Rovers fightback to beat Orient


Tranmere recorded back-to-back league victories for the first time this season as they came from a goal down to beat Leyton Orient 2-1 on a wet night at Prenton Park.

Winger Ben Tollitt made a much-anticipated return to action as a starter on the left-wing, and his pace and directness was causing Orient headaches before he was subbed with some tightness in his knee midway through the first half. He was replaced by Dylan Mottley-Henry who made his debit playing on the right, switching with Connor Jennings who subsequently played wide left.

The entire game was played in torrential rain which kept things interesting as defences struggled to cope with the bouncing balls zipping up off the turf.

Rovers were denied a penalty when Andy Cook’s efforts was saved off the line by the hand of an Orient defender in the first half, and within seconds the visitors went up the other end and scored to go 0-1 in front.

Micky Mellon’s side reacted strongly, and it didn’t take long for Andy Cook to equalise after James Norwood had been denied in a one-on-one by a good save from the keeper.

Debutant Mottley-Henry, on as a sub, was outstanding, and it was his creativity that brought the winning goal in the second half.

The winger beat Orient’s left-back for the umpteenth time before his deflected cross found James Norwood who nodded home from close range.

With new signings expected within 48 hours and a derby game at home to Chester to come on Saturday, things are certainly starting to look up for Tranmere.

Everton midfielder Jose Baxter has been strongly linked with a move to Tranmere, and was at the game watching on from the Main Stand.

Tranmere Rovers

1Scott Davies Goalkeeper
2Adam Buxton Defender
3Liam Ridehalgh Defender
4Ritchie Sutton Defender
5Steve McNulty Defender
7Ben Tollitt 18 Midfielder
9Andy Cook Forward
10James Norwood Forward
11Connor Jennings Midfielder
15Ollie Norburn 8 Midfielder
24Jeff Hughes Midfielder
8Jay Harris 15 Midfielder
12James Alabi Forward
18Dylan Mottley-Henry 7 Midfielder
19Andy Mangan Forward
40Patrick Wharton Goalkeeper

Leyton Orient

1Charlie Grainger Goalkeeper
2Jake Caprice 6 Defender
29Mark Ellis Defender
25Daniel Happe Defender
4Alex Lawless Midfielder
7Jobi McAnuff Midfielder
23Craig Clay Midfielder
26James Brophy Midfielder
27James Dayton 10 Midfielder
24Matt Harrold 11 Forward
9Macauley Bonne Forward
6Jamie Sendles-White 2 Defender
11Romuald Boco 24 Midfielder
12Sam Sargeant Goalkeeper
21Sam Dalby Forward
10David Mooney 27 Midfielder

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