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Tranmere Rovers 2-0 Colchester United

27 August 2022

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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