It was a game of vital importance for Tranmere Rovers with a fanbase on the brink of unrest and a promotion charge slipping away, until one man stepped up.
Dylan Mottley-Henry had been threatening to unleash his full potential for several weeks, having shown glimpses of his true pace and attacking intent at home to Chester, but the loanee from Barnsley, finally demonstrated his true ability against Halifax Town.
With the 20-year-old’s deal set to expire later this month, his man-of-the-match performance earned him a “verbal deal” until January 2018 – a positive sign of intent at Prenton Park.
The youngster bagged his first goal for the Super White Army in a 4-2 thrashing of Halifax with the winger a crucial component in creating perfect harmony for Micky Mellon’s men.
Great win today! Fans were class as usual 💙, I’m very happy with my first goal for Tranmere…definitely more to come💙📝😉 roll on next week!
— Dylan Mottley (@dylanmh8) October 28, 2017
As two new additions (Larnell Cole & Devarn Green) signed on the dotted line only yesterday, the competition for places in the starting XI is at an all time high, even with the loan departure of summer signing James Alabi to Dover Athletic earlier this month.
With Mellon keen to play quick, attractive football the pace of Mottley-Henry is a key asset in a squad that colleague Jay Harris describes as one with “many options” making his life as a midfielder so much easier.
Following the ninety minutes at Prenton Park, we asked the fans about which player deserved the man-of-the-match accolade to which 75% selected the on-loan forward as their star man.
Who was your Man of the Match in today’s 4 – 2 victory over Halifax?
— Tranmere Talk (@TranmereTalk) October 28, 2017
Mottley Henry was a constant thorn in the backside of the Halifax defence, with the relentless attacker punishing captain Matt Brown’s poor touch before racing away to slot home the final goal of the game against Sam Johnson.
While still young and fresh, the winger is currently in a very crucial point in his career but is starting to thrive under Mellon who looks to be turning his raw talent into confident ability.