By Peter Tscherewik
Over the course of this week we have been delving into our own ‘top five’ moments for various categories as we approach the Christmas period. In this article we’ll take a look at Rovers’ top five matches of the campaign thus far.
Tranmere Rovers 4-0 Maidstone United
Rovers came into this game off the back of a tough period for the club, having dropped points at the death and struggling to find the back of the net.
Micky Mellon’s side were dominant throughout the match and showed the Prenton Park crowd that there the club’s promotion hopes are still very much alive.
James Norwood scored two, taking his tally for the campaign to eight, with Andy Cook and Ollie Norburn also getting on the scoresheet.
Eddie Clarke was the Man of the Match according to our Twitter poll, the youngsters’ second in a row in only his third start of the season.
Tranmere Rovers 2-0 Dagenham and Redbridge
The Super Whites saw off Dagenham and Redbridge comfortably at Prenton Park in what was one of their best performances of the season, from start to finish.
Despite two early injuries to Mitch Duggan and Jeff Hughes, Rovers remained resilient in defence and potent in attack with the visitors often finding themselves cramped in their own half.
James Norwood opened the scoring after only four minutes, while Ollie Norburn scored the goal of the game as he volleyed home from a Liam Ridehalgh corner.
Jay Harris was awarded the Man of the Match for what can only be described as an incredible performance as he was moved into a makeshift role at right-back.
Peterborough United 1-1 Tranmere Rovers
Andy Cook was the hero for Tranmere Rovers as his second-half goal earned the Super Whites an FA Cup first-round replay against League One outfit Peterborough United.
Rovers were dominant with the ball in the first-half, but to no reward. An early mistake after the restart left Micky Mellon’s side 1-0 behind but the players fought back brilliantly.
Larnell Cole was introduced along with Cook in an attacking move from the manager, and it only took three minutes for it to pay off as the latter bundled the ball home from close range.
As the goal drew towards its climax, both sides went in search of a winner but to no avail. The 471 travelling Super White Army returned to Merseyside in very high spirits that night.
Tranmere Rovers 3-1 Woking FC
Rovers earned their first Vanarama National League win of the season as Micky Mellon’s side breezed past Woking at Prenton Park.
Andy Cook opened the scoring for the Super Whites after 18 minutes as he rounded Nathan Baxter in the Woking net. Ollie Norburn added a second for Rovers after the half-hour mark to put Micky Mellon’s side in control of the contest.
The visitors gave themselves some hope before the half-time whistle as Charlie Carter got on the scoresheet with a headed effort.
Tranmere notched their third goal of the afternoon on the hour mark as defender Jay McEveley headed home from a Jack Dunn corner, giving the home crowd plenty to be pleased about on the Super Whites’ first home outing of the campaign.
Tranmere Rovers 4-2 FC Halifax Town
Tranmere Rovers got back to winning ways in the Vanarama National League in a six-goal-thriller at Prenton Park against an out of form FC Halifax Town side.
James Norwood grabbed two goals within the first 15 minutes of the encounter, handing the Super Whites the best possible start to the match.
Rovers would have to wait until just prior to the hour mark before getting on the scoresheet again, but were explosive in the manner that they did so.
Larnell Cole scored on his debut for the club, while loanee Dylan Mottley-Henry got his first goal for Rovers in what was a stunning solo effort that killed off any hope for the visitors.