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Hat-trick hero Morrell fires Wrexham to sixth in table

RAMPANT Wrexham are on fire and little striker Andy Morrell is fanning the flames.

RAMPANT Wrexham are on fire and little striker Andy Morrell is fanning the flames.

Morrell scored his first league hat-trick as Wrexham demolished Exeter City at the Racecourse last night.

Morrell struck twice in three minutes in the second half and then completed his hat-trick from the penalty spot which brought a red card for City's captain, Chris Curran.

Wrexham's stand-in skipper Darren Ferguson also scored a quality goal as the Red Dragons roared to their second success in four days.

The resurgent Wrexham went with the same side who beat Swansea City 4-0 but Exeter soon showed they also meant business.

Carlos Edwards set up Wrexham's first chance after 13 minutes with a cross from the right.

Little Jim Whitley leapt superbly to collect with a firm header, but it sailed just over.

Edwards and his Caribbean clubmate, Hector Sam then almost created something between them as Wrexham strived for an early goal and the same too also linked well again from another setpiece.

The game began to ebb and flow and Exeter will feel they should have done better midway through the first half as Wrexham got caught.

James Coppinger clipped the ball into Flack who seemed to take an eternity to get in a shot from close range and Dan Bennett came to Wrexham's rescue with a superbly timed tackle to concede a corner.

Just as the half seemed to be heading goalless, Wrexham struck twice in three blurring minutes. Morrell again showed he has an eye for goals, scoring both to rock the Devonians.

The first came after Paul Barratt's free-kick was thundered home by Morrell and then, he scored a carbon copy header of the one he scored against the Swans.

That left Exeter with a lot to do and manager, John Cornforth, the former Wales international, made two changes for the second half.

But before the substitutions could make any difference, Exeter caved in as Ferguson gave Wrexham a 3-0 lead two minutes after the re-start.


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