Sunday, October 2, 2022

Tranmere Rovers 1-1 Bristol Rovers

Elliot Anderson secured an important draw for Bristol Rovers at play-off rivals Tranmere in a tense League Two clash.

Anderson’s excellent equalizer denied Tranmere a first win in four after Kane Hemmings’ opener.

Joey Barton’s visitors dominated possession early on but lacked incisiveness despite getting into dangerous positions.

Tranmere striker Elliott Nevitt broke free on the counter-attack, forcing a strong save from goalkeeper James Belshaw before the break.

Hemmings then showed superb quality in the 56th minute to latch onto Joe Murphy’s clearance and rifle high beyond Belshaw to give the hosts the lead.

But Nevitt lacked his strike partner’s composure as he struck straight at Belshaw after being played through on goal.

And Tranmere were punished as Anderson turned exquisitely in the box and fired an equalizer low beyond Murphy just seven minutes after the opener.

Substitute Sam Foley almost capitalized on a defensive scramble to score a winner for the hosts.

But both sides missed the chance to gain a crucial three points in their promotion bid.

Match report supplied by PA Media.

Line-ups

Tranmere

Training 4-4-2

  • 13Murphy
  • 2Dacres-Cogley
  • 26Clarke
  • 4Knight Percival
  • 6MerryBooked at 65mins
  • 14McManamanSubstituted forFoleydid 70′minutes
  • 22O’Connor
  • 19Warrington
  • 15HawkesSubstituted forSpearingdid 76′minutesBooked at 83mins
  • 10HemmingsBooked at 60mins
  • 20Nevitt

Substitutes

  • 8Spearing
  • 12Joley
  • 17Foley
  • 18Maynard
  • 24Hayde
  • 25Doohan

Bristol Rovers

Training 4-2-3-1

  • 1Belshaw
  • 30Hoole
  • 17taylor
  • 2Connolly
  • 20ClarkeSubstituted forgrantdid 60′minutes
  • 15Costs
  • 6Finley
  • 19anderson
  • 12anderson
  • 11NicholsonSubstituted forClarkedid 60′minutes
  • 10collins

Substitutes

  • 4grant
  • 7Thomas
  • 9Clarke
  • 16Anderton
  • 22Saunders
  • 26Whelan
  • 35Ward

Referee:
Mark Edwards

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