League Two top scorer Macauley Langstaff netted his first ever EFL hat-trick in the first half as Notts County concluded their memorable 2023 with a 5-0 triumph over Morecambe.

County dictated the tempo of the game early on and took the lead in the 10th minute courtesy of Langstaff’s penalty.

The Magpies number nine did what he does best again in the 13th minute to give the hosts a deserved 2-0 lead and his 38th league goal of 2023.

Dan Crowley arrived at the back post to head home his 10th of the season and Notts’ third of the night.

And that man Langstaff delightfully curled in his third, still with just 36 minutes on the clock.

The game resumed after half-time and within a minute County had a fifth, courtesy of the in-form Jodi Jones.

An evening that the home side dominated from start to finish, racking up a total of 75 per cent possession, ended with them fifth in the table but just four points behind the automatic promotion places. As for Morecambe, they remain 16th and winless in three.