Tranmere defeated at Stockport

Tranmere visited Stockport County today in their latest fixture in the 2022/23 League Two season.

Ahead of the game, Micky Mellon said, “I want this to be said in the right way, but Stockport have heavily invested in their group.

“To be fair to Dave [Challinor], he’s invested very well – a bit differently to what we had to do when we came up – but he’s brought in good players, and you can see that when you watch them play.

“You can see with the results they get and where they are in the league that it will be a tough place to go and I’m really looking forward to it – we are taking a big following, Stockport have good fans – it will be close to a full house, and we have to go there and perform.”

Match Report: Stockport County v Tranmere Rovers

Stockport County 3 v 2 Tranmere Rovers
Knoyle (19′)
Wootton (45’+1)
Collar (78′)
GoalsHemmings (41′ pen)
Morris (84′)
HT 2-1

Tranmere’s trip up the M56 ended in a close defeat today as they lost 3-2 to Stockport.

Tranmere came off the blocks brightly and at the three-minute mark, Lee O’Connor’s shot from outside the box was the first test for the Stockport keeper, who did well to save the low ball.

Following a couple of attempts at goal from Stockport’s Myles Hippolyte and Neil Byrne, a header from Kyle Knoyle in the centre of the box nestled neatly in the bottom left corner of the Tranmere goal.

Stockport tried a number of times to increase their advantage before Akil Wright conceded a penalty that was coolly converted by Kane Hemmings four minutes before half time.

However, the parity lasted only minutes, as Kyle Wooton’s header found the centre of Mateusz Hewelt’s goal just before the half time whistle blew.

Tranmere ever so nearly drew the score level again, when a shot from the left side of the box hit the Stockport crossbar just after the hour mark.

Then at 78 minutes, a shot from the host’s Will Collar from the centre of the Tranmere box found its way to the bottom right corner of Hewelt’s goal, after the Tranmere keeper made a poor punched attempt at a clearance.

Tranmere fought on and despite a Kieron Morris goal with six minutes left on the clock, the 1597 travelling fans had to settle for the loss.

Tranmere visit Doncaster Rovers for a 3pm kick off on Tuesday 7 February in their next game of the 2022/23 League Two season.

Match Highlights

Fans’ Twitter Reaction

Post Match Interviews


Stockport County – Formation 3-5-2
1 Ben Hinchliffe GK
23 Chris Hussey DF
5 Neill Byrne DF
4 Akil Wright DF
3 Kyle Knoyle MF
21 Myles Hippolyte MF
14 Will Collar MF
8 Callum Camps MF
18 Ryan Croasdale MF
19 Kyle Wootton FW
9 Paddy Madden (C) FW

25 Vitezslav Jaros SUB
36 Joe Grayson SUB
31 Joe Lewis SUB
17 Ryan Rydel SUB
35 Aaron Rowe SUB
20 Isaac Olaofe SUB
16 Jack Stretton SUB

Dave Challinor

Match Officials
Chris Pollard
Assistants: Kevin Mulraine and Matthew Sowerby
Fourth official: Johnathon Bickerdike

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

13 Joe Murphy SUB
24 Regan Hendry SUB
22 Paul Lewis SUB
20 Brad Walker SUB
27 Jake Burton SUB
19 Logan Chalmers SUB
25 Joel Mumbongo SUB

Micky Mellon

Attendance: 10231

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
2022/23 Total home attendance86056
2022/23 Total away attendance75314
2022/23 Total attendance (Home & Away)151139
2022/23 Average home attendance6147
2022/23 Average away attendance5380
2022/23 Total average attendance5763

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