HINT OF GAZZA FROM JAYDEN
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.”
RUTHLESS: Exeter’s Dean Moxey celebrates after sealing the win, and, inset, Troy Brown puts his side in front