Tranmere’s run of poor form continues unabated

Tranmere visited a chilly Grimsby Town today for a 3pm kick-off in their latest fixture in the 2022/23 League Two season.

Ahead of the game, Micky Mellon said, “Getting an early goal is always a good thing. We need to concentrate on ourselves. If we go to Grimsby being the best version of ourselves, and what we’re trying to do, keep building on it, keep the confidence going, keep the development going, and add some goals in, then we’ll be doing well. We proved this at Northampton – we just need to show consistency.

“We’re creating some really good chances – ones which we’re disappointed not to be taking – so now it’s about the composure and confidence to go and score these chances, and to keep us moving again.”

Match Report: Grimsby Town v Tranmere Rovers

Grimsby Town 2 v 1 Tranmere Rovers
Kiernan (7′)
Maher (58′)
GoalsBurton (66′)
McAtee (7′)
Khan (58′)
HT 1-0

Tranmere notched up their tenth game in a row without a win across all competitions with this afternoon’s 2-1 defeat at Grimsby Town.

Grimsby, on the other hand, ended their six-match winless streak in League Two with goals from Brendan Kiernan and Niall Maher at Blundell Park.

As a forewarning of what could be, Grimbsy’s Harry Clifton had an attempt at goal within the first 60 seconds and just 60 seconds later, Luke Waterfall’s header forced Ross Doohan into an early save.

With seven minutes on the clock, the Mariners took the lead through a Kiernan header from the centre of the box into the bottom right corner of Doohan’s net.

Tranmere’s Paul Lewis tried a right footed shot from the centre of the box at 36 minutes, but his effort went wide to the right of Max Crocombe’s goal.

Both teams had a couple of stabs at goal before the half time whistle, but they all came to nothing.

Just before the hour mark, another Grimsby headed goal looked to seal the victory for the hosts. From the left side of the six yard box, Maher placed his header into the bottom right corner of Rovers’ net following a set piece.

Jake Burton drew one back with a shot from the centre of the Grimsby box that found its target in the bottom right corner of the net.

Whilst the remaining 25 minutes were nervy for each side, the score remained at 2-1 as the final whistle blew, leaving the travelling fans even more disappointed with Tranmere’s continuing run of poor form.

Tranmere host Crawley Town for a 3pm kick off on Saturday 17 December in their next game of the 2022/23 League Two season.

Match Highlights


Credit: Tony Coombes
Credit: Tony Coombes
Credit: Tony Coombes
Credit: Tony Coombes
Credit: Tony Coombes
Credit: Tony Coombes
Credit: Tony Coombes
Credit: Tony Coombes

Fans’ Twitter Reaction

Post Match Interview


Grimsby Town – Formation 4-1-4-1
1 Max Crocombe GK
2 Michee Efete DF
22 Danny Amos DF
6 Luke Waterfall (C) DF
31 Niall Maher DF
4 Kieran Green MF
27 Brendan Kiernan MF
8 Gavan Holohan MF
15 Harry Clifton MF
11 Otis Khan MF
10 John McAtee FW

26 Andy Smith SUB
16 Alex Hunt SUB
30 Evan Khouri SUB
17 Bryn Morris SUB
7 Jordan Maguire-Drew SUB
20 Danilo Orsi-Dadomo SUB
21 Keyendrah Simmonds SUB

Paul Hurst

Match Officials
Sebastian Stockbridge
Assistants: Alex Gray and Stephen Wade
Fourth official: Johnathon Bickerdike

Tranmere Rovers – Formation 4-4-2
1 Ross Doohan GK
2 Josh Dacres-Cogley DF
3 Ethan Bristow DF
5 Tom Davies DF
19 Neill Byrne DF
4 Lee O’Connor MF
7 Kieron Morris MF
6 Chris Merrie MF
11 Josh Hawkes MF
22 Paul Lewis FW
10 Kane Hemmings (C) FW

23 Mateusz Hewelt SUB
18 Kyle Jameson SUB
17 Rhys Hughes SUB
8 Reece McAlear SUB
27 Jake Burton SUB
25 Joel Mumbongo SUB
32 Samuel Taylor SUB

Micky Mellon

Attendance: TBC

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
2022/23 Total home attendance61682
2022/23 Total away attendance56351
2022/23 Total attendance (Home & Away)118033
2022/23 Average home attendance6186
2022/23 Average away attendance5123
2022/23 Total average attendance5646

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