Tranmere Rovers suffer tough defeat at Barrow

Tranmere visited Barrow on Saturday afternoon in their latest game of the League 2 season.

Ahead of the game, Nigel Adkins gave his thoughts on the opposition, “They’re a very good side, they’ve done well consistently. We’re away from home so obviously we’ve got to make sure that we go there with the right mindset and with the belief that we can go and win because we’re in a good run of form.

“However, we’re under no illusions it’s going to be a tough game. Pete’s done a great job there, they’ve got some good players, they’re very effective in what they do, and we have to respect that.” 

Match Report: Barrow v Tranmere Rovers

Barrow 1v0 Tranmere Rovers
Campbell (80′)Goals
Newby (80′)Assists
HT 0-0

Tranmere Rovers’ run of good form is over as they suffered a challenging away defeat to Barrow on Saturday afternoon.

Two adjustments to Rovers’ lineup featured Connor Wood and Brad Walker returning for James Norris and Rob Apter, who has recently rejoined Blackpool.

The opening moments were evenly contested, with Rovers exploiting break opportunities, including Kieron Morris’s early shot into the side netting.

Barrow threatened from a free-kick, leading to Rory Feely’s attempt over the bar from inside the box.

During the first 45, neither team seized control, with sporadic half-chances, but no breakthrough by the time the half-time whistle blew.

Harvey Saunders exited the game due to injury, leading to Charlie Jolley’s halftime substitution. Nigel Adkins made another alteration as James Norris replaced Lee O’Connor.

Norris had an impactful debut, swiftly racing back to thwart a Barrow counter-attack.

In the second half, Rovers aimed to take control, and Connor Jennings narrowly missed a header from a Regan Hendry cross following some fluent passing.

Whitfield showcased considerable pace for Barrow, but Turnbull matched him effectively as the hosts attempted to break.

The deadlock was broken at 80 minutes when Dean Campbell skillfully curled a shot into the far corner from inside the box.

Rovers pressed for an equaliser, and Morris had a close call with his shot from the edge of the box blocked with four minutes remaining.

Josh Hawkes created issues after being substituted on, hitting the inside of the post in stoppage time before narrowly missing another shot.

In the final moments, Rovers surged forward to secure an equaliser. However, they were vulnerable to a counter-attack, and although Barrow found the back of the net, the play was halted for offside.

Despite Tranmere’s late efforts, Barrow ultimately secured the points.

Tranmere host Milton Keynes Dons on 13 January for their next game of the 2023/24 League Two season.

Match Highlights


Credit: Tony Coombes/TRFC

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Post Match Interview


Barrow – Formation 3-5-2
1 Paul Farman GK
6 Niall Canavan (C) DF
5 George Ray DF
17 James Chester DF
24 Rory Feely MF
11 Elliot Newby MF
8 Kian Spence MF
3 Mazeed Ogungbo MF
4 Dean Campbell MF
34 Ben Whitfield FW
9 Jamie Proctor FW

12 Josh Lillis SUB
16 Sam Foley SUB
15 Robbie Gotts SUB
13 Tom White SUB
20 Emile Acquah SUB
10 Gerard Garner SUB
19 Dominic Telford SUB

Pete Wild

Match Officials
Adam Herczeg
Assistants: Wayne Grunnill and Joseph Pettitt
Fourth official: John Mulligan

Tranmere Rovers – Formation 4-3-3
1 Luke McGee GK
2 Lee O’Connor DF
27 Connor Wood DF
5 Tom Davies (C) DF
6 Jordan Turnbull DF
23 Reece McAlear MF
4 Brad Walker MF
8 Regan Hendry MF
18 Connor Jennings FW
19 Harvey Saunders FW
7 Kieron Morris FW

13 Joe Murphy SUB
26 James Norris SUB
21 Josef Yarney SUB
11 Josh Hawkes SUB
22 Paul Lewis SUB
12 Charlie Jolley SUB
20 Samuel Taylor SUB

Nigel Adkins

Attendance: 4023

League 2 season attendance

2023/24 Total home attendance82672
2023/24 Total away attendance74768
2023/24 Total H&A attendance157440
2023/24 Average home attendance6359
2023/24 Average away attendance5314
2023/24 Average H&A attendance5850

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