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Report: Tranmere Rovers 1-2 Solihull Moors

24 April 2018

Match Reports

Report: Tranmere Rovers 1-2 Solihull Moors

24 April 2018

Tranmere suffer first defeat in seven

By Jake Mathot

Rovers made wholesale changes to the side which dispatched FC Halifax Town on Saturday, giving several young players and those on the fringes some match time.

The first half was a very even one, even following the visitors' goal, with not too much really to shout about other than the wet surface stopping the ball unbeknown to the players but for the cry of the fans.

The loudest moment from the Rovers fans came on 15 minutes following a sliced effort by Moors winger Omari Sterling- James which went out for a throw in.

Josh Ginnelly showed signs of maturity in a relatively inexperienced home side, with some good work down the left hand side alongside Eddie Clarke.

However, just after the half hour mark, the inexperience seemed to show when first Declan Drysdale was caught out before Mitch Duggan lost the ball on the edge of his own area, although potentially unfairly shoved in the tackle by Moors number 10 Jermaine Hylton. Hylton then found Jamie Osbourne on the edge of the area who made no mistake to tuck it past Rhys Taylor from 20 yards.

Tranmere began the second half on top, with Jack Dunn having a third shot of the game blocked.

Rovers did seem comfortable but a sudden break of fortune fell for the away team after the hour mark with substitute Alex Reid finding space down the left before striking left footed across goal and into the bottom corner.

Would young heads drop? No was the answer, for within less than four minutes after Solihull's second goal, they responded with a goal of their own.

Following good defensive play from Josh Solomon-Davies in only his second first team appearance, the ball then broke to Devarn Green who cut inside before firing low into the bottom left hand corner of the net.

The visitors had the majority of the chances  after that, including an 84th minute penalty which was saved superbly by Rhys Taylor, diving down to his right forcing the ball to spin over the crossbar.

Rovers' youngsters tried to rally a final opportunity but without any success and the visitors were happy to see time out with maintaining possession and gaining a result which keeps their National League status for another season.

Tranmere Rovers: Taylor; Solomon-Davies, Drysdale, Monthe, Clarke; Ginnelly, Duggan, Green (Walker-Rice 85), Dunn; Mangan, Rokka (Spellman 62). Subs: Wharton, J Devine, Long.

Attendance: 3,946 (64)

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