Bhoyed by the win at the weekend the boys play with more purpose and tempo against a good Rovers team, and get a deserved point in a game of few chances. It’s a fair result in the end, as Tranmere are frustrated by our determination and their lack of quality in the final third. It might even have been better for us, if a spectacular left footer from Damon had dropped in! Meanwhile in the stands we appreciate the lads commitment and hard endeavour, especially after the dismal Guiseley defeat.
Hodgkiss 6 McGinty 8 Anderson 7 Rowe-Turner 6
Verma 6 Young 7.5 Lathrope 7
Sparkes 6 Harrad 5 Williams 6
Subs: Reid 6 Keating 6 Gallifuoco 7
Man of the Match:
Sean McGinty. Its a toss-up between Luke and Sean, but the big defender edges it for me this time. He handles their strikers well and keeps things simple at the back, plus also comes close to scoring in the first half. A more composed performance from the centre back (with the odd trademark whack forward of course!).
We are narrow again with Damon, Luke and Aman muscling up in midfield. It does work at times, but the lack of width is telling as well in both attack and in defending Tranmere’s marauding wing backs. The passing through the midfield has to be sharper to make this more effective and score goals.
Rovers are anchored superbly by the ‘grizzled veteran’ McNulty, and attack with pace down the flanks through full-backs/wing-backs Vaughan and Ridehalgh. Thankfully for us their final crosses and shots lack accuracy, and its a surprise that Norwood is only used as a sub. He looked very dangerous on arrival, and they will be disappointed with only a point.
44″ – Just before half-time a Rovers set piece is punched up in the air wildly by Moore, and the ensuing panic sees a shot cleared straight back up by McGinty. The ball looks to be falling under the bar, and Brendan does very well to claim it. Cue a big sigh of relief on Bristow’s!
Lathaniel Rowe-Turner: LRT has a fairly typical LRT game! There are moments when he loses concentration and lets his opposite number get the better of him, BUT there are also moments when he defends stoutly and makes some excellent blocks. He is a frustrating man to watch and needs constant cajoling from McGinty to keep him on his toes.
The Final Whistle:
The players and Nico can be fairly content with the performance. With a little bit of luck something may have fallen for us, and it would have been a glorious 3 points. The boys have to show the same levels of commitment and attitude going forward; if they do that then I believe we’ll be ok.
Eastleigh @ Plainmoor 21st March 2017 – a very presentable chance for 3 points!