Tranmere beat promotion rivals at Prenton Park

Following the stalemate away to Grimsby Town on Wednesday, Tranmere were today looking to bolster their chances of securing an automatic promotion position. The last six games have produced four wins, one draw and one loss for Rovers.

Matt Taylor’s Exeter lost to Cheltenham in their last League 2 outing. Before today’s kick-off, the visitors were placed 8th in League 2, just outside of the promotion play offs.

Match Report – League 2 – Tranmere Rovers 2, Exeter City 1

Tranmere scored two penalties either side of half time to beat promotion rivals Exeter 2-1 in a hard fought battle at Prenton Park this afternoon.

David Nugent and substitute Danny Lloyd secured the three points by scoring either side of Joel Randall’s equaliser to give the home side an important win.

Rovers should have taken the lead at 13 minutes when Liam Feeney’s precise laser-guided cross found Kaiyne Woolery’s head. Sadly, his headed attempt was far from accurate and the ball went wide.

Minutes later Tranmere were awarded a penalty when Peter Clarke was fouled by Rory McArdle on the box after a cross from Otis Khan. Nugent converted the chance and rocketed the spot-kick high into the back of the net.

Tranmere’s lead lasted for under two minutes. In the 20th minute, Randall pushed a low shot past Davies. Randall paid for his goal with a hamstring injury and was stretchered off immediately after the goal.

Exeter must have had a good team talk during half time and were in control of the second half, until Lewis Page handled Otis Khan’s cross in the box. Danny Lloyd sent Andrésson the wrong way from the spot, making it 2-1 to the hosts.

Tranmere visit Colchester United on Tuesday 23 March for a 7pm kick-off in their next League 2 game.

Matt Hibbert’s thoughts…

A massive 3 points, the performance was poor but at this stage of the season, it’s all about the results.

Another huge game on Tuesday down at Colchester, win there and we’re right in amongst it.

Matt Hibbert – Presenter, This is Tranmere Podcast

Matt Hibbert, Paul Harper and Jake Keogh present the “This is Tranmere” podcast available on Soundcloud, Apple Podcasts & Spotify with post-match reaction for every Tranmere game. #TRFC #SWA

These are the links to the Tranmere v Exeter podcast:
Apple podcasts

These fans express their opinion on today’s game…

Tranmere Rovers
1 Scott Davies (C)
17 Otis Khan
18 Calum MacDonald
26 Peter Clarke
21 George Ray
8 Jay Spearing
7 Kieron Morris
2 Lee O’Connor
19 Liam Feeney
14 Kaiyne Woolery
28 David Nugent

13 Joe Murphy
6 Emmanuel Monthe
3 Liam Ridehalgh
15 Alister Crawford
16 Nya Kirby
22 Paul Lewis
35 Danny Lloyd

Keith Hill

Christopher Pollard

Exeter City
24 Jökull Andrésson
30 Joshua Key
20 Lewis Page
6 Rory McArdle
34 Alex Hartridge
8 Jake Taylor (C)
16 Robbie Willmott
10 Archie Collins
14 Joel Randall
12 Ryan Bowman
17 Matt Jay

22 Harry Lee
2 Jake Caprice
15 Tom Parkes
3 Jack Sparkes
26 Pierce Sweeney
4 Nigel Atangana
9 Ben Seymour

Matt Taylor

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