Tranmere held to draw at Colchester

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

Ahead of the game, caretaker manager Ian Dawes said, “We need to try to lift the players, the fans and the Club and try to get the crucial information into them that we need and what we expect from them in and out of possession on Saturday, so we’ve tried to do that this week. 

“We’re at that point in the season where we are in the league, so it’s just trying to go and win the next game, and don’t ever move past that, we’ve just got to look at Saturday moving forward.”

Match Report: Colchester United v Tranmere Rovers

Colchester United 1 v 1 Tranmere Rovers
Chilvers (65′ pen)GoalsSaunders (13′)
AssistsHawkes (13′)
HT 0-1

League Two strugglers, Colchester managed to salvage a point against Tranmere with a penalty from Noah Chilvers in the second half, resulting in a 1-1 draw.

It will, however, be a game more remembered more the number of yellow cards issued with Carl Boyeson reaching for yellow a total of 13 times, eight of which were for Tranmere players.

Joel Mumbongo and Harvey Saunders teamed up to make a strong start for Rovers, with Saunders taking a low shot inside the box that was saved.

In the 13th minute, Tranmere secured the lead with a goal from Harvey Saunders. He capitalized on Josh Hawkes’ through ball, went past the goalkeeper Kieran O’Hara, and tapped the ball into an empty net.

Tranmere almost doubled their lead when Chris Merrie connected with Rhys Hughes’ corner at the front post, but Kieran O’Hara made a sharp save down to his right-hand side.

The start of the second half was sluggish for both teams and in the 51st minute, Colchester were left outraged as they felt they should have been awarded a penalty when Tovide was brought down by Murphy in the box, but instead, he was booked for simulation.

In the 55th minute, Joel Mumbongo had a notable chance. He fired a powerful strike from 25 yards that unfortunately whistled past the post.

Just after the hour, the home team was awarded a penalty after a long ball into the box caused a tussle between Josh Dacres-Cogley and Tom Hopper, resulting in both players going to ground.

The referee pointed to the spot, and Noah Chilvers stepped up to take the penalty. Despite Murphy getting a hand to it, Chilvers managed to score, equalizing the score.

In the seven additional minutes at the end of normal time, both teams had opportunities to secure a victory.

Regan Hendry carried the ball forward before sending a pass to Jake Burton, who unfortunately hit the side netting with his shot meaning Tranmere had to settle for a share of the points as the final whistle blew.

Tranmere host Harrogate Town for a 7:45pm kick off on Friday 31 March in their next game of the 2022/23 League Two season.

Match Highlights


Credit: Tony Coombes

Fans’ Twitter Reaction

Post Match Interview


Colchester United – Formation 3-4-1-2
13 Kieran O’Hara GK
29 Connor Hall DF
15 Fiacre Kelleher DF
4 Luke Chambers (C) DF
22 Junior Tchamadeu MF
30 Al-Amin Kazeem MF
17 Ossama Ashley MF
14 Noah Chilvers MF
19 Alex Newby FW
34 Samson Tovide FW
25 Tom Hopper FW
12 Tom Smith SUB
2 William Greenidge SUB
42 Jayden Fevrier SUB
20 Matt Jay SUB
16 Arthur Read SUB
24 John Akinde SUB
11 Freddie Sears SUB

Ben Garner 

Match Officials
Carl Boyeson
Assistants: Stephen Brown and Scott Williams
Fourth official: Damith Bandara

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

Ian Dawes

Attendance: 3420

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
2022/23 Total home attendance115774
2022/23 Total away attendance109340
2022/23 Total attendance (Home & Away)225114
2022/23 Average home attendance6093
2022/23 Average away attendance5755
2022/23 Total average attendance5924

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