Tranmere hang on to play-offs following defeat at Forest Green

Tranmere visited Forest Green this afternoon for a 3pm kick-off.

Tranmere come into the game following two 1-0 victories against Bradford and Barrow. Before today’s fixture, Rovers were placed 5th position in League Two.

Forest Green were in 8th position and one point outside of the playoff positions.

The reverse fixture was a 3-2 win for Tranmere at Prenton Park thanks to goals from Paul Lewis, James Vaughan and Liam Feeney.

Match Report – League 2 – Forest Green Rovers 2, Tranmere Rovers 1

You simply would not have thought that there was everything to play for during the first half in today’s “clash” between Forest Green and Tranmere. There was very little in the way of chances for either side.

During the second half the teams showed a little more gusto. But it was Forest Green that had more determination. Josh Davison’s goal early in the second period and an 81st minute Aaron Collins’ penalty sneaked Forest Green back into the League Two play-offs.

Seven minutes after Forest Green’s first goal, Ebou Adams was shown a second yellow and sent off, after an aerial challenge on Tranmere’s Calum MacDonald.

With nine minutes left on the clock, Forest Green made it 2-0, with Collins scoring from the spot after he was fouled by Joe Murphy in the box.

An injury time consolation goal for Tranmere was provided by Kieron Morris assisted by Emmanuel Monthe at 90+6 minutes.

Tranmere remain in the play-offs but dropped to sixth place and Forest Green move up to seventh.

Tranmere host Colchester United on Saturday 8 May for a 3pm kick-off for their final game of the season.

Matt Hibbert’s thoughts…

I can’t even be bothered writing out my thoughts on that performance, a 2-1 defeat to 10 men, automatic hopes over, just beyond abysmal.

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 Bradford v Tranmere podcast:
Apple podcasts

Forest Green Rovers
1 Luke McGee
3 Dominic Bernard
6 Baily Cargill
22 Udoka Godwin-Malife
5 Chris Stokes (C)
15 Jordan Moore-Taylor
2 Kane Wilson
8 Ebou Adams
10 Aaron Collins
21 Scott Wagstaff
23 Josh Davison

24 Lewis Thomas
16 Jack Evans
25 Jayden Richardson
17 Odin Bailey
7 Isaac Hutchinson
12 Taylor Allen
18 Jake Young

Jimmy Ball

Tom Nield

Tranmere Rovers
13 Joe Murphy
17 Otis Khan
18 Calum MacDonald
6 Emmanuel Monthe
26 Peter Clarke (C)
2 Lee O’Connor
19 Liam Feeney
8 Jay Spearing
22 Paul Lewis
28 David Nugent
14 Kaiyne Woolery

30 Ben Jones
21 George Ray
3 Liam Ridehalgh
11 Corey Taylor
35 Danny Lloyd
7 Kieron Morris
12 Charlie Jolley

Keith Hill

Social media boycott

This Bank Holiday weekend football and other sports have staged a social media boycott in response to the rise of hate-filled social media posts aimed at players and officials.

The campaign is calling for the UK government and social media companies to do more to tackle online hate. They want filtering, blocking and swift takedowns of offensive posts, an improved verification and registration process for users and “active assistance” for police and other agencies to identify and prosecute people.

Today’s match report has not been shared on social media by in support of the boycott. Both Tranmere Rovers and Forest Green Rovers have also joined the boycott.

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