Tranmere win at Orient not enough to reach play-offs

Tranmere visited Leyton Orient this afternoon for a 3pm kick-off in their latest game of the 2021/22 League 2 season.

Ahead of the game, Micky Mellon said, “Obviously we want to be able to go there and give ourselves the best possible chance of getting a result and we will have a full squad to pick from, so that should give us a good chance.

“We honestly know it’s going to be a tough game but we are excited and pleased to be involved in games like this but obviously we’ve got to take care of business and try get a result against a good Leyton Orient side. We’re looking forward to it.”

When asked about Saturday’s game, defender Calum McDonald said that the squad know what they have to do, with the obvious hope that results elsewhere go in favour of the SWA.

“It shouldn’t really change anything, we know what we have to do and we can only really control what we do so we’ll try and win the game, as you do with any other game of football. Then hopefully things go our way elsewhere that helps us.”

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Match Report: Leyton Orient v Tranmere Rovers

Leyton Orient 0 v 1 Tranmere Rovers
GoalsHemmings (37′)
AssistsDacres-Cogley (37′)
HT 0-1

It was a rare away victory for Tranmere Rovers this afternoon in their final fixture of the 2021/22 League 2 season.

Kane Hemmings scored the only goal of the match and against th run of play; Tranmere had only 36%of possession. However, the win against Leyton Orient was not enough to reach the play-offs.

Hemming’s 37th-minute goal came via an assist from Josh Dacres-Cogley and the resulting close-range header from the right side of the six-yard box found its way nicely into the centre of the goal.

However, despite Rovers’ victory, they needed both Swindon and Sutton to fail to win to secure a place in the play-offs. Sutton beat Harrogate 2-0, and Swindon beat Walsall 3-0, ensuring that Tranmere remain in League 2 next season.

At 30-minutes, Orient’s Tom James had a thumper of a 30-yard free-kick denied by Joe Murphy’s left-hand post, which would have put Paul Smyth’s goal of the season award in real jeopardy, had it hit the mark.

Leyton Orient had much of the possession during the second half, but failed to really test Tranmere’s defence.

Tranmere fans were on edge when, at 76-minutes, the referee awarded a penalty to Orient for a handball by Clarke. The referee pointed to the penalty spot, but after consulting with his linesman, he reversed his decision around and awarded Tranmere a free kick.

Tranmere visit Leyton Orient for a 3pm kick-off on Saturday 7 May in their next 2021/22 League 2 fixture.

Leyton Orient – Formation 4-3-3
22 Lawrence Vigouroux GK
2 Tom James DF
3 Connor Wood DF
19 Omar Beckles DF
6 Adam Thompson DF
26 Hector Kyprianou MF
32 Jordan Brown MF
18 Darren Pratley (C) MF
16 Aaron Drinan FW
11 Theo Archibald FW
7 Paul Smyth FW

1 Sam Sargeant SUB
15 Alex Mitchell SUB
34 Ethan Coleman SUB
28 Daniel Nkrumah SUB
29 Zech Obiero SUB
9 Harry Smith SUB
20 Ruel Sotiriou SUB

Richie Wellens

Match Officials
Sebastian Stockbridge
Assistants: Declan O’Shea and Andy Bennett
Fourth official: Alan Young

Tranmere Rovers – Formation 4-4-2
13 Joe Murphy GK
2 Josh Dacres-Cogley DF
3 Calum MacDonald DF
5 Tom Davies DF
26 Peter Clarke (C) DF
22 Lee O’Connor MF
7 Kieron Morris MF
19 Lewis Warrington MF
15 Josh Hawkes MF
10 Kane Hemmings FW
20 Elliott Nevitt FW

25 Ross Doohan SUB
17 Sam Foley SUB
14 Callum McManaman SUB
6 Chris Merrie SUB
8 Jay Spearing SUB
18 Nicky Maynard SUB
21 Joshua McPake SUB

Micky Mellon

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