Rovers earn biggest victory margin of season, but have they fixed goal-scoring frailties?

By George Williamson

Tranmere Rovers romped to a 4-0 victory on Saturday against Maidstone and as a result earned their biggest margin of victory in the 2017/18 National League season.

Previously though, Rovers had failed to score in 10 of their 21 National League games this season, including four from ten at Prenton Park. So have their attacking frailties finally been resolved, or is this result simply an anomaly in the Super Whites’ continuous quest to find a regular source of goals?

Of the ten games in question, seven have been defeats and three were 0-0 draws, while five of those losses were all by a solitary goal.

As a result, scoring a single goal in each of those ten games would have resulted in an extra 13 points for the side, which would be more than enough to see them rise from 11th in the table to more than a game clear at the top.

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Andy Cook taps in his first and Rovers’ second in the 4-0 win over Maidstone.

That’s all hypothetical, clearly, and it’s important to point out that Rovers are still in a decent position in the table heading into December – the Super Whites are just four points and four places outside of the play-off places approaching the mid-way point of the season.

But it could be so much better for Micky Mellon’s side if they could just improve in front of goal.

Before the Maidstone game, no player had scored more than six goals this season, and the team possessed one of the worst goal-scoring records in the National League with just 21.

After thrashing the Kent side 4-0 on Saturday though, Rovers’ goal difference was handed a significant boost, while two goals from James Norwood and one from Andy Cook pushed the two strikers to eight and six respectively on the year.

The whole team will have to work hard in front of goal in the coming weeks, but will be hoping that their newfound goal-scoring prowess can continue as their play-off push looks to pick up steam.


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