Hard-earned away draw at Sutton for Tranmere

Tranmere visited Sutton United this afternoon for a 3pm kick-off in their latest game of the 2021/22 League 2 season.

Ahead of the match, Assistant Manager, Ian Dawes, said of the wins against Mansfield and Harrogate, “It’s been vital that we won those two games. If you look at how tight it is at the moment there are no second chances now, you’ve got to win your games, if you don’t win your games you can’t look around hoping for results to go your way. We’ve got to win now and take care of our own business.”

Looking to the clash against Sutton, he continued, “I think all the games in this league are different, I think if you look at the teams we are playing against the variety in the styles of play is contrasting, even if you look at Sutton moving towards them on Saturday.

“Sutton will be a completely different game again from the last two, you’ve got to be adaptable in this league and you’ve got to be able to go and beat whoever is put in front of you and the style of play that is put in front of you. 

“It’s not easy, that’s why it takes the best to get promoted.”


Match Report: Sutton United v Tranmere Rovers

Sutton United 1 v 1 Tranmere Rovers
Goodliffe (15′)GoalsHawkes (68′)
Boldewijn (15′)AssistsO’Connor (68′)

Tranmere pegged a goal back to hold Sutton to a 1-1 draw today, away at Gander Green Lane.

Sutton took the lead on 15 minutes through defender Ben Goodliffe assisted by Enzio Boldewijn. Goodliffe’s head met a cross from Boldewijn following a corner and the ball found itself in the bottom left corner of Joe Murphy’s net. 

During the first half, Tranmere were not finding much in the way of a way towards the Sutton goal. By half time, Sutton had nine shots on goal, compared to a single effort from Rovers.

However, the half time team talk appeared to pep the team up and by the end of the game, Tranmere had 14 shots on goal compared to 13 for United.

Just before half time, Joe Murphy denied Sutton a second goal when he made a great save from a shot from the left side by Omar Bugiel.

Josh Hawkes levelled the scoreline at 68 minutes when his left-footed shot found the top left corner of Dean Bouzanis’ goal, marking his fifth goal of the season.

Tranmere are now three games without a defeat and sit at fifth in the table.

Tranmere visit Colchester United for a 3pm kick-off on Saturday 26 March in their next League 2 fixture.

Colchester United – Formation 4-4-2
1 Dean Bouzanis GK
22 Joe Kizzi DF
3 Ben Wyatt DF
5 Ben Goodliffe 15‎’‎ DF
4 Coby Rowe DF
18 Adam Lovatt MF
7 David Ajiboye MF
15 Craig Eastmond (C) MF
20 Enzio Boldewijn MF
26 Richie Bennett FW
9 Omar Bugiel FW

13 Brad House SUB
12 Stuart Nelson SUB
8 Kenny Davis SUB
14 Craig Dundas SUB
19 Ricky Korboa SUB
27 Kylian Kouassi SUB

Matt Gray

Match Officials
Will Finnie
Assistants: Conor Farrell and Michael Webb
Fourth official: Stephen Brown

Tranmere Rovers – Formation 4-4-2
13 Joe Murphy GK
2 Josh Dacres-Cogley DF
3 Calum MacDonald DF
5 Tom Davies DF
26 Peter Clarke (C) DF
19 Lewis Warrington MF
21 Joshua McPake MF
22 Lee O’Connor MF
15 Josh Hawkes MF
20 Elliott Nevitt FW
10 Kane Hemmings FW

25 Ross Doohan SUB
4 Nathaniel Knight-Percival SUB
17 Sam Foley SUB
14 Callum McManaman SUB
6 Chris Merrie SUB
27 Jake Burton SUB
12 Charlie Jolley SUB

Micky Mellon

Attendance: TBC

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