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Report: Five-star Fleetwood do the double over Accrington

15 April 2023

Match Reports

Report: Five-star Fleetwood do the double over Accrington

15 April 2023

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Fleetwood Town got back to winning ways in some fashion on Saturday afternoon as they put five past Accrington Stanley in their Lancashire derby at the Wham Stadium.

It was a day to remember as forward Jack Marriott secured his first hat-trick in red, with two goals coming in the first half and his last coming being added seconds before the end. Both Promise Omochere and Phoenix Patterson also jumped on the score sheet in an emphatic win in front of the travelling Cods.

It was a quick start from the Cods as they looked to break the deadlock straight from kick-off, with the first chance of the game coming in the second minute as captain Josh Vela played a ball over the top for Omochere, but his right-footed volley went over Lukas Jensen’s bar.

Four minutes later, Jayden Stockley thought he did enough to open the scoring as he tried to skilfully finish Brendan Wiredu’s run down the right, but the chance went wide of the mark. Town didn’t have to wait long though as Marriott latched onto a long ball before volleying past Jensen soon after.

It was more early domination from Fleetwood as Phoenix Patterson showed his skills to Michael Nottingham - who turned 36 yesterday – in the 14th minute, beat him and unfortunately saw his effort on goal deflect out for a corner.

The home side then started to build their way into the game around the 20-minute mark as Aaron Pressley nodded a corner just past the far post before Liam Coyle’s eyes lit up 20 yards out, but his drilled effort flew wide of the mark for the hosts.

Town would have felt that they should have added a second a half-hour in as Marriott saw his effort, assisted by Carl Johnston, deflect just wide of the near post and, from the resulting corner, Stockley had his header, unluckily, come off the top of the crossbar and go out.

It was two 35 minutes in as Marriott did brilliantly to keep the ball in on the left wing, then outmuscle Tommy Leigh midway through the half. With Stockley being an option, he decided to go himself and it turned out to be a good decision as he powered his strike into the bottom right.

The last bit of key action in the first half was a big one for the hosts as Coyle saw red in added time, lashing out a horror tackle on Johnston just outside Town’s area, going over the ball, leaving the referee no choice but to send off the number six.

Marriott wasn’t done with his brace as, after the break, he stormed through on goal at the hour-mark, one-on-one, but saw his shot deflect back off the post. Luckily, Stockley was there to play the rebound back across the goal to Omochere who slotted home from close range to make it 3-0.

Accrington didn’t bow down to the pressure though as they pulled their way back into the game as a scrappy goal from Nottingham put the deficit back to just two, and Leigh fired an effort from the edge of the box with 10 minutes to go, which found the bottom left corner of the goal.

The ending was made for Hollywood as both Patterson and Marriott found the back of the net in added time to make it a much more comfortable end to the day as Scott Brown’s side walked away from East Lancashire with all three points and smiles on their faces!

Accy XI: Jensen (GK), Clark, Hamilton, Coyle, Whalley (Adedoyin 46’), Leigh, McConville (C) (Martin 46’), Nottingham, Rodgers, Pressley, Tharme (Sangare 42’).

Unused subs: Savin (GK), Lowe, Nolan, Butler-Oyedeji.

Town XI: Lynch (GK), Wiredu, Vela (C), Stockley, Robertson (Warrington 74’), Marriott, Omochere (Nsiala 74’), Patterson, Rooney, Johnston (Brown 90+4’), Earl.

Unused subs: McMullan (GK), Quitirna, Batty, White.

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