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Tranmere Rovers 1-1 Bristol Rovers

9 April 2022

t was back-to-back draws at Prenton Park for Tranmere as Kane Hemmings’ opener was quickly cancelled out by Elliot Anderson for the visitors who maintain their own promotion push.

Micky Mellon’s side are now a part of the chasing pack for the Sky Bet League Two play-offs having not claimed all three points, but it’s still all to play for in the fourth tier with five games to go.

There was virtually nothing to split the two sides within the first 45 minutes at Prenton Park.

Elliot Nevitt was the only player to have a real attempt on goal with the strike coming just after the half-hour mark as he ran at the Bristol Rovers’ defence and got a shot away which was palmed away by James Belshaw for a corner.

But Nevitt’s strike was the only real talking point in what was a fairly uneventful first half.

The second half started much brighter with Rovers getting further forward and into some good areas.  And just short of the hour mark, Hemmings latched onto a long kick from Joe Murphy and emphatically smashed home to give Tranmere the lead.

It could’ve been two minutes later as Nevitt did brilliantly to flick the ball beyond Connor Taylor and went through on goal, but his effort was saved by Belshaw.

Two minutes later, the visitors made the home side pay for their missed chance as Elliot Anderson swept home to level the scores.

Joey Barton’s side had the momentum and could’ve taken the lead moments after the equaliser after Luca Hoole’s effort was saved by Murphy before Callum McManaman nipped in with a crucial interception to prevent a tap-in. 

With ten minutes to play, both sides pushed for a crucial winner with substitute Sam Foley having an effort blocked from a corner.

But the game drew to a close with not too much action in the final stages as both sides were made to settle for a point. 

Next up for Micky Mellon’s side is a trip to Bradford City on Good Friday.

Tranmere team: Murphy, Dacres-Cogley, Knight-Percival, Clarke, Merrie, Hawkes (Spearing 76'), O'Connor, Warrington, McManaman (Foley 70'), Nevitt, Hemmings


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