Tranmere secure first league victory of the season

Tranmere hosted Gillingham yesterday for a 3pm kick-off in their third game of the 2022/23 season.

Ahead of the game, Micky Mellon said, “Gillingham will be well organised, we’ve watched a lot of them and they’re a strong team. The challenge is there for us again and they’ll be up for the challenge so we need to make sure we overcome that.

“We’re looking forward to it, we enjoy playing at home as I say all of the time. We’re trying to put something together now, a way of playing so we just need to get consistent at that from the start of the game and I’m sure we’ll be more than fine.

Match Report: Tranmere Rovers v Gillingham

Tranmere Rovers 3 v 0 Gillingham
Nevitt (18′)
Bristow (67′)
Dacres-Cogley (75′)
Merrie (18′)
Hemmings (67′)
Nevitt (75′)
HT 1-0

Tranmere achieved their first win of the 2022/23 League Two season with an emphatic victory over Gillingham.

Elliott Nevitt, Ethan Bristow, and Josh Dacres-Cogley contributed the goals at a hot and sunny Prenton Park.

Tranmere very nearly took the lead with three minutes on the clock, when Kane Hemmings chipped Gillingham keeper Glenn Morris, but the ball rebounded off the crossbar.

At 18 minutes, Tranmere took the lead through an Elliot Nevitt goal. Chris Merrie played a pass through to Nevitt who made hit shot on goal count.

Nevitt almost doubled Rovers’ lead 10 minutes later when he saw his effort pass just inches wide after a low cross from Bristow.

Gillingham came out refreshed for the second half and were unlucky not to level the scoreline when a shot from Jordan Greencanoned off the left hand post.

Bristow increased Tranmere’s lead at 67 minutes when he hammered home a powerful shot in front of the Kop stand.

Tranmere sealed victory at the 75-minute mark, when a chaotic Gillingham defence gifted Dacres-Cogley a perfect opportunity that he didn’t turn down.

Rovers visit Hartlepool for a 7:45pm kick-off on Tuseday 16 August in their next 2022/23 League 2 fixture.


Credit: Tony Coombes
Credit: Tony Coombes
Credit: Tony Coombes
Credit: Tony Coombes
Credit: Tony Coombes

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Tranmere Rovers – Formation 5-3-2
1 Ross Doohan GK
2 Josh Dacres-Cogley DF
3 Ethan Bristow DF
18 Kyle Jameson DF
19 Neill Byrne DF
14 Jordan Turnbull DF
8 Reece McAlear MF
6 Chris Merrie MF
22 Paul Lewis MF
10 Kane Hemmings (C) FW
20 Elliott Nevitt FW

23 Mateusz Hewelt SUB
15 Ben Hockenhull SUB
29 Max Fisher SUB
11 Josh Hawkes SUB
17 Rhys Hughes SUB
30 Arthur Lomax SUB
16 Jon Nolan SUB
25 Joel Mumbongo SUB

Micky Mellon

Match Officials
Scott Oldham
Assistants: Paul Stonier and Wayne Grunnill
Fourth official: Matthew Wilkes

Gillingham – Formation 4-2-3-1
1 Glenn Morris GK
4 Will Wright DF
17 Ryan Law DF
5 Max Ehmer DF
23 Elkan Baggott DF
6 Shaun Williams (C) MF
22 Jordan Green MF
10 Olly Lee MF
11 Ben Reeves MF
24 Scott Kashket MF
9 Mikael Mandron FW


25 Jake Turner SUB
2 Cheye Alexander SUB
3 David Tutonda SUB
29 Joseph Gbode SUB
7 Alexander MacDonald SUB
8 Stuart O’Keefe SUB
19 Lewis Walker SUB

Neil Harris

Attendance: 5414

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