By Peter Tscherewik
Tranmere suffered Buildbase FA Trophy heartbreak on a frustrating Monday evening at the Automated Technology Group Stadium, losing 2-0 to fellow National League side Solihull Moors.
This match had to be re-scheduled due to a floodlight failure on Saturday afternoon. Having been 1-0 up prior to the game being abandoned, the Super Whites will be looking to put this fiasco behind them quickly after being knocked out of the competition in the first round.
After what was ultimately a disappointing performance from Micky Mellon’s side, will any Tranmere players make our three stand out stars list?
Osbourne opened the scoring for the hosts in the early stages with what can only be described as an unbelievable strike. The midfielder picked up the man of the match award and has performed admirably for The Moors since arriving on loan from Grimsby Town.
The 25-year old has only made three appearances for the club so far this season, but he has been awarded the man of the match award in each of those matches, with last nights goal his first for the club.
— Solihull Moors FC (@SolihullMoors) December 19, 2017
The 21-year old stopper put in a performance of the highest quality, and for all of Tranmere’s efforts in attack the Bristol City loanee always looked in control between the sticks.
O’ Leary looked comfortable on the ball and his distribution helped the hosts to create an attack on Tranmere’s defence on a couple of occasions, and when Rovers did put an effort on target the youngster kept the ball out, earning a thoroughly deserved clean sheet in the process.
Tranmere’s second choice goalkeeper has had to be patient this season, but it is fair to say that the youngster took full advantage of his chance, albeit at the second time of asking against Solihull.
Pilling hardly put a foot wrong against The Moors despite conceding twice.. The opener was unstoppable and the penalty awarded against Ritchie Sutton looked particularly harsh. There were very few positives for Tranmere to take from the tie, but Pilling’s performance was definitely the biggest of them all.
The Tranmere Talk Man of the Match award went to the 215 fans in attendance, speaking volumes of the frustrations coming out from the Super White Army with regards to what has been an absolute mess made up by Solihull Moors.
— Tranmere Talk (@TranmereTalk) December 18, 2017