Tranmere battle to 2-2 draw with Grimsby

Tranmere hosted Grimsby Town this afternoon in their latest game of the League 2 season.

Ahead of the game, Nigel Adkins said, “We’re coming off the back of an excellent victory and obviously we’re at home, and we’ve won the last two games at home.

“The camaraderie with the supporters, the staff, the players, is there for all to see.

“We’re all pushing in the same direction, we’re all looking over our shoulder saying to each other, ‘I’ve got your back’ I’m with you.’

“We’ve shown that resilience. Things are going to go against us. Are we going to crumble? No. We’re going to say, ‘Right, there’s the challenge, let’s get on with it, let’s keep going, let’s learn the lessons from it and we move onto the next one so I’m really looking forward to this weekend’s game against Grimsby.”

Match Report: Tranmere Rovers v Grimsby Town

Tranmere Rovers 2v2 Grimsby Town
Morris (16′)
Jennings (61′)
GoalsRose (27′)
Pyke (44′)
Saunders (16′)Assists
HT 1-2

Tranmere Rovers fought to a 2-2 draw against Grimsby Town on Saturday afternoon, with goals courtesy of Kieron Morris and Connor Jennings.

Rovers began the match with enthusiasm, executing several smooth plays in an attempt to set up Harvey Saunders for a scoring opportunity. However, Grimsby successfully defended against the early offensive.

Tranmere took the lead in the 16th minute when Connor Jennings skillfully passed the ball to Kieron Morris, who calmly slotted it past the keeper to put Rovers ahead.

Grimsby countered with a period of intense pressure, yet resilient defending by Rovers, including a crucial block by Joe Yarney, thwarted their advances.

The visitor’s persistence paid off ten minutes after Rovers’ opening goal, as Danny Rose engaged in a one-on-one duel with Luke McGee, calmly slotting the ball into the net to level the score.

Grimsby took the lead in the 44th minute when substitute Rekeil Pyke created an opening in the box, skillfully turning and firing a shot on goal, allowing the visitors to go into halftime with the lead.

Tranmere supporters were vocal in the second half, providing enthusiastic encouragement to inspire the home side’s comeback.

McGee pulled off a remarkable point-blank save against Pyke ten minutes into the second half, denying the striker who had found himself unmarked in the penalty area.

Rovers secured an equaliser slightly after the hour mark when Connor Jennings skillfully headed the ball into the net, causing the Kop to erupt in even louder celebration.

Ten minutes later, McGee delivered another outstanding save as Abo Eisa attempted to curl the ball into the bottom corner, yet the ever-reliable goalkeeper thwarted the attempt.

Rovers continued their offensive push in pursuit of a winner, with Charlie Jolley partnering Kristian Dennis up front. However, they fell just short in their quest, resulting in a share of the points.

Tranmere host Leicester City U21 in the EFL Trophy on Tuesday 10 October and visit Crewe Alexandra on Saturday 14 October for their next game of the 2023/24 League Two season.

Match Highlights


Credit: Tony Coombes

Fans’ Twitter Reaction

Post Match Interview


Tranmere Rovers – Formation 4-3-3
1 Luke McGee GK
2 Lee O’Connor DF
27 Connor Wood DF
5 Tom Davies (C) DF
21 Josef Yarney DF
8 Regan Hendry MF
18 Connor Jennings MF
7 Kieron Morris MF
14 Kristian Dennis FW
19 Harvey Saunders FW
11 Josh Hawkes FW

13 Joe Murphy SUB
26 James Norris SUB
31 Joseph Starbuck SUB
25 Robert Apter SUB
4 Brad Walker SUB
12 Charlie Jolley SUB
20 Samuel Taylor SUB

Nigel Adkins

Match Officials
Martin Coy
Assistants: Johnathon Bickerdike and Ollie Williams
Fourth official: Matthew Sowerby

Grimsby Town – Formation 4-2-2
12 Jake Eastwood GK
28 Toby Mullarkey DF
2 Michee Efete DF
6 Luke Waterfall (C) DF
5 Harvey Rodgers DF
42 Kamil Conteh MF
15 Harry Clifton MF
19 Jamie Andrews MF
7 Abo Eisa MF
32 Danny Rose FW
25 Donovan Wilson FW

1 Harvey Cartwright SUB
31 Niall Maher SUB
8 Gavan Holohan SUB
29 Alex Hunt SUB
11 Otis Khan SUB
14 Arthur Gnahoua SUB
9 Rekeil Pyke SUB

Paul Hurst

Attendance: 5968

League 2 season attendance

2023/24 Total home attendance45690
2023/24 Total away attendance29807
2023/24 Total H&A attendance75497
2023/24 Average home attendance6527
2023/24 Average away attendance5961
2023/24 Average H&A attendance6244

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