December 26, 2012
Fleetwood having a Ball
David Ball's header handed Graham Alexander his first victory as Fleetwood boss - a 1-0 win over Lancashire rivals Morecambe.
Both sides had struggled to create chances in the opening 45 minutes despite Fleetwood dominating proceedings - Ball's penalty claim, rightly waved away by referee David Webb, the closest either side came.
The home side upped the tempo after the break and grabbed the lead following a period of sustained pressure.
Junior Brown found space down the left, his cross drifted onto the head of Ball - his effort turned back across Barry Roche in the Morecambe goal and into the net.
Fleetwood pushed for a second and could have doubled their advantage when substitute Alex Titchiner pumped in a cross from the right - Ball with a diving header which drifted wide.
Brown wasted an even better opportunity in the dying stages, Titchiner with a low cross and with the goal gaping Brown somehow firing over the bar.
Former Fleetwood man Richard Brodie created the visitors' best chance, beating Rob Atkinson but shooting well wide.
|David Ball (69')|
|1 Scott Davies||1 Barry Roche|
|3 Dean Howell||15 Chris McCready|
|13 Alan Goodall||2 Nick Fenton|
|25 Robert Atkinson||8 Andrew Wright|
|12 Junior Brown||4 Jordan Mustoe|
|2 Shaun Beesley||18 Gary McDonald|
|11 Barry Nicholson||11 Kevin Ellison|
|8 Jamie Milligan||16 Stuart Drummond|
|27 Alex Marrow||7 Izak Reid|
|19 Steven Gillespie||17 Andrew Fleming|
|26 David Ball||10 Richard Brodie|
|16 Chris Maxwell||Andres Arestidou 25|
|5 Steve McNulty||Will Haining 6|
|15 Conor McLaughlin||Robbie Threlfall 3|
|20 Damien Johnson||Chris Doyle 23|
|18 Jamie McGuire||Joe McGee 19|
|21 Jamie Allen||Lewis Alessandra 9|
|17 Alex Titchiner||Jack Redshaw 27|
|Jamie McGuire for Barry Nicholson (26)||Jack Redshaw for Izak Reid (73)|
|Alex Titchiner for Steven Gillespie (46)||Lewis Alessandra for Gary McDonald (83)|
|Damien Johnson for Jamie Milligan (89)|
|Alan Goodall (42)||Nick Fenton (82)|
|Robert Atkinson (50)|
|· Squads: Fleetwood Town | Morecambe|