Poor Tranmere defeated at Stevenage

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

Ahead of the game, reflecting on Monday’s victory over Exeter, Micky Mellon said, “It was a big win for us, any wins at this time of the season are huge because you’re coming to the end of the season and you know the value of the victory the closer you get to the end of it. 

“It was huge and it should be from game 1 to game 46, every game for Tranmere should be a must win. So I didn’t think it was any more important than any other ones but certainly you saw the value you in the way we celebrated it, because you see the size of the prize the closer you get to the end of the season.

“Obviously against a team like Exeter who have been riding very high and would’ve probably gone top, it’s a good shot in the arm for everybody. 

Match Report: Stevenage v Tranmere Rovers

Stevenage 2 v 0 Tranmere Rovers
Norris (23′ pen, 67′)Goals
Coker (67′)Assists
HT 1-0

Tranmere’s performance at Stevenage was a major disappointment for the travelling fans, but no real surprise given the team’s away form.

Two goals from Luke Norris, one each side of half time, were enough to seal victory for Stevenage and all-but secure their League Two survival.

After a quiet opening quarter, Stevenage opened the scoring at 23 minutes. Josh Hawkes’ outstretched arm was hit by the ball from a cross from Luther James-Wildin. Luke Norris firmly netted the resulting penalty into the top right corner past Ross Doohan.

Tranmere stepped up a gear after the break and were the livelier of the two sides. However, Rovers rarely threatened and there were continual Stevenage attempts at goal.

Norris doubled the Stevenage lead at 67 minutes, with a no-frills header header from the centre of the box to the top left corner from a perfect Ben Coker cross.

Tranmere’s away from has been dreadful all season and this performance was no different.

Tranmere host Oldham Athletic for a 3pm kick-off on Saturday 30 April in their next League 2 fixture.

Stevenage – Formation 4-3-3
1 Christy Pym GK
2 Luther Wildin DF
3 Ben Coker DF
5 Scott Cuthbert (C) DF
15 Terence Vancooten DF
39 Michael Bostwick MF
8 Jake Taylor MF
19 Arthur Read MF
9 Luke Norris 23‎’‎ FW
20 Jamie Reid 55‎’‎ FW
7 Elliott List FW

37 Laurie Walker SUB
27 Bradley Barry SUB
6 Luke Prosser SUB
14 Chris Lines SUB
16 Ed Upson SUB
12 Bruno Andrade SUB
17 James Daly SUB

Steve Evans

Match Officials
Keith Stroud
Assistants: Robert Hyde and Sam Lewis
Fourth official: James Oldham

Tranmere Rovers – Formation 4-4-2
25 Ross Doohan GK
2 Josh Dacres-Cogley DF
6 Chris Merrie DF
17 Sam Foley DF
26 Peter Clarke (C) DF
22 Lee O’Connor MF
14 Callum McManaman MF
19 Lewis Warrington MF
15 Josh Hawkes MF
10 Kane Hemmings FW
20 Elliott Nevitt FW

30 Ben Jones SUB
24 Kyle Hayde SUB
8 Jay Spearing SUB
12 Charlie Jolley SUB
18 Nicky Maynard SUB
21 Joshua McPake SUB

Micky Mellon

Attendance: 2969

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