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League 2 action from Fleetwood Town v Barnet.'Jamie Milligan delivers the perfect cross for Tom Barkhuizen to glance in Fleetwood's winning goal (see next pic).  PIC BY ROB LOCK'29-9-2012
League 2 action from Fleetwood Town v Barnet.'Jamie Milligan delivers the perfect cross for Tom Barkhuizen to glance in Fleetwood's winning goal (see next pic). PIC BY ROB LOCK'29-9-2012
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DAVID Ball’s header handed Graham Alexander his first victory as Fleetwood Town boss – 1-0 winners over Lancashire rivals Morecambe.

Both sides had struggled to create chances in the opening 45 minutes despite Fleetwood dominating proceedings – David 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 – the goal gaping Brown somehow firing over the bar.

Former Fleetwood man Richard Brodie created the visitors’ best chance just after the break, beating Rob Atkinson but shooting well wide.