact, but the ball evaded him and rolled out for a goal kick. 

In the fourth of five added on minutes at the end of the first half, County doubled their advantage. Sarcevic’s corner was sent deep and Horsfall met it with a header too powerful for Archie Mair to keep out.

Half-time: Stockport County 2 Morecambe 0

In the opening stages of the second half, substitute Connor Lemonheigh Evans cut inside and fired an effort at goal, a deflection courtesy of Yann Songo’o diverted the ball’s path away from its intended target.

Mair was called into action on 51 minutes as Callum Camps latched onto a through ball and struck across the goalkeeper, who managed to get a strong hand to the strike before smothering the danger.

Midway through the second 45, County won themselves a free kick in a promising position. Up stepped Odin Bailey with a curling effort which was too high to trouble Mair.

Following a spell of possession, Chris Stokes looked to release Jordan Slew who found himself bearing down on goal, though the linesman's flag was raised for offside.

On 85 minutes, Joel Senior found himself in plenty of space just outside the box. He received the ball, turned and blasted an effort just wide of Ben Hinchliffe's left-hand post.

Full-time: Stockport County 2 Morecambe 0

Stockport County: Hinchliffe, Knoyle (Byrne, 62’), Horsfall, Camps, Madden © (Powell, 71'), Sarcevic (Richards, 72'), Pye, Wootton, Bristow, Olaofe (Lemonheigh Evans, 20’), Bailey (Barry, 72').

Subs not used: Smith, Hippolyte.

Goals: Olaofe (08’), Horsfall (45+4’).

Bookings: Camps.

Red cards: None.

Morecambe: Mair, Tutonda, Bedeau, Rawson ©, Garner (Slew, HT), McKiernan, Senior, Stokes (C Smith, 77'), Edwards (Love, 77'), Brown (Adams, 69’), Khumbeni (Songo’o, HT).

Subs not used: A Smith, Threlkeld.

Goals: None.

Bookings: Edwards, Bedeau, Brown.

Red cards: None.

Attendance: 10,117 (441 away).

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