Tranmere v Gillingham : Match Report

Yet again, Tranmere’s ‘never say die’ attitude was evident in a 2-2 draw with Gillingham. 

The hosts fielded an unchanged side which drew 1-1 in the previous fixture in an away tie at Rotherham. However, the visitors fielded a side of many changes from their football league trophy home defeat to Colchester midweek.

Tranmere started the strongest, with many creative attacks. The earliest strong goal opportunity came when Mullin smashed the ball onto the post in the 6th minute. 

However, the visitors soon found themselves ahead. Davies doing well to keep out an initial attempt from a corner but a further attempt was formed as the ball was dropped to Jakubiak who stood 2 yards from the goal line, who Tranmere’s website claimed as the one to watch.

Soon after, Davies greatly kept the score-line narrow with a double save after Morris loosely passed the ball from the halfway line straight into the attacking path of Mandron.

Tranmere were in the hunt for a goal as they sprayed a few crosses across Gillingham’s defensive box. Unfortunately, the final result was Connor Jennings’ volley which found itself placed ages from the crossbar. The hosts had a further few attempts on goal, yet couldn’t find the back of the net.

As the 35th minute arrived, the visitors found themselves 2-0 ahead. Davies dropping another cross ,from a deep position which looked to be going on target, into the path of Jones who rebounded into the empty net. 

At half time, Kieron Morris and Sid Nelson were replaced by Ollie Banks and Callum Woods as the hosts looked to narrow the scoreline.

Tranmere’s attacking intent grew as they had 4 good attempts on goal in the earlier moments of the second half. The best being Jennings’ one on one attempt which Bonham saved with his feet. 

On the stroke of the 64th minute, Tranmere were awarded a penalty. Paul Mullin struck a penalty into the bottom corner. However, Bonham miraculously saved it. Tranmere’s attacking intent still grew despite the lack of fortune they had previously endured. 

Straight after the penalty miss, Tranmere’s attackers spread the ball around the opponents box. Connor Jennings soon prodded the ball ‘home’ from six yards. Tranmere were looking for a result.

The scoreline was soon even when Paul Mullin hammered the ball into the roof of the net. Emotions were completely different than his penalty miss a few minutes before. Micky Mellon, Tranmere manager, rallied the Kop which had been in support of their players all game. 

The game soon came to the settlement of a 2-2 draw which was an incredible turnaround to the score many had feared at half time.

In his post match interview, Micky Mellon praised his players as they kept the ‘never say die’ attitude used to gain a last minute equalizer in the game before. However, was of the hope that the games would soon be in their favour from the start to finish. Micky Mellon also praised the home faithful who had rallied their players from a 2-0 losing position to a draw.

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