Tranmere draw at Wimbledon

Tranmere visited Wimbledon AFC this afternoon in their latest fixture in the 2022/23 League Two season.

Ahead of the game, Ian Dawes said, “Momentum is important, I think that you find when teams are winning games at the end of the season, you can take that through into the start of next season, the majority of the players in the group are signed up for next season so we’ve got to finish as strong as possible, we’ve got six points to play for and we want to take all six.

“We’ve got to make sure that we start to get consistency moving forward and I think you find the teams who are successful in this league can string wins together, so we need to make sure that we start building that on Saturday and if we can get back-to-back wins then it’s a start.”

Match Report: Wimbledon AFC v Tranmere Rovers

Wimbledon AFC 1 v 1 Tranmere Rovers
Al Hamadi (68′)GoalsTaylor (79′)
Chislett (68′)AssistsHawkes (79′)
HT 0-0

Tranmere Rovers secured a crucial point in their last away game of the season, thanks to a late equalizer from Sam Taylor.

Tranmere maintained the same starting lineup that had previously won against Grimsby, with only Joe Murphy returning to the bench as the sole change to the squad.

The game started with an early chance for Wimbledon as Ali Al-Hamadi attempted to advance into the Tranmere box, but Jordan Turnbull tackled well to prevent a potential goal.

Rovers responded with some pressure of their own, but the hosts continued to threaten with a few balls sent into the Tranmere box, which required Harvey Saunders and Josh Dacres-Cogley to clear.

The pair combined at the other end of the pitch when Dacres-Cogley delivered a cross into Saunders, but the forward’s header missed. Wimbledon had a penalty appeal dismissed after a challenge just inside the Rovers box, with the linesman flagging for an offside in the build-up.

Saunders had to be replaced shortly before the break with Sam Taylor coming on in his place. Taylor combined with Dacres-Cogley in a smart one-two on the brink of half-time, but the score remained 0-0 at the break.

Tranmer began the second half searching for the opening goal, with Kane Hemmings forcing Nathan Broome into a save from long range. Josh Hawkes then evaded several defenders before laying the ball off to Taylor, whose shot missed the target.

However, it was Wimbledon who broke the deadlock, with former Tranmere youth player Al-Hamadi scoring from inside the box on the 68th minute. It was a tough blow for Rovers, who had been pushing for the opening goal themselves.

Despite this setback, Rovers didn’t give up, and Taylor equalized 11 minutes later with a magnificent finish into the far corner, recording his first professional goal. Rovers had another chance to score when Florent Hoti strode forward into the home box, but Lee Brown got in well to turn it behind for a corner.

The game ended in a 1-1 draw, with Rovers earning a crucial point on the road. It was an impressive performance by the Rovers, who had to deal with injuries and an early onslaught from the hosts. The point ensured Rovers finished the season in a respectable position and could now look forward to the new season with optimism.

Tranmere host Northampton Town for a 12:30pm kick off on Monday 8 May in their final game of the 2022/23 League Two season.

Match Highlights


Credit: Tony Coombes

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Post Match Interview


Wimbledon AFC – Formation 4-4-2
13 Nathan Broome GK
20 Huseyin Biler DF
26 Jack Currie DF
5 Will Nightingale DF
3 Lee Brown DF
4 Alex Woodyard (C) MF
11 Ethan Chislett MF
19 Kasey McAteer MF
10 Diallang Jaiyesimi MF
9 Josh Davison FW
12 Ali Al-Hamadi FW
1 Nikola Tzanev SUB
2 Chris Gunter SUB
36 Luke Jenkins SUB
39 Quaine Bartley SUB
6 George Marsh SUB
7 Saikou Janneh SUB
28 Sam Pearson SUB

Johnnie Jackson

Match Officials
Martin Woods
Assistants: Mark Derrien and Nicholas Cooper
Fourth official: Gareth Viccars

Tranmere Rovers – Formation 4-1-4-1
23 Mateusz Hewelt GK
2 Josh Dacres-Cogley DF
3 Ethan Bristow DF
5 Tom Davies DF
14 Jordan Turnbull DF
24 Regan Hendry MF
11 Josh Hawkes MF
33 Jay Turner-Cook MF
17 Rhys Hughes MF
26 Harvey Saunders MF
10 Kane Hemmings (C) FW
13 Joe Murphy SUB
4 Lee O’Connor SUB
34 Florent Hoti SUB
27 Jake Burton SUB
25 Joel Mumbongo SUB
32 Samuel Taylor SUB

Ian Dawes

Attendance: 8106

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
07/02/2023Doncaster Rovers5775
11/02/2023Salford City6516
14/02/2023Bradford City15482
18/02/2023Mansfield Town6282
28/02/2023Crawley Town5104
04/03/2023Hartlepool United6320
18/03/2023Newport County5496
25/03/2023Colchester United3420
31/03/2023Harrogate Town5861
07/04/2023Carlisle United13410
10/04/2023Swindon Town5654
15/04/2023Crawley Town2821
22/04/2023Grimsby Town5600
29/04/2023Wimbledon AFC8106
2022/23 Total home attendance132889
2022/23 Total away attendance135940
2022/23 Total attendance (Home & Away)268829
2022/23 Average home attendance6040
2022/23 Average away attendance5910
2022/23 Total average attendance5975

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