Tranmere triumph over Grimsby

Tranmere hosted Grimsby Town at Prenton Park this afternoon in their latest fixture in the 2022/23 League Two season.

Ahead of the game, Ian Dawes said, “The players, to a man, are all giving 100% and the running data in the games have been unbelievable, so they are going out there and running for the club and for the fans.

“You can see what they are trying to do, so every credit to the players. They could feel sorry for themselves about the injuries and sulk about it, but they are not, they are coming in every day, trying to improve, and trying to get better for Tranmere.”

Match Report: Tranmere Rovers v Grimsby Town

Tranmere Rovers 2 v 0 Grimsby Town
Hawkes (33′ pen)
Hughes (48′)
HT 1-0

Tranmere secured a 2-0 victory against Grimsby Town in their second to last home game of the season, thanks to a penalty by Josh Hawkes and a free kick from Rhys Hughes.

Right from the start, Tranmere took an attacking stance and tried to move the ball forward. However, their initial attempts didn’t result in any promising opportunities.

The opening opportunity of the game fell to Grimsby, as Josh Emmanuel delivered a cross into the box for ex-Tranmere winger Otis Khan to connect with. However, Khan’s attempt went wide after being deflected.

Tranmere quickly counterattacked, with Regan Hendry being brought down in the penalty area after being set up by Kane Hemmings. However, the referee dismissed their penalty appeal.

At the 20-minute mark, Rhys Hughes took a free kick which provided Tranmere with their most promising opportunity thus far. Unfortunately, none of the Tranmere players were able to connect with the ball as it sailed across the goal, despite being an enticing delivery from the Welshman.

Tranmere were awarded a penalty after Harvey Saunders was brought down in the penalty area. Josh Hawkes successfully scored from the spot, giving Tranmere the lead.

Shortly after the start of the second half, Saunders drew a foul and earned a free kick for Tranmere just outside the box. Rhys Hughes took the kick and impressively curled the ball past Crocombe, extending Tranmere’s lead to two goals.

Tranmere’s midfield trio of Hendry, Hawkes, and Lee O’Connor orchestrated a smooth sequence of passes, creating an opportunity for Saunders just outside the Grimsby box. However, Saunders’ final shot was deflected wide.

With only ten minutes left on the clock, Hawkes came close to scoring his second goal of the game. Josh Dacres-Cogley made an impressive run down the right and passed the ball to Hawkes, whose shot was deflected around the post by the goalkeeper.

Tranmere secured a well-deserved 2-0 victory in their second-to-last home game of the season.

Tranmere visit AFC Wimbledon for a 3pm kick off on Saturday 29 April in their next game of the 2022/23 League Two season.

Match Highlights


Credit: Tony Coombes

Fans’ Twitter Reaction

Post Match Interview


Tranmere Rovers – Formation 4-1-4-1
23 Mateusz Hewelt GK
2 Josh Dacres-Cogley DF
3 Ethan Bristow DF
5 Tom Davies DF
14 Jordan Turnbull DF
24 Regan Hendry MF
11 Josh Hawkes MF
33 Jay Turner-Cook MF
17 Rhys Hughes MF
26 Harvey Saunders MF
10 Kane Hemmings (C) FW
4 Lee O’Connor SUB
34 Florent Hoti SUB
27 Jake Burton SUB
25 Joel Mumbongo SUB
32 Samuel Taylor SUB

Ian Dawes

Match Officials
Marc Edwards
Assistants: Graeme Fyvie and Helen Edwards
Fourth official: Matt Corlett

Grimsby Town – Formation 4-2-3-1
1 Max Crocombe GK
7 Joshua Emmanuel DF
22 Danny Amos DF
6 Luke Waterfall (C) DF
31 Niall Maher DF
8 Gavan Holohan MF
15 Harry Clifton MF
4 Kieran Green MF
20 Danilo Orsi-Dadomo MF
11 Otis Khan MF
29 Ryan Taylor FW
2 Michee Efete SUB
26 Andy Smith SUB
16 Alex Hunt SUB
30 Evan Khouri SUB
17 Bryn Morris SUB
9 George Lloyd SUB
10 John McAtee SUB

Paul Hurst

Attendance: 5600

League Table

League 2 season attendance

06/08/2022Mansfield Town7128
16/08/2022Hartlepool Utd4072
20/08/2022Newport County4070
27/08/2022Colchester Utd5041
03/09/2022Leyton Orient6578
13/09/2022Bradford City5864
17/09/2022Salford City3175
08/10/2022Sutton Utd3007
14/10/2022Crewe Alexandra8001
22/10/2022Harrogate Town2316
01/11/2022Stockport County6800
12/11/2022Swindon Town9425
19/11/2022AFC Wimbledon6010
03/12/2022Northampton Town5,601
10/12/2022Grimsby Town5134
01/01/2023Crewe Alexandra5349
07/01/2023Sutton United5368
28/01/2023Leyton Orient5946
04/02/2023Stockport County10231
07/02/2023Doncaster Rovers5775
11/02/2023Salford City6516
14/02/2023Bradford City15482
18/02/2023Mansfield Town6282
28/02/2023Crawley Town5104
04/03/2023Hartlepool United6320
18/03/2023Newport County5496
25/03/2023Colchester United3420
31/03/2023Harrogate Town5861
07/04/2023Carlisle United13410
10/04/2023Swindon Town5654
15/04/2023Crawley Town2821
22/04/2023Grimsby Town5600
2022/23 Total home attendance132889
2022/23 Total away attendance127834
2022/23 Total attendance (Home & Away)260723
2022/23 Average home attendance6040
2022/23 Average away attendance5811
2022/23 Total average attendance5926

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