The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Matt Bam­sey

JAYDEN Stock­ley brought back mem­o­ries of Paul Gas­coigne at Wem­b­ley 21 years ago as he got Ex­eter’s sea­son back on track.

Troy Brown put Ex­eter in front on 20 min­utes be­fore Stock­ley pro­duced a clin­i­cal fin­ish to open up a two-goal cush­ion.

Vadaine Oliver pulled one back for the Shrimps but Ex­eter’s record sign­ing Stock­ley, signed from Aberdeen for £100,000 this sum­mer, stole the show in first-half stop­page time.

Col­lect­ing Dean Moxey’s throw, the striker au­da­ciously flicked the ball over Mitchell Lund’s head be­fore send­ing a fierce vol­ley into the bot­tom corner.

It was a goal rem­i­nis­cent of Gas­coigne’s solo strike against Scot­land in Euro 96.

Dean Moxey sealed the win with an­other touch of ruth­less­ness after half-time.

But Stock­ley’s sec­ond goal was the big talk­ing point as Ex­eter bounced back from two straight de­feats to move level with Notts County at the top.

Ex­eter boss Paul Tis­dale beamed: “It was a great goal.

“It was a bit sim­i­lar to that goal. I am just glad he didn’t fall on his back and start sup­ping pseudo al­co­hol.

“Jayden had a fine game and could have had a hat-trick, but I was re­ally pleased with his over­all con­tri­bu­tion.

“I thought we were right back at it again after los­ing the last two. I don’t want to be too greedy but we could have had one or two more goals.

“But let’s not get too pleased with our­selves. We are not go­ing over the top be­cause there is still three-quar­ters of the sea­son left.”

Mor­cambe were dealt an early blow as keeper Barry Roche limped off after col­lid­ing with Reuben Reid in­side the open­ing minute.

The opener ar­rived on 20 min­utes when Lloyd James swung over a corner, Jor­dan Till­son flicked the ball on for Brown to tap home from close range.

Stock­ley dou­bled the lead four min­utes later, latch­ing on to Jake Tay­lor’s pass and plant­ing the ball in the top corner.

The Shrimps pulled a goal back in the 38th minute when Christy Pym spilled Garry Thomp­son’s shot and Oliver nipped in to slot the re­bound.

But the Gre­cians re­stored their two-goal cush­ion seven min­utes into first-half stop­page time with that stun­ning strike.

Stock­ley turned provider three min­utes after the in­ter­val, tee­ing up Moxey to steer through Dani­jel Nizic’s legs.

The crush­ing de­feat left strug­gling More­cambe with just one win in their last ten.

Man­ager Jim Bent­ley said: “We got our pants pulled down and booted out of St James Park.

“Their front two ab­so­lutely bat­tered our back four. They were su­perb and Ex­eter prob­a­bly de­served to win by more.

“You are only as good as your front men and those two were su­perb and on that ev­i­dence, I can see why Ex­eter are top.”

PIC­TURES: Pin­na­cle

RUTH­LESS: Ex­eter’s Dean Moxey cel­e­brates after seal­ing the win, and, inset, Troy Brown puts his side in front

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