Tranmere in disappointing loss at Doncaster

Tranmere visited Doncaster Rovers yesterday evening in their latest fixture in the 2022/23 League Two season.

The two sides met just over a month ago when Doncaster visited Prenton Park for festive football on Boxing Day – and Tranmere ran out 3-0 winners.

The scheduled fixture earlier in January was postponed due to a frozen pitch.

Match Report: Doncaster Rovers v Tranmere Rovers

Doncaster Rovers 2 v 0 Tranmere Rovers
Close (62′)
Hurst (65′)
Lakin (65′)Assists
HT 0-0

Doncaster secured a 2-0 victory over Tranmere with two goals in three minutes in the second half.

Despite Tranmere’s dominant first half, Ben Close and Kyle Hurst ended Doncaster’s three-game losing streak.

Tranmere had the first shot on goal via a Regan Hendry curled effort, but Doncaster keeper Jonathan Mitchell saved it.

Josh Hawkes and Ethan Bristow also had attempts at goal, but both were denied, Hawkes by the keeper and Bristow by the post.

Doncaster keeper Jonathan Mitchell made key saves against Regan Hendry and Kane Hemmings, but it was Close who broke the tie on 62 minutes with a deflected shot.

Hurst doubled the lead just three minutes later, following multiple defensive errors.

Tranmere continued to put pressure on the home side, but Doncaster held firm. Regan Hendry’s free kick and Paul Lewis’ volley were the closest Tranmere came to scoring.

Doncaster held their lead for the remainder of the game and come the final whistle claimed all three points.

Tranmere host Salford City for a 3pm kick off on Saturday 11 February in their next game of the 2022/23 League Two season.

Match Highlights


Images Credit: Tony Coombes

Fans’ Twitter Reaction

Post Match Interviews


Doncaster Rovers – Formation 3-4-3
1 Jonathan Mitchell GK
10 Tommy Rowe DF
4 Tom Anderson (C) DF
6 Ro-Shaun Williams DF
2 James Brown MF
3 James Maxwell MF
33 Ben Close MF
23 Charlie Lakin MF
9 George Miller FW
7 Luke Molyneux FW
21 Kyle Hurst FW
41 Jake Oram SUB
5 Joseph Olowu SUB
19 Charlie Seaman SUB
16 Aidan Barlow SUB
22 Kieran Agard SUB
31 Caolan Lavery SUB
20 Todd Miller SUB

Danny Schofield

Match Officials
Andy Haines
Assistants: Ivan Stankovic and Darren Williams
Fourth official: Bradley Hall

Tranmere Rovers – Formation 4-4-2
23 Mateusz Hewelt GK
2 Josh Dacres-Cogley DF
3 Ethan Bristow DF
14 Jordan Turnbull DF
5 Tom Davies DF
24 Regan Hendry MF
11 Josh Hawkes MF
20 Brad Walker MF
7 Kieron Morris MF
26 Harvey Saunders FW
10 Kane Hemmings (C) FW
13 Joe Murphy SUB
18 Kyle Jameson SUB
4 Lee O’Connor SUB
22 Paul Lewis SUB
27 Jake Burton SUB
19 Logan Chalmers SUB
25 Joel Mumbongo SUB

Micky Mellon

Attendance: 5,775

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 Rovers5,775
2022/23 Total home attendance86056
2022/23 Total away attendance81089
2022/23 Total attendance (Home & Away)167145
2022/23 Average home attendance6147
2022/23 Average away attendance5406
2022/23 Total average attendance5776

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