Tranmere held to a draw by Barrow

Tranmere visited Barrow this afternoon for a 3pm kick-off, in their latest game of the 2021/22 League 2 season.

Ahead of the game, Micky Mellon said,  “It’s always a difficult game [away at Barrow], they’re a group of committed players, good players. At their best, we know we’ll have a difficult afternoon. It’s always a difficult place to go. We know we’ll have to go up there and be a good version of ourselves to get something.

“We have the usual bumps and bruises that you get when you play two games a week, but we have a squad that can deal with that. We’ll get on with that, and it’ll give someone else an opportunity if they need to come in.

“We’re enjoying our football, we don’t care where we play. Every week is another challenge, and it’s another challenge this weekend. We want to see how we deal with that challenge, and pick up another three points. 

“Never have two games been the same, and the two games were close together. It’ll make for a really tough game, and I really mean that. It’ll be a tough game, but we’re looking forward to that.”

Barrow FC 1v1 Tranmere Rovers
Banks (58′ pen)GoalsHawkes (16′)
AssistsMorris (16′)

Tranmere were held by Barrow to a 1-1 draw tonight at a wet and windy Holker Street.

It was former Tranmere midfielder Ollie Banks who drew the score level with a penalty at 58 minutes, striking the ball into the bottom left corner of Ross Doohan’s goal.

Tranmere were fairly dominant and the Barrow goal was against the run of play.

Rovers’ only goal can early on when Josh Hawkes curled a right-footed shot from outside the box into the bottom right corner of Barrow’s net.

After the Barrow penalty was converted, Tranmere seemed to lose their nerve. The Tranmere defence will be thankful that keeper Ross Doohan prevented John Rooney from scoring at 79 minutes.

Tranmere pushed hard, but simply couldn’t break the deadlock. There were 8 minutes of extra time and Tranmere had four attempts on goal thwarted during the added minutes.

It wasn’t to be and no matter how determined Tranmere were, it ended in a draw.

Tranmere host Swindon Town for a 7:45pm kick-off on Tuesday 8 February in their next League 2 fixture.

Barrow – Formation 3-4-1-2
1 Paul Farman GK
3 Patrick Brough DF
16 Tom Beadling DF
2 Connor Brown DF
24 Remeao Hutton MF
19 Anthony Driscoll-Glennon MF
28 Oliver Banks (C) MF
4 Jason Taylor MF
30 John Rooney FW
25 Aaron Amadi-Holloway FW
33 Luke James FW

27 Niall Canavan SUB
14 James Jones SUB
20 Jacob Wakeling SUB
13 Tom White SUB
23 George Williams SUB
17 William Harris SUB

Mark Cooper

Oliver Langford

Tranmere Rovers – Formation 4-4-2
25 Ross Doohan GK
2 Josh Dacres-Cogley DF
3 Calum MacDonald DF
26 Peter Clarke (C) DF
4 Nathaniel Knight-Percival DF
22 Lee O’Connor MF
7 Kieron Morris MF
17 Sam Foley MF
15 Josh Hawkes MF
10 Kane Hemmings FW
16 Paul Glatzel FW

13 Joe Murphy SUB
5 Tom Davies SUB
14 Callum McManaman SUB
6 Chris Merrie SUB
19 Lewis Warrington SUB
12 Charlie Jolley SUB
20 Elliott Nevitt SUB

Mickey Mellon

Attendance: 3699

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