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Tranmere Rovers 1-1 Walsall

14 January 2023

Match Reports

Tranmere Rovers 1-1 Walsall

14 January 2023

Tranmere Rovers played out a 1-1 draw with Walsall on Saturday afternoon at Prenton Park.

Danny Johnson’s opener was cancelled out by Josh Hawkes’ free kick in the second half to ensure both side shared the spoils in a match largely dominated by Rovers.

The first opportunity to note was when Josh Hawkes found Kieron Morris in the centre of the pitch and he paced forward before firing a low shot just past the far post in the 12th minute.

It was a half of little clear cut chances despite Rovers having the mainstay of possession in and around the Walsall box. 

Ethan Bristow found space on the left and fired a low cross along the six yard box which was just flicked away from Hemmings at the front post.

From the resulting corner, Tom Davies’ volley stung the palms of Owen Evans before a clash of heads halted played when Mumbongo went for the rebound which resulted in the forward being replaced just before the break.

On the stroke of half time, Bristow’s cross again caused danger as Daniels sliced the ball onto the roof of his own net.

It was the hosts with the first chance of the second when a well worked corner resulted in Williams shooting low inside the box but Davies stood tall to deflect it wide.

Half way through the second period, Monthe leapt highest to head Wilmott’s free kick from the right but he guided his header a few yards wide of the far post.

A few moments later, Josh Dacres-Cogley got forward down the right and drilled a cross to Josh Hawkes at the back post but his scuffed effort didn’t find the target.

In the 72nd minute, Walsall took the lead. Danny Johnson found space in behind the Tranmere defence before calmly lifting the ball over the onrushing Hewelt and put the Saddlers ahead despite the best effort of Dacres-Cogley on the line.

Three minutes later, Rovers should have been level. Bristow’s corner dropped into a perfect area for Jordan Turnbull but his volley from close range went over the bar.

In the next phase of play, Walsall were reduced to ten men. Jake Burton hooked a great pass in behind for Hemmings who got between Monthe and Evans before being hauled to the ground. Monthe received a second yellow card and an early bath for his efforts.

The resulting free kick brought a much needed equaliser. Josh Hawkes lined up the set piece before aiming towards and finding the far bottom corner much to the delight of most inside Prenton Park.

Rovers had just over ten minutes to find the winner and pushed on. Josh Hawkes cut inside and beat his man before forcing Evans to parry away at his near post with a low shot.

In the last chance of the game, Jordan Turnbull kept the ball alive on the edge of the area before unleashing a powerful shot which whistled past the near post and into the side netting.

The game ended level and both sides remain in the pack chasing down those play off positions.

Tranmere team: Hewelt, Dacres-Cogley, Turnbull, Davies, Bristow, Morris, Merrie, O’Connor, Hawkes, Mumbongo (Burton 41’), Hemmings

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