Disappointment for Tranmere in final game of season

Tranmere visited Accrington Stanley on Saturday afternoon in their final game of the League 2 season.

Ahead of the match, Nigel Adkins said, “We want to put a team out on Saturday against Accrington Stanley to compete, to try and win the game of football, and obviously the travelling supporters to see the players trying to do the best they can to win for Tranmere Rovers Football Club and have that engagement, put a closure on this season, and then get ourselves ready as we move forward for next year.”

Match Report: Accrington Stanley v Tranmere Rovers

Accrington Stanley 4v1 Tranmere Rovers
Shipley (4′)
Nolan (51′ pen, 82′ pen)
Henderson (53′)
GoalsNorris (2′)
Nolan (4′)
Whalley (53′)
AssistsHendry (2′)
HT 1-1

Tranmere Rovers suffered a 4-1 loss against Accrington Stanley in their last match of the 2023/24 season.

Rovers secured an early advantage within two minutes as Rob Apter earned a free kick near the edge of the penalty area. Regan Hendry set up Luke Norris, who powerfully struck the ball past Radek Vitek.

However, Accrington swiftly responded just two minutes later, with Lewis Shipley finding the net from a corner.

Following the intense start, the pace of the game slowed down, with Rovers managing to limit Accrington to long-range attempts during the first half.

Twenty minutes into the match, Rob Apter created space for a shot inside the penalty area but unfortunately, his attempt sailed over the crossbar.

With eleven minutes remaining until half time, Vitek had to intervene, tipping the ball behind as Regan Hendry aimed for the bottom corner from outside the box.

Hendry tried his luck again from a distance three minutes before half time, following a chest control from Luke Norris, but his shot went high over the bar.

Shortly after, Shaun Whalley’s volley was deflected out for a corner, and Ben Hockenhull blocked another Accrington effort just before halftime, ensuring the teams went into the break level.

Five minutes into the second half, Accrington were awarded a penalty following a handball by Apter. Nolan successfully converted, giving the hosts the lead.

Just two minutes after the penalty, Accrington extended their lead to 3-1 with a goal from Alex Henderson.

As the game reached the hour mark, Whalley attempted another shot from outside the box, but it narrowly missed the target.

With nine minutes remaining, Accrington were awarded another penalty, which Nolan once again converted, sealing the score at 4-1, which remained until the final whistle.

Match Highlights

Gallery

Credit: Tony Coombes/TRFC

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Post Match Interview

Line-ups

Accrington Stanley – Formation 4-2-3-1
21 Radek Vítek GK
38 Connor O’Brien DF
2 Lewis Shipley DF
5 Brad Hills DF
16 Joseph Gubbins DF
6 Liam Coyle MF
17 Jack Nolan MF
28 Seamus Conneely (C) MF
30 Alex Henderson MF
7 Shaun Whalley MF
18 Tommy Leigh FW

Substitutes
1 Toby Savin SUB
22 Dan Martin SUB
10 Joe Pritchard SUB
12 Sebastian Quirk SUB
8 Benjamin Woods SUB
9 Matt Lowe SUB
39 Josh Woods SUB

Manager
John Doolan

Match Officials
Referee:
Martin Woods
Assistants: Alex Gray and Ivan Stankovic
Fourth official: Karl Buckley

Tranmere Rovers – Formation 4-4-2
1 Luke McGee GK
2 Lee O’Connor DF
26 James Norris DF
15 Ben Hockenhull DF
30 Jean Belehouan DF
8 Regan Hendry MF
25 Robert Apter MF
16 Chris Merrie MF
19 Harvey Saunders MF
18 Connor Jennings (C) FW
9 Luke Norris FW

Substitutes
13 Joe Murphy SUB
5 Tom Davies SUB
27 Connor Wood SUB
11 Josh Hawkes SUB
23 Reece McAlear SUB
14 Kristian Dennis SUB
20 Samuel Taylor SUB

Manager
Nigel Adkins

Attendance: 3361

League 2 season attendance

2023/24 Total home attendance144969
2023/24 Total away attendance141646
2023/24 Total H&A attendance286615
2023/24 Average home attendance6303
2023/24 Average away attendance6159
2023/24 Average H&A attendance6231

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