Tranmere’s unbeaten run ends with defeat by Carlisle

Tranmere hosted Carlisle this afternoon for a 3pm kick-off in their latest fixture in the 2022/23 League Two season.

Ahead of the game, skipper Kane Hemmings, said, “I think barring the first half against Harrogate, we’ve been really good recently. We gave Rochdale a poor goal but, with all due respect, I don’t think they offered much more than that in the game. We’re disappointed we haven’t taken more points from the last two games.

“We’re seven unbeaten and picked up 17 points out of a possible 21 so there’s worse runs to be on. From the way we started the season to where we are now, it’s probably testament to ourselves but we’re not getting carried away at all. 

“There’s good characters in the squad with a lot of fight and a lot of belief. We took a lot of confidence from winning five games in a row and it was always important how we were going to react to conceding a goal and we reacted well in the last two games.”

Match Report: Tranmere Rovers v Carlisle

Tranmere Rovers 0 v 2 Carlisle
GoalsDennis  (1′, 54′ pen)
AssistsStretton (1′)
HT 0-1

Tranmere Rovers’ unbeaten run came to an abrupt end at Prenton Park today.

The players looked tired and uninspired from the off, seemingly with no shape or plan. In under a minute, the home side was 1-0 down.

Kristian Dennis opened the scoring with less than a minute gone, with a left-footed shot from very close range to the bottom left corner of Doohan’s net. He later secured three points for Carlisle when he calmly converted a penalty ten minutes into the second half.

Surprisingly, given the scoreline, Tranmere had more attempts (nine) at goal than Carlisle (six). Josh Hawkes’ left-footed shot from outside the box on the quarter hour was blocked, as was an effort from Kieron Morris ten minutes later.

Morris had another attempt saved when his header from the right side of the six-yard box was denied by Carlisle keeper, Tomas Holy.

Dynel Simeu tried a left-footed shot from the right side of the six-yard box that ended up too high.

Hawkes, Morris, and Dynel Simeu each had a crack at goal before the half time whistle blew.

An Elliott Nevitt foul resulted in the referee awarding a penalty that was neatly taken by Dennis, leaving Tranmere on the wrong end of a 2-0 scoreline.

Tranmere host Stockport County on Tuesday 1 November for a 7:45pm kick off in their next game of the League Two season. Rovers visit Carlisle in the FA Cup on Saturday 5 November.

Match Highlights


Credit: Mark Humphreys-Green
Credit: Tony Coombes
Credit: Tony Coombes
Credit: Tony Coombes
Credit: Tony Coombes
Credit: Tony Coombes

Fans’ Twitter Reaction

Post Match Interviews


Tranmere Rovers – Formation 4-4-2
1 Ross Doohan GK
2 Josh Dacres-Cogley DF
3 Ethan Bristow DF
26 Dynel Simeu DF
14 Jordan Turnbull DF
4 Lee O’Connor MF
7 Kieron Morris MF
6 Chris Merrie MF
11 Josh Hawkes MF
10 Kane Hemmings (C) FW
20 Elliott Nevitt FW

3 Mateusz Hewelt SUB
19 Neill Byrne SUB
18 Kyle Jameson SUB
17 Rhys Hughes SUB
8 Reece McAlear SUB
16 Jon Nolan SUB
27 Jake Burton SUB

Micky Mellon

Match Officials
Carl Boyeson
Assistants: Abbas Khan and Jake Topp
Fourth official: Nik Barnard

Carlisle – Formation 5-3-2
1 Tomas Holy GK
20 Jack Ellis DF
3 Jack Armer DF
22 Jon Mellish DF
5 Morgan Feeney (C) DF
6 Paul Huntington DF
15 Taylor Charters MF
8 Callum Guy MF
4 Owen Moxon MF
32 Jack Stretton FW
14 Kristian Dennis FW

30 Michael Kelly SUB
33 Duncan Idehen SUB
17 Corey Whelan SUB
27 Nicolas Bollado SUB
31 Ryan Carr SUB
29 Jayden Harris SUB
16 Tobi Sho-Silva SUB

Paul Simpson

Attendance: 6,576

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
2022/23 Total home attendance48872
2022/23 Total away attendance36191
2022/23 Total attendance (Home & Away)85063
2022/23 Average home attendance6109
2022/23 Average away attendance4524
2022/23 Total average attendance5316

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