By Josh Roberts
Tranmere took another step towards the play-offs after defeating Guiseley 4 – 0 at Prenton Park on Saturday.
It was the proverbial game of two halves for Tranmere as they struggled to create chances in the first half against a resolute Guiseley.
All four goals came in the second half as James Norwood opened the scoring, Connor Jennings grabbed two and Andy Cook rounded off the scoring.
Norwood’s goal means both himself and his fellow strike partner Cook are in double figures for this season before the turn of the year.
Rovers stay sixth and eight points behind leaders Macclesfield but have all the momentum going into 2018 for a promotion push.
The first half was devoid of many clear cut chances but Cook thought he had opened the scoring after just four minutes, poking home a cross from Norwood but the big no.9 was deemed to have been in an offside position.
Rovers’ dominated possession but failed to make the Guiseley goalkeeper Jonathan Maxted make a real save. The first ‘keeper called into action was Scott Davies who kept the scores at 0 – 0 on three different occasions.
First he dived low down to his left to smartly stop a glanced header from James Roberts. Next was a great piece of awareness; after Richie Sutton allowed the ball to bounce, Davies got a hand to ball to knock it away from the on running Guiseley forwards before getting a foot to the second ball to deny Alex Purver a shot at goal.
The second half started in much the same vein of the first, Tranmere dominating but doing nothing with the ball but a moment of Norwood magic opened the floodgates for the Super White’s. After minutes earlier missing his customary one-on-one, the no.10 found himself on the edge of the area and curled a shot into the far corner.
Just five minutes later Jennings scored his fifth goal in four games after Ollie Norburn dinked a ball over the top of the defence, Jennings beat the offside trap to bring the ball down, weave inside and fire a shot across the goalkeeper to double Tranmere’s leader.
Jennings’ double earns him the man of the match and rightfully so, he’s been superb again today. Contender for player of the Month with this form! #TRFC
— Tranmere Talk (@TranmereTalk) December 30, 2017
Jennings then doubled his own tally on the day. Norwood’s cross wasn’t dealt with by the Guiseley defence and it fell kindly to the no.11 who tucked away the third of the afternoon from 10 yards out to secure all three points.
Tranmere scored four goals at home for the fourth time in the last six game as Cook made sure Rovers finished 2017 in style. Very similar to Norwood’s goal, Cook received the ball on the edge of the box, turned and rifled in a shot from outside the area.
2017 will go down as the year what could have been for the Super White Army but Tranmere signed off the year in stylish fashion and will look to take that form into 2018.