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Morecambe 1-4 Notts

Grant and Alessandra at the double

26 December 2017

Jorge Grant and Lewis Alessandra both scored twice as Notts County beat Morecambe 4-1 at the Globe Arena.

The pair took it in turns, Grant scoring first and third and Alessandra compounding the hosts' misery on both occasions as the Magpies ran riot on the Fylde coast.

Callum Lang scored a sumptuous consolation for Jim Bentley's men but it wasn't to ruin Notts' Christmas spirit as they ended Boxing Day seven points clear of fourth-placed Wycombe and 10 points ahead of Mansfield Town in eighth.

Kevin Nolan made four changes from the team that started the 3-3 draw against Cambridge United last Saturday as Matt Tootle, Carl Dickinson, Terry Hawkridge and Shola Ameobi made way for Nicky Hunt, Dan Jones, Liam Walker and Lewis Alessandra.

After a cagey opening at the Globe Arena, Notts took the lead in the 13th minute.

The lively Alessandra pounced on a sloppy pass at the back before putting in a low cross which was swept home at the first attempt by Grant for his 15th goal of a productive season.

Andrew Fleming flashed a shot into Ross Fitzsimons's side-netting for the Shrimps but the Magpies would soon double their lead as Alessandra went from provider to scorer.

The attacker slammed a crisp effort beyond Barry Roche from 12 yards for his second goal in as many games after Morecambe failed to clear their lines from a Notts free-kick.

Former Magpie Garry Thompson saw a header easily held by Fitzsimons and Fleming again fired wide from distance as Jim Bentley's side searched for a route back into the game.

They twice came close to finding one as the half neared its conclusion, Elliott Osborne bending a shot just wide of the top corner before Adam Campbell turned the ball over at the near post with a first-time finish.

Notts ended the half with their clean sheet in tact, however, and the sides exchanged tentative blows in pursuit of the game's next goal after the restart. Ryan Yates came closest on 56 minutes, seeing his powerful header brilliantly kept out low down by Morecambe keeper Barry Roche.

Campbell had another opportunity to halve the deficit shortly afterwards following a move involving Thompson and Vadaine Oliver. The former Newcastle man could only fire the ball over.

And that missed opportunity was to prove costly as, moments later, Notts pulled further away from their hosts when Grant made it three.

It came after the visitors capitalised once more on their hosts' sloppy play, Elliott Hewitt stealing possession and playing the ball to Stead, who in turn threaded a pass through for Grant. The loanee did brilliantly to squeeze the ball beyond Roche from a tight angle to bag his second of the day.

Nolan's first change saw Stead and Richard Duffy make way for Alan Smith and Callum Saunders in a move which prompted Hewitt to slot in alongside Shaun Brisley at centre back.

And the switch did nothing to disrupt Notts' flow as they made it four following a sustained spell of pressure, Alessandra seeing an initial shot saved before converting the rebound.

Pierce Bird was then handed his league debut, replacing Brisley, before Notts pressed for a fifth, Yates lashing over from close range.

A clean sheet would have been the perfect late Christmas present but Morecambe substitute Lang had other plans, curling a beauty into the top corner to put the smallest of dents in Notts' day.

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Ticket News

Tickets: Morecambe (A)

26 December 2017

Tickets are on general sale for Notts County's Sky Bet League Two trip to Morecambe on Tuesday 26 December (3pm).

Notts have received an initial allocation of 300 unreserved covered seat tickets located along the side of the pitch in The PMG Stand and 300 covered terrace tickets located behind the goal in the Bay Radio Stand.

Tickets can no longer be posted for this fixture. Supporters will, however, be available to buy at the turnstiles at no matchday increase.

Advance sales will be available until 5.30pm on Saturday 23 December (post-Cambridge United). After this time, any remaining tickets will be returned to Morecambe to be sold on the day.

Tickets purchased through Notts' ticket office are priced:

Seating

Adult: £21
65 and over: £17
18-22: £15
Under 18: £6
Under 11: Free*

Terrace

Adult: £17
65 and over: £14
18-22: £10
Under 18: £5
Under 11: Free*

*One free of charge under 11 available with each paying adult/senior. More than one child in this age group would then have to pay the under 18 ticket price.

Tickets can be purchased in person at the ticket office or by calling 0115 955 7210. Tickets for away fixtures are not currently available online.

It is essential supporters provide their customer number/postcode when purchasing away tickets.

Disabled supporters

In line with Morecambe's policy, tickets for supporters with a disability and their personal assistants are available to those who receive the middle or higher rate of Living Allowance or equivalent.

Ambulant disabled supporters should obtain tickets in advance from Notts County. They are priced at the concessionary price for the disabled supporter with a personal assistant ticket issued free of charge. Ambulant disabled supporters will be allocated tickets from the main allocation.

Wheelchair disabled supporters are required to purchase tickets in advance from Notts County. They are priced at the concessionary price for the disabled supporter with a personal assistant ticket issued free of charge. Notts have been allocated six pairs of tickets.

Official away travel

Official away travel will depart from near the club shop on Meadow Lane at 10am.

Prices are as follows:
General adult/senior: £23
General under 18: £14
Season Ticket Holder/Lifeline Member adult/senior: £22
Season Ticket Holder/Lifeline Member under 18: £13

The club shop will be open bertween 10am - 2pm on Christmas Eve should any supporter wish to book at late notice.

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