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Reserves sign off in style

30 April 2019

Match Reports

Reserves sign off in style

30 April 2019

Notts County Reserves recorded a 4-0 win over Morecambe in their final fixture of the season.

A Kion Etete hat-trick was added to by his strike partner Remaye Campbell as the Magpies closed 2018-19 with a comprehensive victory.

In his last fixture in charge of Notts' reserve side, Steve Chettle changed shape from recent weeks - opting for a 3-5-2 with Dan Jones and Christian Oxlade-Chamberlain lining up either side of Elliott Ward across the backline.

That meant Cedric Evina and Sam Osborne were given wing-back duties to flank a central midfield trio that featured the returning Noor Husin. 

The Magpies dominated the opening exchanges and Shrimps keeper Danny Lloyd was called into action in the third minute to palm away Will Patching's free-kick following a sustained period of pressure.

As Notts' control of the opening quarter of an hour continued, the former Manchester City man almost recorded an assist with the next chance of note, when his cross from the left had Campbell at full stretch to meet it with a header - the striker couldn't direct the ball goalwards.

That proved to be only a brief reprieve, however, as Notts took the lead on 14 minutes when Osborne was given plenty of time on the right wing to deliver an inch-perfect cross for Etete to power home from 10 yards out. 

The Shrimps looked for an immediate response through Amilcor Codjoui-Djau but, after latching on to a ball over the top, his attempted lob looped way over the crossbar. 

Two corners in quick succession presented great openings for Notts to double their lead but Ward could only find the side netting when the set piece dropped kindly for him, before Patching fired wide after controlling the ball in space.

Max Culverwell easily held Lewis Doyle's shot from the edge of the box on 28 minutes, before Campbell sliced wide at the other end and Etete had an effort well blocked as both sides squandered opportunities.

With 33 on the clock, Morecambe went within a whisker of levelling things when Codjoui-Djau's shot was deflected inches past Culverwell's right post. Abimola Obajoto sent a looping effort over the bar following the resulant corner. 

Inside the last five minutes of the opening period, Notts and Etete doubled their tally when Jones charged forward from left centre half before sending an inviting ball over for the striker, which he confidently headed home once again. 

Luke Duffy dragged an effort wide for the Shrimps in the last minute of first-half action and the sides returned to their dressing rooms with the Magpies good value for their lead.

The interval did little to disrupt Notts' control of proceedings and a flurry of corners inside the opening five minutes of the second period put their visitors under pressure - but they didn't pay dividends with Osborne heading the best opportunity over at the near post.

The Magpies were dominating and should have had a third with 52 on the clock. Patching picked out Evina's overlapping run and his cut-back was perfect for Etete but he missed his kick completely from the penalty spot.

Just after the hour, Patching went close when he showed great control to bring the ball down on the edge of the area and loop it over his man before volleying just wide of Lloyd's right-hand post. 

That chance sparked Morecambe into life and Culverwell was in fine form to preserve his clean sheet on two occasions.

First he raced out to meet Codjoui-Djau and make an excellent one-on-one save after the striker was picked out with a lovely floated ball over the top from left back Josh Williams.

Seconds later, substitute Freddie Price drove down the right wing to cross for Obajoto at the back post, who nodded back across goal for Duffy. He must have thought he'd halved the deficit when he headed towards the target but Culverwell made a point-blank save to keep it out. 

Lloyd benefitted from a lucky ricochet after rushing out to meet Etete with a sliding challenge before Williams sent an effort way wide under pressure at the other end.

On 71 minutes, Osborne danced through a few challenges on the edge of the area before curling a shot at goal, which the Shrimps stopper pushed behind. Ward twice had efforts blocked by Tom Moore from the resultant corner. 

And, within two minutes, Notts had the third their performance deserved. Patching picked out Campbell with a wonderful pass into the box and the striker showed great control to bring the ball down before sliding under the onrushing Lloyd. 

Patching was involved again when he worked a short corner with Husin which gave Jones an excellent shooting opportunity, but he blazed over as the game entered its final 10 minutes. 

Culvewell made a comfortable save from Obajoto and Oxlade-Chamberlain blocked Duffy's shot on the line as Morecambe chased a consolation goal - but Notts were next to find the back of the net.

Patching's perfectly-weighted through ball put Etete in behind on 85 minutes and he confidently rolled the ball home to complete his hat-trick in the last notable action of the afternoon.

Notts: Culverwell, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ward (Betts 79'), Jones, Osborne, Husin, Patching, Dunn (C), Evina, Campbell, Etete.

Subs not used: Brooks, Kennedy-Williams, Bucalossi, Marshall.

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