Jennings nets two as Tranmere beat high-flying Notts County

Tranmere hosted Notts County on New Year’s Day in their latest game of the League 2 season.

Match Report: Tranmere Rovers v Notts County

Tranmere Rovers 4v2 Notts County
Morris (5′)
Jennings (44′, 90’+3 pen)
Saunders (56′)
GoalsNemane (24′)
Langstaff (29′)
Jennings (5′)
O’Connor (44′)
AssistsJones (24′)
Crowley (29′)
HT 2-2

Tranmere Rovers kicked off 2024 with an impressive 4-2 victory over high-flying Notts County, securing their fourth consecutive league win.

The home team seized an early lead when Kieron Morris volleyed past Aidan Stone from 15 yards. However, the Magpies equalized with Aaron Nemane at 24 minutes.

Five minutes later, Macauley Langstaff fired past Luke McGee, giving County the lead. Yet, Rovers swiftly responded through Connor Jennings just before the conclusion of the first half.

The second half witnessed goals from Harvey Saunders and Jennings, the latter from a penalty, securing the points and propelling Tranmere to 15th place in League Two.

The home team swiftly took control as Morris intercepted the ball in the middle of the box, setting up Rob Apter. However, Apter’s cross was obstructed and cleared.

Tranmere surged forward once again, securing an early lead. James Norris delivered a cross that Jennings knocked down. His shot deflected to Morris, who volleyed past Aidan Stone from just inside the penalty area.

With one goal in the bag, the hosts eagerly pursued a second and came close. Morris turned provider, delivering a cross for Jennings at the back post, but his header narrowly missed the target.

Despite Notts County having a fair share of possession in the first half, Tranmere continued to create opportunities. Apter’s cross to Harvey Saunders didn’t result in a goal, as the forward couldn’t quite direct his header towards the target.

The away team came close to equalizing at 20 minutes when a left-sided cross found David McGoldrick in plenty of space, but his attempt across the goal went wide.

Tranmere quickly responded, with Tom Davies attempting an acrobatic effort from a corner, only to see it headed clear.

Goalkeeper McGee made a crucial save, pushing behind a powerful shot from Jodi Jones as the visitors started to find their rhythm. The Magpies then drew level from the ensuing corner, with Nemane tapping in at the back post after a well-delivered cross from the left.

Buoyed by this, County took the lead just before the half-hour mark. Dan Crowley provided an inch-perfect ball for Langstaff to slide in and guide into the net.

A third goal was nearly within reach as John Bostock eluded defenders in the box and headed over from Crowley’s free kick. Langstaff then attempted to increase his tally from distance, but McGee made a crucial save.

However, Tranmere managed to equalize just before the halftime whistle. Lee O’Connor delivered an outstanding ball from the right, finding Jennings who got ahead of his defender to tap it home.

The home team’s momentum persisted after the break, causing trouble down the right as Apter won a corner that was subsequently cleared.

In a hard-fought battle, both sides aimed to reclaim the lead. Jones struck the top of the crossbar with a 20-yard free kick. Eventually, Rovers found the goal they sought, with Saunders tapping home from close range after Apter’s shot was parried into his path.

A prime opportunity to secure a comfortable lead slipped away moments later when Regan Hendry was fouled in the box, earning a penalty. Jennings aimed left, but Stone delivered a remarkable save to deny the spot-kick.

The subsequent 15 minutes proved to be the least eventful period in an otherwise frenetic football game. McGoldrick managed to connect with a delivery in the box, but it looped into the arms of McGee.

Kyle Cameron took a chance from a distance, with his shot deflecting kindly to the Rovers goalkeeper. County advanced the ball once more, and Aden Baldwin found himself one-on-one but scuffed his first-time effort.

Manager Nigel Adkins was sent to the stands by referee Ollie Yates as the clock reached 85, and the noise in Prenton Park intensified. His fired-up team pushed for a fourth goal.

Jennings earned his second chance from the spot after Apter was brought down in the box by goalkeeper Stone. This time, he made no mistake, confidently slamming home to secure the points.

Tranmere visit Barrow on 6 January for their next game of the 2023/24 League Two season.

Match Highlights

Gallery

Credit: Tony Coombes/TRFC

Fans’ X/Twitter Reaction

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Post Match Interview

Line-ups

Tranmere Rovers – Formation 4-4-2
1 Luke McGee GK
2 Lee O’Connor DF
26 James Norris DF
5 Tom Davies (C) DF
6 Jordan Turnbull DF
23 Reece McAlear MF
25 Robert Apter MF
8 Regan Hendry MF
7 Kieron Morris MF
19 Harvey Saunders FW
18 Connor Jennings FW

Substitutes
13 Joe Murphy SUB
24 Dan Pike SUB
21 Josef Yarney SUB
11 Josh Hawkes SUB
22 Paul Lewis SUB
16 Chris Merrie SUB
12 Charlie Jolley SUB

Manager
Nigel Adkins

Match Officials
Referee:
Ollie Yates
Assistants: Ollie Williams and Joe Simpson
Fourth official: Michael Crusham

Notts County – Formation 3-3-3-1
26 Aidan Stone GK
4 Kyle Cameron (C) DF
15 Aden Baldwin DF
2 Richard Brindley DF
7 Daniel Crowley MF
8 Sam Austin MF
17 David McGoldrick MF
16 John Bostock MF
9 Macaulay Langstaff FW
11 Aaron Nemane FW
10 Jodi Jones FW

Substitutes
12 Tiernan Brooks SUB
21 Tobi Adebayo-Rowling SUB
28 Lewis Macari SUB
25 Lucien Mahovo SUB
5 Connell Rawlinson SUB
6 Jim O’Brien SUB
43 James Sanderson SUB

Manager
Luke Williams

Attendance: 7828

League 2 season attendance

2023/24 Total home attendance82672
2023/24 Total away attendance70745
2023/24 Total H&A attendance153417
2023/24 Average home attendance6359
2023/24 Average away attendance5442
2023/24 Average H&A attendance5901

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