Tranmere storm to victory over Salford

Tranmere visited Salford City on Boxing Day in their latest game of the League 2 season.

Match Report: Salford City v Tranmere Rovers

Salford City 1v5 Tranmere Rovers
Lund (55′)GoalsSaunders (12′)
Morris (35′)
Jennings (50′)
Hendry (64′)
Hawkes (90’+3)
N’Mal (55′)AssistsMorris (12′)
Apter (50′)
O’Connor (64′)
McAlear (90’+3)
HT 0-2

Tranmere Rovers earned a five-goal victory at Salford City securing a festive win on Boxing Day.

This was the first time in over a decade that Tranmere had scored five in a game.

In the fifth minute, Harvey Saunders had Rovers’ first opportunity, directing Lee O’Connor’s cross towards the goal. The Salford keeper, Alex Cairns, managed to catch the effort after an initial juggle.

Saunders propelled Rovers into the lead 12 minutes into the match, skillfully sliding the ball home at the far post.

Throughout the game, Tranmere persistently tested Salford’s resilience, with Rob Apter causing issues on Rovers’ right and Saunders coming close to a second goal after seizing a loose ball at the back. Despite the pressure, the hosts held firm.

At the 35-minute mark, a swift Rovers counter-attack led to Kieron Morris creating space on the left edge of the box. He expertly side-footed the ball past Cairns, extending the lead to 2-0.

Carrying the 2-0 advantage, Tranmere entered halftime after a commanding performance in their away fixture.

Salford started the second half energetically, with Conor McAleny’s powerful shot threatening the bottom corner, but Luke McGee made a formidable save.

Despite the hosts’ promising start in the second period, Rovers halted their momentum when Connor Jennings skillfully turned inside and slotted home five minutes into the half.

Regan Hendry and subsequently Rob Apter attempted shots before elegantly passing the ball wide to Jennings. He skillfully cut back onto his left foot and successfully found the back of the net.

In the following five minutes, Salford reduced the deficit to 3-1 as Matt Lund’s strike eluded McGee and found the back of the net.

Tranmere extended their lead to 4-1 in the 64th minute, reinstating a three-goal advantage. Regan Hendry confidently fired the ball past Cairns in front of the dedicated travelling Rovers supporters.

Salford’s situation deteriorated further on the 72nd minute as Conor McAleny received a second yellow card for a foul on Walker, resulting in his dismissal.

In stoppage time, Rovers reached a total of five goals when substitute Reece McAlear skillfully evaded his defender and redirected the play to fellow substitute Josh Hawkes, who calmly slotted the ball into the net. This concluded the proceedings with a 5-1 victory for Rovers.

Tranmere visit Harrogate Town on Friday, 29 December for their next game of the 2023/24 League Two season.

Match Highlights


Credit: Tony Coombes/Richard Ault/TRFC


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Post Match Interview


Salford City – Formation 4-3-3
1 Alex Cairns (C) GK
2 Ethan Ingram DF
3 Declan John DF
16 Curtis Tilt DF
29 Luke Garbutt DF
6 Elliot Watt‎ MF
8 Matthew Lund MF
47 Liam Humbles MF
17 Matt Smith FW
30 Kelly N’Mai FW
18 Conor McAleny FW

13 Joe Wright SUB
23 Kevin Berkoe SUB
5 Adrian Mariappa SUB
53 Jacob Hamman SUB
51 Sandro Da Costa SUB
54 Junior Luamba SUB
11 Connor McLennan SUB

Neil Wood

Match Officials
Ben Toner
Assistants: Callum Jones and Alan Clayton
Fourth official: Richard Aspinall

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

13 Joe Murphy SUB
26 James Norris SUB
24 Dan Pike SUB
21 Josef Yarney SUB
11 Josh Hawkes SUB
23 Reece McAlear SUB
12 Charlie Jolley SUB

Nigel Adkins

Attendance: 3435

League 2 season attendance

2023/24 Total home attendance74844
2023/24 Total away attendance67640
2023/24 Total H&A attendance142484
2023/24 Average home attendance6237
2023/24 Average away attendance5637
2023/24 Average H&A attendance5937

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