Tranmere lose at struggling Crawley

Tranmere visited Crawley Town yesterday in their latest fixture in the 2022/23 League Two season.

Ahead of the game, Ian Dawes said, “First and foremost, you’ve got to win games of football at Tranmere, it doesn’t matter what stage of the season it is at, and the players are no different and we want to win for the fans.

“We’re going to Crawley on Saturday, we’ll take a good following as we always do and we’ll want to go and make sure that we win the game for them, however we play, we have an ideal way of playing and that’s to dominate the ball, but ultimately win games of football!”

Match Report: Crawley Town v Tranmere Rovers

Crawley Town 2 v 1 Tranmere Rovers
Oteh (30′)
Powell (40′)
GoalsSaunders (8′)
Ransom (40′)Assists
HT 2-1

With a home victory over Tranmere, Crawley Town secured their first win in five games and climbed out of the League Two relegation zone.

Ian Dawes’ team got off to a great start with Harvey Saunders finding the back of the net within the first eight minutes, making it his second goal in as many games for the club.

Nevertheless, Rovers found themselves trailing at half-time after Aramide Oteh and Jack Powell scored two goals in ten minutes of each other during the first half.

At the beginning of the match, Tom Davies made a great effort by blocking Dom Telford’s shot, and shortly after, Crawley’s forward attempted a long-range shot that landed on the roof of Mateusz Hewelt’s net.

Thirty minutes into the game, Crawley managed to equalize as Aramide Oteh fired a powerful right-footed shot from the left side of the box, which landed perfectly in the top right corner of Mateusz Hewelt’s goal.

Jordan Turnbull and Harvey Saunders attempted to regain the lead but were unable to do so as their shots were saved by Addai with skillful saves.

After almost taking the lead with Dom Telford’s deflected snapshot off Tom Davies, Scott Lindsey’s Crawley Town turned the tables on Rovers at the 40-minute mark.

A corner was delivered into the packed box, and Rovers failed to clear it, giving Joe Ransom the chance to head the ball across the goal, which Jack Powell took advantage of by flicking it past Mateusz Hewelt from a few yards away.

The second half began, and Regan Hendry and Kane Hemmings created a promising attack that released the ball to Chalmers. Unfortunately, the winger missed the target and fired the ball over the crossbar from inside the box.

In the 80th minute, Rovers had an opportunity to level the score from a penalty kick after Regan Hendry’s cross hit the arm of Mazeed Ongungbo.

Kane Hemmings missed the penalty for Rovers resulting in a pointless loss in Sussex.

Tranmere visit Rochdale for a 7:45pm kick off on Tuesday 18 April in their next game of the 2022/23 League Two season.

Match Highlights


Credit: Tony Coombes

Fans’ Twitter Reaction

Post Match Interview


Crawley Town – Formation 4-4-2
34 Corey Addai GK
2 Kellan Gordon DF
25 Nick Tsaroulla DF
3 Dion Conroy DF
12 Harry Ransom DF
8 Jack Powell MF
7 James Tilley MF
20 Ben Gladwin (C) MF
24 Aramide Oteh MF
19 Dominic Telford FW
10 Ashley Nadesan FW
13 Ryan Schofield SUB
23 Travis Johnson SUB
44 Mazeed Ogungbo SUB
38 Tom Fellows SUB
45 Anthony Grant SUB
27 Rafiq Khaleel SUB
29 Jack Roles SUB

Scott Lindsey

Match Officials
Alan Young
Assistants: Garry Maskell and Marc Wilson
Fourth official: Stuart Butler

Tranmere Rovers – Formation 4-4-2
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
19 Logan Chalmers MF
4 Lee O’Connor MF
11 Josh Hawkes MF
26 Harvey Saunders FW
10 Kane Hemmings (C) FW
34 Florent Hoti SUB
17 Rhys Hughes SUB
33 Jay Turner-Cook SUB
27 Jake Burton SUB
25 Joel Mumbongo SUB
32 Samuel Taylor SUB

Ian Dawes

Attendance: 2821

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
2022/23 Total home attendance127289
2022/23 Total away attendance125571
2022/23 Total attendance (Home & Away)252860
2022/23 Average home attendance6061
2022/23 Average away attendance2980
2022/23 Total average attendance6020

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