Tranmere lose final game of season as Northampton promoted

Tranmere hosted Northampton Town this afternoon in their final fixture in the 2022/23 League Two season.

Match Report: Tranmere Rovers v Northampton Town

Tranmere Rovers 0 v 1 Northampton Town
GoalsHoskins (5′)
HT 0-1

A nervous feel crept into Northampton’s game early on, as they knew their fate was in their hands, so they needed a goal to calm the nerves, and they backed that up inside the opening five minutes with a rasper to send the 2,000+ away fans into ecstasy. 

A corner was only partially cleared by Regan Hendry and this fell to the division’s second highest scorer, Sam Hoskins, who adjusted his body superbly to fire an intricate volley into the top corner to hand the Cobblers the lead, and this meant promotion was on its way. 

From then, the chances in the game were limited, but Tranmere were the side who applied the most threatening pressure without greatly testing Lee Burge in the Cobblers’ net. 

Hoskins sensed another chance from similar territory just after the half-hour mark, where another loose ball dropped to the edge of the box, however he couldn’t wrap his foot round the ball enough as it drifted just wide of the post. 

Ethan Bristow could count himself lucky that he wasn’t punished, as his loose back pass was cleared by Hewelt into an advancing Cobbler attacker, but luckily for him, it bounced dodgily off the attacker to spare Bristow’s blushes. 

Hoskins continued to pepper the Tranmere goal, and after a ball fell to him from a dangerous Northampton attack, he couldn’t manage to whip his effort inside the post.

Right at the start of the second period, another defensive lapse allowed an opportunity, and Tranmere almost took it with glee. A scuffed Northampton clearance raised in the air and landed in the box, which Lee O’Connor reacted too, but he couldn’t divert it home. 

Josh Hawkes gathered his dangerous threat down the left once more, and almost created a chance from his own back. After pivoting forward, which forced the Cobblers’ defence backwards, he drove a fearsome shot forward, but it was blocked.

The tempo was set, and Tranmere were really in their stride, with half-time substitution Jay Turner-Cooke almost found the bottom corner as his trickling shot almost crept into the acute angle that was Lee Burge’s near post.

With the news filtering through that Hartlepool had scored at Stockport, this gave the whole of the travelling support a welcome boost, and agonising misses after crosses and deflected efforts from Pinnock and Appere almost found the net.

The lively Sam Taylor, fresh from scoring last week against AFC Wimbledon and signing a new contract was next to threaten the Cobblers’ net, as he controlled a looping ball and shifted inside, but his effort didn’t match his build-up play as it drifted marginally wide.

In football, it’s about margins, and it was fine margins preventing Northampton netting a second, but that was prevented as Appere was brilliantly thwarted by a fine Dacres-Cogley tackle, with the resulting corner being bundled wide. 

Not many more opportunities fell, but that satisfied the visitors as with Stockport’s result as well as theirs, Northampton confirmed promotion to League One.

Match Highlights

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Credit: Tony Coombes

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Post Match Interview


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

Ian Dawes

Match Officials
Craig Hicks
Assistants: Grant Taylor and Johnathon Bickerdike
Fourth official: Thomas Parsons

Northampton Town – Formation 4-2-3-1
1 Lee Burge GK
20 Harvey Lintott DF
24 Ryan Haynes DF
6 Sam Sherring DF
35 Max Dyche DF
12 Marc Leonard MF
7 Sam Hoskins (C) MF
17 Shaun McWilliams MF
11 Mitchell Pinnock MF
9 Louis Appere MF
19 Kieron Bowie FW
40 Tom King SUB
26 Paul Osew SUB
15 William Hondermarck SUB
13 David Norman SUB
21 Josh Felix-Eppiah SUB
10 Danny Hylton SUB
29 Tete Yengi SUB

Jon Brady

Attendance: 8225

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
22/04/2023Grimsby Town5600
29/04/2023Wimbledon AFC8106
08/05/2023Northampton Town8225
2022/23 Total home attendance141114
2022/23 Total away attendance135940
2022/23 Total attendance (Home & Away)277054
2022/23 Average home attendance6135
2022/23 Average away attendance5910
2022/23 Total average attendance6023

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