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Monday, 28 August, 2000, 14:17 GMT 15:17 UK
Morecambe 4-2 Nuneaton
Morecambe turned on the style as they crushed Nuneaton 4-2 in an entertaining Nationwide Conference clash.

Summer signing Steve Walters gave them the perfect start when he forced the Shrimps in front after 15 minutes.

Stewart Drummond started the move with a brilliant run before passing to winger Gary Thompson, whose low cross was bundled home by the impressive Walters.

Nuneaton's Marc McGregor had a great opportunity to equalise but his close-range volley was turned away by Mark Smith.

Morecambe continued to look the more confident of the two sides and Phil Eastwood unleashed an 18-yard drive which was well saved by Ryan Young.

But Young was helpless as Morecambe produced a brilliant passing move which resulted in Andy Fensome crossing for John Norman to head home the second on 32 minutes.

The pace continued in this action-packed encounter with an amazing four minute spell which brought a missed penalty and a goal.

On 69 minutes Morecambe had the chance to make it 3-0 from the penalty spot but Walters' effort was well saved by Young.

He was made to pay seconds later when Nuneaton pulled a goal back. Alex Sykes cracked his effort against Morecambe defender Jamie Murphy and the ball found its way into the back of the net.

Two minutes later it was 3-1 to Morecambe when star player Drummond rounded Young before slotting the ball into the empty net.

Morecambe were not finished and on 85 minutes young substitute Ryan-Zico Black scored his first senior goal after hammering home Drummond's low cross.

Paul McGuire's 87th-minute own goal proved a consolation effort for Nuneaton as Morecambe deservedly held on for the three points.

Morecambe: M. Smith, Fensome, Hardicker, McKearney, Murphy, Walters, Thompson, Drummond, Eastwood, Norman, Takano. Subs: Black, McGuire, Price, Rigoglioso, Banks.

Nuneaton: Young, Thackeray, Love, Crowley, Gittens, Angus, Taylor, Charles, McGregor, Brennan, B. Williams. Subs: W. Simpson, Mitchell, Sykes, King, Shoemake.

Referee: R Pollock (Liverpool)

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