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Futsal Report: Tranmere 3-2 Kettering

11 November 2018

Tranmere Rovers Futsal returned to winning ways with a 3-2 home victory against Kettering Futsal.

First half strikes from Gomez and Jackson saw the hosts lead 2-1 at the break and Jackson completed his brace in the second period to round off the scoring in a competitive contest.

The game started with Tranmere on the front foot controlling possession and their dominance was rewarded when Gomez opened the scoring in the third minute latching on to a rebounded shot and converting from close range.

Just two minutes later, the lead was doubled when Jackson struck powerfully into the top corner averting the reach of the visitor’s stopper.

Jackson was in the action once again soon after when he hit a low shot which was saved and bounced up onto the underside of the crossbar.

Kettering then began to show some attacking talent themselves. Rovers had the woodwork to thank after the Kettering player surged powerfully through the Tranmere rearguard and rattled the post.

Bickerstaffe, the man in goal for Tranmere, made an impressive save to preserve his clean sheet in the 11th minute, but just five minutes later the away side halved the deficit. A well worked set piece routine found the unmarked player on the edge of the area and he fired into the back of the net.

The second half followed the pattern of the first with Tranmere starting fast. Bryers almost added a third for Rovers in the 25th minute when his strike from the halfway line hit the bar.

The third goal did arrive two minutes later, when Jackson got his second of the game tapping into the open net.

Bryers was denied by the woodwork once again in the 33rd minute, before a minute later Kettering struck back to set up a nervy ending, when a deflected strike looped over Bickerstaffe.

Gomez had an opportunity to add Rovers fourth in the dying embers of the match but his effort was saved onto the post by the inform Kettering keeper.

Rovers will be hoping they can gain confidence from this result and secure another triumph when they face Loughborough Futsal Club next time out.

By Joe Sargent


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