By Josh Roberts
At the turn of the year, Josh Ginnelly was part of a Lincoln City side pushing hard for a promotion place in League Two. Now he’s been thrust into this Tranmere team looking for promotion back into the Football League.
Getting out of the National League is nothing new for the wide man who won the league with Lincoln whilst on loan last season and he will be hoping to use his past experience to help Rovers in their ultimate goal.
Ginnelly is reunited with Micky Mellon with the gaffer giving the youngster his professional debut whilst in charge of Shrewsbury.
Mellon gave the 20-year-old his second debut as a player on Saturday when Maidenhead visited Prenton Park and made an instant impact scoring a crucial goal during the 3 – 2 victory.
Having watched him specifically on Saturday, it was an impressive all round performance from the debutant.
He started brightly offering pace down the wing and the option of running in behind the defence which was an earlier warning to the Maidenhead defence.
From corners he whipped in a couple of danger balls that Tranmere should have attacked better and showed some lovely deft touched especially when combining with James Norwood.
His goal came about after Norwood played a defence splitting ball to Ginnelly in behind the defence, he raced onto the ball, knocked the ball past the onrushing ‘keeper and smashing the ball in from a couple of yards out.
It wasn’t just in defence that Ginnelly shone.
His defensive efforts might have gone under the radar to some but he tracked back well, showed strength when holding off players and wasn’t afraid to put his foot in for a challenge.
He chased and hounded the defence of occasion rushing them to pump the ball forward which Steve McNulty would deal with comfortably.
He was withdrawn after 77 minutes to a deserved round of applause from the Super White Army and it was a productive and promising debut.
Tranmere might have found the replacement for that right wing spot since Dylan Mottley-Henry departed.