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27 August 2022 Venue Prenton Park Attendance

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Match Preview: Colchester United

26 August 2022

After a narrow defeat against Premier League opposition last time out, it’s a return to Sky Bet League Two action as Colchester United are the latest team to visit Prenton Park.

Rovers were mightily unlucky last time out, losing 2-1 to Newcastle United in the second round of the Carabao Cup after taking the lead in front of a packed-out stadium.

And after scoring a quite brilliant team goal that carved open Eddie Howe’s Toon army, Micky Mellon will be hoping his side will take confidence from an admirable performance into league action.

As for the visitors, they too went toe-to-toe with a top-flight side in midweek after being knocked out of the second round by Brentford. They’ve made an identical start to Rovers in the league in terms of points whilst Rovers sit a singular place above the U’s In the fourth tier on goal difference.

Team News:

Micky Mellon will run with the same selection of players as Wednesday with possibly the excpetion of Kyle Jameson who limped off but will be assessed ahead of the weekend.

One to Watch: Noah Chilvers

One of Colchester’s own, Noah Chilvers made his full debut for the U’s in 2019 the Leasing.com Trophy. However, his first main action was scoring a winning penalty against Crystal Palace which saw Colchester knock the League side out of the Carabao Cup.

He’s played every minute so far this season in Sky Bet League Two and is the club’s top scorer with three goals and two assists in his five league games. 

Playing in an attacking midfield role, his scoring statistics this early on are something to be excited about for the U’S and he’s certainly someone to keep an eye on over the course of the campaign.

Manager: Wayne Brown

Following a positive end to the last campaign Brown was named as the permanent head coach in the summer.

He joined as interim boss in January and helped secure United’s football league status by steering them away from any relegation fears with a 15th placed finish.

After previously working with the academy at Colchester, Brown is enduring his first full season in his first league full time job. But never-the-less after a stuttering start to the season but a promising performance in midweek, Brown will be looking to build on the start with gaining some momentum starting at Prenton Park this weekend.

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You can follow the action through our social media channels below, with full text coverage during the fixture, followed by a match report. 

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Match reaction from Micky Mellon and a player will follow on our website and YouTube channel.

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Match Reports

Tranmere Rovers 2-0 Colchester United

27 August 2022

Tranmere got back to winning ways with a 2-0 win over Wayne Brown’s Colchester United on Saturday afternoon.

Goals from Josh Hawkes and Jake Burton were the difference as Micky Mellon’s side picked up their second win in the league this season.

Tranmere started off the far better side and had Colchester’s goalkeeper tested in the opening seconds as he had to claim a low cross from Kane Hemmings.

And there was just four minutes on the clock when Rovers had O’Hara beaten in the United goal as Hemmings did well down the right and his deep cross was timely met by Hawkes who volleyed home with his side-foot to give Micky Mellon’s side the lead early on.

Reece McAlear had a low-driven effort spilled by the United ’keeper before Colchester had a chance of their own at the other end as Alex Newby got on the end of a cross from the left but his effort was scuffed wide of Ross Doohan’s near post.

Hawkes and Lee O’Connor both saw efforts from 30 yards fly off target prior to Colchester probably ending the half looking the most likely to score as Nouble had an effort blocked by a combination of defender and goalkeeper before right back Junior Tchamadeu had a left-footed effort charged down.

The half-time whistle blew and whilst the visitors felt like they had slightly more of the possession, it was Rovers who looked more convincing with the ball and seemed comfortable with the one-goal advantage.  

The second-half started in similar fashion to the first with Rovers applying early pressure with Hemmings winning a corner after working well in the channels. But following the corner, the game lacked any real quality as both sides limited each other to any sort of chance at either end. 

The second forty-five saw virtually no goal-mouth action until Rovers finally got their chance. With eight minutes left on the clock, Rovers finished the game off with a second goal as Jake Burton headed the ball into the ground and home from close-range after another deep cross.

With the three points sealed late on after a scrappy second-half display, Rovers now look ahead to try and back up the second win of the campaign when they’ll face a trip to the capital to play Leyton Orient next Saturday.

Tranmere Team: Doohan, Dacres-Cogley, Byrne, Turnbull, Bristow, O'Connor, McAlear (Hughes 69'), Nolan (Lewis 69'), Hawkes, Nevitt (Burton 80'), Hemmings

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