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Doncaster Rovers 2-0 Tranmere Rovers

7 February 2023

Match Reports

Doncaster Rovers 2-0 Tranmere Rovers

7 February 2023

Tranmere Rovers slipped to defeat on Tuesday night at the hands of Doncaster Rovers at the Eco-Power Stadium.

Second half goals from Ben Close and Kyle Hurst were enough for the hosts to secure all three points.

Tranmere had the first shot on goal when Regan Hendry curled an effort from 25 yards which Mitchell palmed away for a corner.

Josh Hawkes was next to try his luck when his swerving shot from the left was gathered by the Doncaster stopper.

On the half hour mark, Tranmere struck the post. Ethan Bristow met a clearance on the edge of the box before seeing his powerful half-volley canon back off the bottom of the right hand woodwork.

The home side offered very little in terms of shots and the tie was goalless at the break.

Again, it was Tranmere who put the pressure on the home side’s goal. Harvey Saunders got the better of his man down the left before cutting back to Hemmings who was thwarted by Mitchell after driving low with his left foot.

On 61 minutes, the home side hit with a sucker punch. Ben Close shifted the ball on the edge of the box before his shot wrong footed Hewelt with a wicked deflection to put Doncaster into the lead.

Just moments later and it was calamity for Micky Mellon’s men. After losing possession in their own half, Kyle Hurst was played through before slotting the ball beneath Hewelt to double the arrears and give Tranmere a mountain to climb.

With half an hour left to make their mark on the game, Tranmere struck the upright once again when Brad Walker’s left footed shot kissed the crossbar on the way out for a goal kick.

Regan Hendry’s free kick from the edge of the box dropped a yard the wrong side of the post on the 72nd minute.

Paul Lewis would have the final chance of the game when he was left unmarked at the far post before but his close range volley could only find the chest of Mitchell who stood firm.

Doncaster, despite the lack of chances on goal and possession, were more clinical on the night and claimed all three points to stop their recent slump in form.

Tranmere welcome Salford City to Prenton Park this Saturday.

Tranmere team: Hewelt, Dacres-Cogley, Davies, Turnbull, Bristow, Morris, Walker (Lewis 67”), Hendry, Hawkes (Chalmers 67’), Morris, Saunders (Burton 80’), Hemmings (Mumbongo 80”)

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