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1 January 2023

Match Reports


1 January 2023

ALBION saw 2023 get off to a hugely disappointing start as they lost 5-0 away to fellow strugglers Morecambe

Both sides came into the game on the back of good wins on Thursday evening and the hosts were unbeaten in five home games but an even game turned just after the half hour mark when a loose ball in the box was forced home , Kieran Phillips adjudged to have got the final touch and crucially Albion found themselves two behind on in first half stoppage time, Jenson Weir firing home from distance. Morecambe ramped things up after the break and scored twice in the first ten minutes through substitute Caleb Watts and Phillips with his second of the game. A poor afternoon for the Brewers was capped off when Watts ran through to score his second of the game late on.

Looking to build on the two wins over the festive period Albion showed just a solitary change as Bobby Kamwa was restored to the starting line-up, Jonny Smith dropping to the bench as the team looked to start 2023 in positive fashion after a difficult 2022.

There was little in the way of chances in the early stages as both sides looked to settle but it was Albion with the first potential opening when Victor Adeboyejo found room to cut in from the left and fire in a scuffed shot that bounced wide. Albion then momentarily founds themselves down to ten men while their leading scorer received some running repairs on a cut to the chin.

Morecambe tried to capitalise on their numerical advantage and a booming cross appeared to pose no real problems until Cole Stockton got his head on it and sent it towards the far corner, John Brayford providing a timely intervention to save an almost certain goal and then getting across to block the loose ball as Stockton looked to pounce again.

Albion then had concerns about keeper Ben Garratt who looked in some discomfort but after attention from Nick Fenton was able to continue. The home side continued to press with the man extra but a corner routine worked to Ryan Cooney only resulted in a deflected shot for a corner which Albion were able to deal with and then with Kamwa causing problems in the box referee Anthony Backhouse ignored strong appeals for a Burton penalty.

Adeboyejo eventually returned after more than ten minutes off the pitch and in the dressing room sorting out his facial injury.

Morecambe got their noses in front on 32 minutes when a long clearance from Connor Ripley set Stockton on route to goal but although Tom Hamer got back to challenge him, amidst a scramble in the Burton box the ball broke loose for PHILLIPS to get the final touch as the ball, almost apologetically, trickled over the line.

Albion looked for a swift response but Hamer was unable to guide a curling effort on target as he looked for the second ball after a long throw had been cleared and worked back to him.

The Brewers were ramping up their response and the woodwork was rattled on 43 minutes by Brayford with a viciously dipping effort from the edge of the box and in a game of fine margins it was almost two for Morecambe a minute later, Stockton finding himself with a chance just outside the box and lobbing the ball inches wide of the upright.

But in first half stoppage time they had a crucial second. A long ball forward tempted Garratt to come and intercept outside his box but his challenge squirted the ball into the path of WEIR and his first time effort was straight into the unguarded net.

Deji Oshilaja had a chance to halve the arrears before the half time whistle but his placed effort from the edge of the box was just wide.




Albion needed to change something for the second half and Jonny Smith was the man the manager turned to as Corrie Ndaba failed to appear after the break. A back four seemingly the choice for the second period.

As the rain set in on the north west coast Garratt made an excellent save from Weir’s drive but from the resulting corner a mad scramble in the box saw WATTS turn the ball in. Not the start that Albion needed as they sought some sort of way back into the game.

A bad start to the half got worse on 55 minutes when another long ball over the top had PHILLIPS through and when Garratt came to engage him he knocked the ball past the Albion keeper and watched it roll into the net.

Mustapha Carayol was the second substitute that Albion turned to with more we than half an hour to go with Onyango the man to make way

A third  change saw Davis Keillor-Dunn pushed into attack in place of Kamwa but Albion almost conceded a fifth moments after the forward had come on, Watts, looking suspiciously offside, was allowed to run through but was thwarted by Garratt.

Adeboyejo found his route to goal blocked off as he tried to work a chance for himself, perhaps symptomatic of Albion’s lack of luck in the attacking third on the afternoon.

Joe Dodoo was the final change of the afternoon for the Brewers, Adrian Mariappa making way as Albion reverted to three at the back again for the remainder of the game.

WATTS added a fifth for Morecambe on 83 minutes despite being yards offside and allowed to run through right in front of the assistant referee.

Substitute Arthur Gnahoua, also clearly offside, was then allowed to race on and set Watts up for what would have been a sixth but the striker blazed over.

ALBION: Garratt; Mariappa (Dodoo, 77), Brayford, Ndaba (Smith, 46); Hamer, Taylor, Oshilaja, Borthwick-Jackson; Onyango (Carayol, 57); Adeboyejo, Kamwa (Keillor-Dunn, 69).

Substitutes: Sinisalo, Powell, Mancienne, Dodoo.


GOALS: MORECAMBE - Phillips (32, 55), Weir (45+1), Watts (51, 83)


Referee: Anthony Backhouse


Attendance: 3,972 (218 away)

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