Tranmere triumph away at Grimsby

Tranmere visited Grimsby on Saturday afternoon in their latest game of the League 2 season.

Ahead of the game, Nigel Adkins said, “David [Artell] is an experienced manager. He’s coming in as a new manager at Grimsby, he’ll want to pose the way he wants to play.

“We’ve watched some footage of them this week, we’ve got scout reports on them. You see they’ve got an organisation; they’re scoring lots of goals and they’re conceding lots of goals. 

“What I do know is they’re grafting, they’re working hard, they’re going to close down from the front and get after us. We know we’re up for a very committed challenging game. We’ve got to do the best we can to respect the opposition but impose ourselves in the identity that we’ve got as a football club.” 

Match Report: Grimsby Town v Tranmere Rovers

Grimsby Town 1v2 Tranmere Rovers
Tharme (39′)GoalsApter (35′)
Mullarkey (54′ og)‎
AssistsDavies  (35′)
HT 1-1

Tranmere Rovers secured a 2-1 victory away at Grimsby Town on Saturday afternoon.

Rovers quickly took control, with Brad Walker delivering a precise pass to Apter in the opening moments. However, the winger’s shot from the edge of the box narrowly missed the target.

Despite a subdued start, the hosts gained momentum, registering their first shot on target in the 11th minute. Danny Rose’s header from Abou Eisa’s cross aimed for goal, but Luke McGee made a crucial save.

Tranmere made a comeback, and their chance to take the lead came when Apter set up Connor Jennings on the right side of the goal, but his shot sailed over the bar.

Grimsby had an excellent opportunity to take the lead 20 minutes into the match, but Rovers defended their six-yard box effectively.

At 35 minutes, Rovers seized the lead as Rob Apter found space on the right, entered the box, and skillfully placed the ball past Harvey Cartwright into the far corner.

Moments later, Grimsby equalized. Debutant Doug Tharme capitalized on a free-kick into the box, poking the ball home and bringing the sides level at the break.

Tranmere reclaimed the lead at 54 minutes through a Toby Mullarkey own goal. Apter delivered a sharp ball across the box, and the defender inadvertently bundled it in at the back post.

The home team exerted pressure for another equalizer, but Rovers exhibited solid defence, with Tom Davies and Brad Walker making crucial blocks.

Luke McGee made a couple of equally vital saves as Grimsby posed further threats.

Rovers aimed to counter-attack, and as the half progressed, Kieron Morris sprinted into the box, only to be thwarted by the home defence.

Tranmere remained resilient and ultimately secured three points with another significant away victory.

Tranmere host Crewe Alexandra on Saturday, 3 February, for their next game of the 2023/24 League Two season.

Match Highlights


Credit: Tony Coombes/TRFC

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Grimsby Town – Formation 4-2-3-1
1 Harvey Cartwright GK
28 Toby Mullarkey DF
3 Anthony Driscoll-Glennon DF
5 Harvey Rodgers DF
24 Doug Tharme DF
19 Jamie Andrews MF
18 Harry Wood MF
4 Kieran Green MF
15 Harry Clifton MF
7 Abo Eisa MF
32 Danny Rose (C) FW

12 Jake Eastwood SUB
31 Niall Maher SUB
34 Aaron Braithwaite SUB
8 Gavan Holohan SUB
20 Justin Obikwu SUB
10 Charles Vernam SUB
25 Donovan Wilson SUB

David Artell

Match Officials
Paul Howard
Assistants: Ivan Stankovic and Declan Ford
Fourth official: Stephen Wade

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
4 Brad Walker MF
25 Robert Apter MF
8 Regan Hendry MF
7 Kieron Morris MF
12 Charlie Jolley FW
18 Connor Jennings FW

13 Joe Murphy SUB
26 James Norris SUB
21 Josef Yarney SUB
11 Josh Hawkes SUB
22 Paul Lewis SUB
23 Reece McAlear SUB
14 Kristian Dennis SUB

Nigel Adkins

Attendance: 6421

League 2 season attendance

2023/24 Total home attendance89534
2023/24 Total away attendance81189
2023/24 Total H&A attendance170723
2023/24 Average home attendance6359
2023/24 Average away attendance5413
2023/24 Average H&A attendance5904

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