Tranmere bag two in victory over Colchester

Tranmere played host to Colchester United this afternoon for a 3pm kick-off in their latest fixture in the 2022/23 League Two season.

Ahead of the game, Micky Mellon said, “The players are obviously buoyed by Wednesday but what we need to do now is take the energy from that and the standards from that and find the consistency, that’s the next stage for these young players now.

“I said to the players that they’ve been outed now. Everybody knows what you’re capable of and you need to hit the same intensity again. They can live with that intensity for the whole game because they did it on Wednesday and finished the game very strongly. If we hit those intensities, we should be performing all or most of the time.

“We have to be fair on the players and I’d never ask them to do things that I know they’re not capable of doing. We now have a level that we can measure against and we’ll remind the players of that. 

Match Report: Tranmere Rovers v Colchester United

Tranmere Rovers 2 v 0 Colchester United
Hawkes (4′)
Burton (83′)
Hemmings (4′)
Lewis (83′)
HT 1-0

Tranmere secured their second League Two win of the season with two goals against Colchester in an otherwise uneventful game.

Rovers came off the starting blocks in fine form and with just four minutes on the clock at Prenton Park, they took the lead through a Josh Hawkes goal.

Josh Hawkes made his left footed shot from the centre of the box count when if found the bottom right corner, assisted by a Kane Hemmings cross.

Less than 10 minutes later, Colchester keeper, Kieran O’Hara, failed to control Reece McAlear’s low, long-range shot, but there were no other Tranmere players bear by to scoop up another goal.

Colchester came close to equalising in the 43rd minute but Neill Byrne produced a fantastic block of Frank Nouble’s shot from the six-yard box.

Tranmere retained the one-goal advantage as the half time whistle blew.

Rovers started the second half with plenty of enthusiasm, but this soon dwindled and most of the remainder of the game was, to be blunt, a bit dull.

However, Tranmere secured the victory and three points when sub Jake Burton made his header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner count, having been on the pitch for less than three minutes.

Tranmere visit Leyton Orient in the next game of the League Two season on Saturday 3 September.


Credit: Tony Coombes
Credit: Tony Coombes
Credit: Tony Coombes
Credit: Tony Coombes
Credit: Tony Coombes
Credit: Tony Coombes
Credit: Tony Coombes
Credit: Richard Ault

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Tranmere Rovers – Formation 4-4-2
1 Ross Doohan GK
2 Josh Dacres-Cogley DF
3 Ethan Bristow DF
14 Jordan Turnbull DF
19 Neill Byrne DF
8 Reece McAlear MF
4 Lee O’Connor MF
16 Jon Nolan MF
11 Josh Hawkes MF
20 Elliott Nevitt FW
10 Kane Hemmings (C) FW

23 Mateusz Hewelt SUB
15 Ben Hockenhull SUB
29 Max Fisher SUB
17 Rhys Hughes SUB
22 Paul Lewis SUB
6 Chris Merrie SUB
27 Jake Burton SUB

Micky Mellon

Match Officials
Rebecca Welsh
Assistants: Oliver Bickle and Nik Barnard
Fourth official: Matthew Parry

Colchester United – Formation 4-2-3-1
13 Kieran O’Hara GK
22 Junior Tchamadeu DF
3 Ryan Clampin DF
4 Luke Chambers (C) DF
6 Tom Dallison DF
33 Marley Marshall Miranda MF
19 Alex Newby MF
8 Cole Skuse MF
14 Noah Chilvers MF
45 Frank Nouble MF
11 Freddie Sears FW

1 Sam Hornby SUB
27 Cameron Coxe SUB
35 Billy Cracknell SUB
23 Daniel Chesters SUB
7 Luke Hannant SUB
20 Charlie Owens SUB
24 John Akinde SUB

Wayne Brown

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