Saunders secures win for Tranmere over Swindon

Tranmere hosted Swindon Town today in their latest fixture in the 2022/23 League Two season.

Match Report: Tranmere Rovers v Swindon Town

Tranmere Rovers 1 v 0 Swindon Town
Saunders (22′)Goals
Hawkes (22′)Assists
HT 1-0

Tranmere Rovers’ victory over Swindon Town on Easter Monday was sealed by Harvey Saunders’ first-half strike, which proved to be the decisive goal in their 1-0 win at Prenton Park.

Scoring his second goal for Tranmere Rovers, Saunders secured three valuable points for Ian Dawes’ team.

A minute’s silence was impeccably observed before kick-off to honor the memory of the Liverpool supporters who tragically lost their lives in the Hillsborough disaster on 15 April 1989.

Inside the first two minutes of the game, Rovers had their first opportunity as Josh Hawkes headed Regan Hendry’s cross wide of the target. Later, Hawkes played a role again by passing the ball to team captain Kane Hemmings, who turned and fired a shot in the box, but Fraser Blake-Tracy cleared it off the line for a corner.

Tranmere took the lead in the 22nd minute when Mateusz Hewelt’s long kick up-field was misjudged by Swindon defender Tom Brewitt on the edge of the box, allowing Harvey Saunders to seize possession.

Saunders then moved play out wide to Kane Hemmings, who set Josh Hawkes free to cross the ball into the box. Rovers’ number 26 was in the right position to shoot the ball right-footed beyond goalkeeper Solomon Brynn from close-range and secure the goal for Tranmere.

At the start of the second half, Williams took a shot from distance that required Hewelt to palm it out, but it fell straight to the feet of Shade, who missed the rebound, shooting it high and wide of the goal.

Tranmere almost scored their second goal with some fine passing play. Tom Davies intercepted the ball and made a driving run forward. A clever one-two pass between Kane Hemmings and Regan Hendry gave Josh Hawkes enough space to go one-on-one with Brynn, but unfortunately, the winger dragged his attempt wide of the target.

Tranmere had a moment of anxiety when Remeao Hutton made a strong run that got the better of Josh Hawkes in a dangerous position. Hutton then delivered a cross which was cleared off the line with an excellent defensive play by Tom Davies, and the ball was quickly gathered by Mateusz Hewelt in goal.

Tranmere managed to hold on and secure their first victory in seven matches, while Swindon Town extended their winless streak to eight games.

Tranmere visit Crawley Town for a 3pm kick off on Saturday 15 April in their next game of the 2022/23 League Two season.

Match Highlights


Credit: Tony Coombes

Fans’ Twitter Reaction

Post Match Interview


Tranmere Rovers – Formation 4-4-2
23 Mateusz Hewelt GK
2 Josh Dacres-Cogley DF
3 Ethan Bristow DF
5 Tom Davies DF
14 Jordan Turnbull DF
24 Regan Hendry MF
19 Logan Chalmers MF
4 Lee O’Connor MF
11 Josh Hawkes MF
26 Harvey Saunders FW
10 Kane Hemmings (C) FW
34 Florent Hoti SUB
17 Rhys Hughes SUB
33 Jay Turner-Cook SUB
27 Jake Burton SUB
25 Joel Mumbongo SUB
32 Samuel Taylor SUB

Ian Dawes

Match Officials
Andrew Kitchen
Assistants: Hristo Karaivanov and Richard Woodward
Fourth official: Marvyn Amphlett

Swindon Town – Formation 4-3-3
1 Solomon Brynn GK
22 Marcel Lavinier DF
7 Joseph Tomlinson DF
12 Tom Brewitt DF
20 Frazer Blake-Tracy (C) DF
5 George McEachran MF
23 Saidou Khan MF
8 Jonathan Williams MF
24 Jacob Wakeling FW
28 Tyrese Shade FW
19 Rushian Hepburn-Murphy FW
25 Conor Brann SUB
4 Thomas Clayton SUB
2 Remeao Hutton SUB
16 Jake Cain SUB
10 Ronan Darcy SUB
21 Dylan Kadji SUB
15 Luke Jephcott SUB

Jody Morris

Attendance: 5654

League Table

League 2 season attendance

06/08/2022Mansfield Town7128
16/08/2022Hartlepool Utd4072
20/08/2022Newport County4070
27/08/2022Colchester Utd5041
03/09/2022Leyton Orient6578
13/09/2022Bradford City5864
17/09/2022Salford City3175
08/10/2022Sutton Utd3007
14/10/2022Crewe Alexandra8001
22/10/2022Harrogate Town2316
01/11/2022Stockport County6800
12/11/2022Swindon Town9425
19/11/2022AFC Wimbledon6010
03/12/2022Northampton Town5,601
10/12/2022Grimsby Town5134
01/01/2023Crewe Alexandra5349
07/01/2023Sutton United5368
28/01/2023Leyton Orient5946
04/02/2023Stockport County10231
07/02/2023Doncaster Rovers5775
11/02/2023Salford City6516
14/02/2023Bradford City15482
18/02/2023Mansfield Town6282
28/02/2023Crawley Town5104
04/03/2023Hartlepool United6320
18/03/2023Newport County5496
25/03/2023Colchester United3420
31/03/2023Harrogate Town5861
07/04/2023Carlisle United13410
10/04/2023Swindon Town5654
2022/23 Total home attendance127289
2022/23 Total away attendance122750
2022/23 Total attendance (Home & Away)250039
2022/23 Average home attendance6061
2022/23 Average away attendance6138
2022/23 Total average attendance6099

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