Tranmere Rovers 4 – 2 Halifax Town – A First Half James Norwood Double Helps Tranmere to Victory in the National League

By Josh Roberts

Tranmere Rovers got back to winning on Saturday afternoon with a 4 – 2 victory over Halifax Town at Prenton Park in the Vanarama National League.

James Norwood scored two goals within the opening 15 minutes of the first half to put the hosts in control.

Halifax Town pulled a goal back through a Matty Brown header but two goals in five minutes from debutant Larnell Cole and Dylan Mottley-Henry put the game to bed for the home side.

Daniel Batty scored the second of the afternoon for the Yorkshiremen through a deflected shot but it was nothing more than a consolation.

Tranmere move up to 14th but only six points separate Wrexham in third and Halifax Town in 15th.

Tranmere came into the game on the back of three league games without success and it was vital Micky Mellon’s men got back on the winning trail. The Super White Army couldn’t have wished for a better start as Norwood opened the scoring after just five minutes. Midfielder Jay Harris put a low cross into the box which Norwood converted with a good finish past the Halifax goalkeeper Sam Johnson.

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James Norwood opens the scoring with a neat finish vs Halifax Town

Rovers added a second 10 minutes later and it was Norwood on the score sheet again. Tranmere broke quickly with Dylan Mottley-Henry heavily involved as his cross found Jeff Hughes in the box. His shot was scuffed and into the ground but the ball fell kindly to Norwood at the back post who headed in from three yards out to double Tranmere’s lead.

Norwood’s hopes of a hat trick were dashed however, after a nasty clash of heads with Halifax’s Cliff Moyo which left the Tranmere man with a nasty gash on his forehead. The visitors right back was also taken off late in the first half due to the effects from the clash with Norwood.

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Rovers continued to create chances but couldn’t find that cutting edge to extend their lead past two goals.

The home side went into the break with the two goal lead but just six minutes after the restart Halifax halved the lead. From a corner Brown jumped highest and headed well past Scott Davies in the Tranmere goal to give the Shaymen some hope.

The hope vanished as quickly as it arrived for Halifax as Rovers restored their two goal lead thanks to Norwood’s replacement and debutant Larnell Cole. The number 29 had only signed the day previously but made an instant impact. From the kick off Rovers attacking intent was clear and it paid dividends as from the right hand side, the ball was played into Cole in the penalty area who lined up a shot which was deflected and sent Johnson the wrong way.

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Larnell Cole strikes Tranmere’s third goal of the afternoon on his debut vs Halifax Town

The impressive Mottley-Henry added a fourth for the home side and it was nothing more than he deserved. The on-loan Barnsley winger capitalised on a poor touch from the Halifax defender on half way and raced away to keep his composure and slot past the Town keeper. He was deservedly awarded the official Man of the Match and he was the star man in the eyes of the fans too.

Halifax had the final say as they clawed back a second goal through Batty. The Super Whites inability to clear a corner was their own undoing as the ball bounced around the area before falling to Batty whose shot was deflected and wrong footed Davies between the sticks.

Rovers are next action in the FA Cup First Round as they travel to League One side Peterborough on the back of a positive victory.

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