Tranmere thrash Scunthorpe and climb to second in table

Tranmere hosted Scunthorpe this afternoon for a 3pm kick-off, in their latest fixture of the 2021/22 League 2 season.

Ahead of the game, manager Micky Mellon said, “I’ve known for a couple of weeks that it was potentially going to go the way that it’s gone. I had a good conversation with him, and I get on really well with him. I’ve known him for a long, long time.

“It’s not sad news, I don’t look at it like that. He’s had a terrific career. He’s done brilliant for me, and for every club that he’s played at. It’s now a career he needs to celebrate, and he can look back on with great pride.

“The exciting part is that he’s still a young man, and he can move onto the next stage in his life. It’s obviously disappointing that he’s had to finish playing football through injury, but he’s 33 and had a terrific career. 

“If you offered him the career he’s had at the start, he’d have bit your hand off for that. He’s achieved so much in his career. He can look back now, and really enjoy those memories.

“Sometimes, when you get to a stage in your career, when injuries aren’t healing or not getting any better, then there’s the risk of only more damage. Then you just have to make an honest call on it.”

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Tranmere Rovers 4V0 Scunthorpe United
Jolley (24′), Nevitt (32′), Foley (75′), Watson (89′)Goals
Clarke (24′), Spearing (75′)
Assists

Tranmere’s run now extends to six league wins on the trot following this afternoon’s thumping win over Scunthorpe at Prenton Park.

Rovers moved up to second in the league following with goals from Jolley, Nevitt, Foley, and Watson securing the three points against struggling Scunthorpe.

A 24th-minute volley from Jolley curled beyond Scunthorpe keeper, Rory Watson. A few minutes later, a half-volley from Nevitt found the top corner to make it two before the break.

The second half belonged to Tranmere substitutes Foley and Watson. Foley made it three with an assist by Spearing at 75 minutes with a left-footed shot from the left side of the box to the centre of the goal.

Substitute Ryan Watson was on the pitch for under two minutes when he sealed victory with a right-footed shot from the right side of the six-yard box to the bottom right corner.

Today proved to be a miserable return to Prenton Park for former boss Keith Hill.

Scunthorpe started well enough but simply struggled to make a dent in the Tranmere defence.

The scoreline finished 4-0 with Tranmere getting another convincing win at Prenton Park.

Tranmere visit Salford for a 7:45pm kick-off on Tuesday 11 January in their next League 2 fixture.

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Tranmere Rovers – Formation 4-4-2
25 Ross Doohan GK
2 Josh Dacres-Cogley DF
3 Calum MacDonald DF
26 Peter Clarke (C) DF
5 Tom Davies DF
8 Jay Spearing MF
99 Joshua McPake MF
22 Lee O’Connor MF
11 Liam Feeney MF
20 Elliott Nevitt FW
12 Charlie Jolley FW

Substitutes
13 Joe Murphy SUB
24 Kyle Hayde SUB
23 Joseph Maguire SUB
17 Sam Foley SUB
10 Ryan Watson SUB
16 Paul Glatzel SUB

Manager
Micky Mellon

Referee
Christopher Pollard

Scunthorpe United – Formation 4-1-2-1-2
1 Rory Watson GK
7 Devarn Green DF
3 Mason O’Malley DF
24 Harry Davis DF
5 George Taft (C) DF
12 Jai Rowe MF
23 Tom Pugh MF
26 Hayden Hackney MF
28 Dan Gallimore MF
11 Myles Hippolyte FW
17 Harry Bunn FW

Substitutes
31 Thomas Bilson SUB
2 Ross Millen SUB
8 Alfie Beestin SUB
4 Alex Kenyon SUB
38 Harry Lewis SUB
30 Sam Burns SUB
19 Aaron Jarvis SUB

Manager
Keith Hill

Attendance: 6056

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