— Tranmere Talk (@TranmereTalk) November 16, 2017
By Josh Roberts
On a day that marks their first recorded win in football 133 years ago, Tranmere Rovers’ FA Cup dream is over after a Danny Lloyd hat-trick helped Peterborough put five past the Super White’s at Prenton Park.
In the opening ten minutes, The Super Whites started the better of the two sides playing slick football and hunting down the ball; winning it back quickly, but it was the non-league side who made the first vital mistake.
Jay McEveley played a dangerous misguided ball back across goal, leaving Davies in no mans land allowing Lloyd to round the goalkeeper and pass into an empty net to open the scoring.
Peterborough should have doubled their lead after Jack Marriott breezed past McEveley to tee up forward for a free header at the back post but he could only head into the ground and wide.
The Posh did double their lead, a corner was whipped in and Tranmere failed to defuse the situation allowing the problematic Lloyd to fire in his second of the night following the goalmouth scramble.
The home side’s night went from bad to worse when Jay Harris saw red for a reckless challenge on Marcus Maddison, the midfielder tackled in typical hard fashion but missed the ball leaving the referee with no choice but to show the red card.
Scott Davies saved Tranmere from going further embarrassment in first half stoppage time after Marriott’s effort was turned behind by an outstretched leg from the Rovers No.1.
Peterborough came flying out of the blocks for the second half, their first chance coming just 90 seconds after the restart when Lloyd pulled the ball back across the box only for Marriott to blast wide when he should have done better.
Marriott again wasted another gilt-edged opportunity for United when he fired over the bar inside the area after good work for Da Silva Lopes to tee him up.
Tranmere’s best chance of the game came after a strong tackle from McNulty in his own area set Tranmere up to attack. McDonagh done well to hold the ball up and pass to Jennings who forced Connor O’Malley into a good save to his left.
Norwood and co. continued to put the pressure on despite being a man down but it was Peterborough who scored the crucial third goal to thoroughly end the National League sides FA Cup dreams for yet another year.
A free kick conceded in the middle park by The Rovers was floated into the area and allowed Jack Baldwin to nod home and end the game as a contest.
Set-pieces were Tranmere’s kryptonite once again as Davies spilled a driven free kick and Lloyd was on hand to drill home into the top right corner to complete his hat trick.
The misery continued for Rovers as just minutes later Davies raced out of goal and brought down Anderson. The referee pointed to the spot and Maddison converted to bring the tally to number five on the night for The Posh
Tranmere rallied late on with substitute Andy Cook firing wide and Norwood dragged a shot wide after some good footwork to create the home sides first decent chance of the second half.
That was as good as it got for Rovers on a torrid night in which individual mistakes were punished by the superior opposition. Micky Mellon’s men can take heart from competing but it’s best to draw a line under this and move on with the league.