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- Connor Jennings scores his ninth goal of the season
- Rovers have now won nine games in a row at Prenton Park
- Both Wrexham and Sutton dropped points as they drew 1-1 against eachother
- Tranmere now sit second in the league table, four points behind Macclesfield
Connor Jennings seventh league goal of the season made the difference against Bromley on Saturday as Tranmere earned a well-fought 1-0 win at Prenton Park, which sees them move up into second in the league table.
Jennings’s stab at the ball on 36 minutes gave Rovers a well-deserved 1-0 lead going into half-time, and fortunately for Micky Mellon his side stood firm to keep the visitors at bay. Results elsewhere in the division, particularly the draw between Wrexham and Sutton have given further benefit to this scoreline.
Tranmere made one change to the team that drew 1-1 to Leyton Orient, with Adam Buxton replacing Eddie Clarke. Liam Ridehalgh had been playing at right-back in his absence, but the return of Bucko was massive for Rovers in this fixture.
The Super Whites started the game on the front foot with James Norwood having the first shot of the match in the second minute. Cook, Norwood and Jennings persisted to try and make something happen early but the end product from the forwards was lacking somewhat.
There were obvious signs that Micky Mellon had instructed his side to try and play long balls in behind the Bromley defence and the first 20 minutes of the match showed promising signs that this tactic could well pay off.
Tranmere and Bromley come up second and third in the division in terms of goals scored, and it was always going to be a case of when rather than if a goal went in between the two sides, particularly with how open the game had been in the opening exchanges.
Scott Davies was forced into making a terrific save from Tyrone Sterling after the Rovers back line made a mess of clearing the ball inside the box, and following that debacle the Super Whites finally got the reward they deserved.
Much of Tranmere’s play in the first-half was down the right flank, and Buxton was on hand to provide the 36th minute opening goal for Jennings. The right-back’s long ball forward put pressure on Bromley goalkeeper David Gregory, who made a mess of holding onto the ball. The howler put it on a plate for Jennings, who had the simple task of poking it into an empty net.
Micky Mellon’s side went into half-time having been the better side, albeit with both teams struggling to dictate the tempo of the contest. The visitors made one change after the break, with Luke Wanadio being replaced by Omar Buigel.
Brandon Hanlan had been the main source of threat in the first-half for Bromley, and the first big chance of the second-half fell to the 20-year old as he skipped past Steve McNulty, before firing a shot into the path of Davies.
Despite not testing Tranmere’s goal very often, the visitors continued to cause problems on the ball and could have had an equaliser on 58 minutes but for a late clearance by Buxton.
As the match went into the final 20 minutes, both sides made changes with Ben Tollitt replacing Josh Ginnelly for Rovers, and Roger Johnson coming on in place of Ben Chorley for the visitors. Neither side looked particularly dangerous at this stage, with all of Tranmere’s focus being on keeping the score at 1-0.
It was very tense to say the least inside Prenton Park, even more so when Davies was forced into making a terrific save from close range to deny George Porter with his legs. Rovers spent the final minutes keeping the ball in the corner, and held on for a priceless victory.
The Super Whites now turn their attention to Tuesday’s top of the table clash with Macclesfield, with Rovers only four points behind them this result could be crucial come the end of the season. Tickets for the 7:45 clash at Prenton Park are available here.