Tranmere suffer defeat at Swindon

Tranmere visited Swindon Town on Tuesday evening in their latest game of the League 2 season.

Match Report: Swindon Town v Tranmere Rovers

Swindon Town 3v1 Tranmere Rovers
McGurk (23′)
Hepburn-Murphy (35′, 64′)
GoalsApter (25′)
Glatzel (23′)
Godwin-Malife (35′)
HT 2-1

Tranmere Rovers suffered a 3-1 defeat against Swindon away on Tuesday evening.

Nigel Adkins made five changes from the weekend’s Forest Green game, with James Norris, Reece McAlear, Josh Hawkes, Paul Lewis, and Luke Norris returning to the starting eleven.

Six minutes into the match, Lewis initiated an attack for Rob Apter with a clever through ball, but Blake-Tracey blocked the winger’s shot from just inside the box.

The game had a cautious start, with both teams striving to dismantle each other’s defences. In the opening 20 minutes, neither goalkeeper faced any significant saves.

Lewis and Luke Norris combined effectively just after the 20-minute mark with a clever one-two in the box, but the striker’s header narrowly missed the target.

The game gained momentum as Swindon took the lead on 23 minutes when Sean McGurk cleverly deceived Regan Hendry, allowing him to score.

Moments later, Rovers equalized through Rob Apter, who found the net after Regan Hendry’s long-range attempt rebounded into his path.

Swindon regained the lead on 36 minutes when Rushian Hepburn-Murphy faced a one-on-one with Luke McGee, rounding the keeper to calmly slot the ball into the back of the net.

As half-time approached, the hosts continued to pose a threat, but Rovers countered on the break. Luke Norris tested Jack Bycroft with a powerful shot, and Hendry’s cross drifted into the keeper’s arms.

Tranmere had a couple of half-chances just before the break in their attempt to equalize, but the hosts ultimately went into the lead.

The beginning of the second half was as cautious as the first, with the game settling down once more.

On 64 minutes, Hepburn-Murphy secured his second goal of the game, sprinting through again before confidently beating McGee.

Former Rovers loanee Hepburn-Murphy posed a constant threat down the right wing, persistently troubling the Rovers backline.

In the second half, Rovers made changes as Harvey Saunders and Charlie Jolley came on for Luke Norris and Paul Lewis, while James Norris and Apter were substituted for Dan Pike and Sam Taylor in two double switches.

The newly introduced duo of Pike and Saunders on the left created a couple of half-chances for Rovers, but the hosts defended resolutely to maintain their two-goal advantage.

The hosts absorbed late pressure from Tranmere to secure and preserve their 3-1 victory.

Tranmere host Sutton United on Saturday, 2 March, for their next game of the 2023/24 League Two season.

Match Highlights


Credit: Tony Coombes/TRFC

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Post Match Interview


Swindon Town – Formation 4-2-3-1
1 Jack Bycroft GK
31 Harrison Minturn DF
22 Udoka Godwin-Malife DF
24 Conor McCarthy DF
5 Frazer Blake-Tracy DF
20 Dawson Devoy MF
11 Rushian Hepburn-Murphy MF
29 Ricky Aguiar MF
9 Paul Glatzel MF
15 Sean McGurk MF
32 Charlie Austin (C) FW

25 Conor Brann SUB
12 Tom Brewitt SUB
17 Williams Kokolo SUB
16 Jake Cain SUB
23 Aaron Drinan SUB
7 Zak Elbouzedi SUB
10 Harry McKirdy SUB

Gavin Gunning

Match Officials
Martin Woods
Assistants: Richard Morris and Justin Amey
Fourth official: Alan Cresswell

Tranmere Rovers – Formation 4-4-2
1 Luke McGee GK
2 Lee O’Connor DF
26 James Norris DF
5 Tom Davies (C) DF
6 Jordan Turnbull DF
23 Reece McAlear MF
25 Robert Apter MF
8 Regan Hendry MF
11 Josh Hawkes MF
9 Luke Norris FW
22 Paul Lewis FW

13 Joe Murphy SUB
30 Jean Belehouan SUB
24 Dan Pike SUB
16 Chris Merrie SUB
12 Charlie Jolley SUB
19 Harvey Saunders SUB
20 Samuel Taylor SUB

Nigel Adkins

Attendance: 7245

League 2 season attendance

2023/24 Total home attendance110071
2023/24 Total away attendance97131
2023/24 Total H&A attendance207202
2023/24 Average home attendance6475
2023/24 Average away attendance5396
2023/24 Average H&A attendance5935

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