Tranmere beat league leaders at Prenton Park

Tranmere hosted Leyton Orient today in their latest fixture in the 2022/23 League Two season.

Leyton Orient came into the game at the top of the table, but have won just one game from the last four, including a 3-0 defeat last weekend away at Stevenage.

Ahead of the game, Micky Mellon said, “It’s such a difficult league. Before, we’ve drawn too many and competed in most games. There’s been a few disappointing results and we get that, but on the whole, we’ve been competitive, and we’ve been the better team in a few.

“But it’s a competitive league and you know that everyone is so close together in the table, so Saturday will be no different. We are really looking forward to Saturday and we just need a game!”

Match Report: Tranmere Rovers v Leyton Orient

Tranmere Rovers 1 v 0 Leyton Orient
Beckles (82′ og)Goals
HT 0-0

Tranmere benefited from an own goal by Leyton Orient at Prenton Park this afternoon giving them a well-deserved win over the league leaders.

The own goal by Omar Beckles gifted Rovers their first win in four games. It was also a third away defeat on the trot for Leyton Orient.

Tranmere’s new striker signing from Bristol Rovers, Harvey Saunders, assisted a Kieron Morris attempt on goal before 10 minutes were on the clock. Saunders also drew a couple of free kicks from the visitors. His performance throughout will be a source of hope for Rovers’ fans.

Morris had another go at goal 10 minutes later, followed shortly afterwards by an attempt from Kane Hemmings that missed to the right.

Overall, Tranmere had the better of their opponents through the first half, but couldn’t quite break the stalemate.

After half time, Tranmere were still dominating the visitors and chances from Josh Dacres-Cogley and another from Hemmings both came close.

Saunders made a break for goal chasing a through ball from Hemmings but was caught offside, as was Jordan Turnbull a few minutes later.

Tranmer kept the pressure up and at 53 minutes, Dacres-Cogley tried a right footed shot from outside the box, but was blocked.

Saunders was in assist mode again, shortly afterwards, but Hemmings shot from the left side of the box missed to the left of Lawrence Vigouroux’s goal.

With eight minutes to go, Beckles deflected the ball into his own net, ensuring Tranmere took the three points.

Tranmere visit Stockport County for a 3pm kick off on Saturday 4 February in their next game of the 2022/23 League Two season.

Match Highlights


Credit: Tony Coombes
Credit: Tony Coombes
Credit: Tony Coombes
Credit: Tony Coombes
Credit: Tony Coombes
Credit: Tony Coombes

Fans’ Twitter Reaction

Post Match Interviews


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
6 Chris Merrie MF
11 Josh Hawkes MF
4 Lee O’Connor MF
7 Kieron Morris MF
10 Kane Hemmings (C) FW
26 Harvey Saunders FW

13 Joe Murphy SUB
18 Kyle Jameson SUB
22 Paul Lewis SUB
20 Brad Walker SUB
27 Jake Burton SUB
19 Logan Chalmers SUB
25 Joel Mumbongo SUB

Micky Mellon

Match Officials
Ollie Yates
Assistants: Peter Gooch and Oliver Bickle
Fourth official: Robert Madden

Walsall – Formation 4-2-3-1
22 Lawrence Vigouroux GK
2 Tom James DF
32 Rob Hunt DF
19 Omar Beckles DF
33 Jamie McCart DF
18 Darren Pratley (C) MF
11 Theo Archibald MF
17 Jordan Lyden MF
14 George Moncur MF
34 Kieran Sadlier MF
23 Charlie Kelman FW

27 Rhys Byrne SUB
6 Adam Thompson SUB
43 Ed Turns SUB
8 Craig Clay SUB
9 Harry Smith SUB
7 Paul Smyth SUB
10 Ruel Sotiriou SUB

Richie Wellens

Attendance: 5946

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
2022/23 Total home attendance86056
2022/23 Total away attendance65083
2022/23 Total attendance (Home & Away)151139
2022/23 Average home attendance6147
2022/23 Average away attendance5006
2022/23 Total average attendance5577

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