Rovers held by Chester


Tranmere were left to rue a host of missed chances following a frustrating 0-0 draw at home to Chester on Saturday.

Despite dominating much of the game, Rovers were made to pay for wasting a host of chances during a game when the visitors threatened little.

Micky Mellon’s team should have had a penalty in the first half as the Chester keeper brought down James Norwood in the area, but in a typical show of weak refereeing by another abject team of officials, Norwood was instead booked. As the photo above shows, there was clear contact from the keeper on Norwood’s knee, and having knocked the ball passed him, a penalty was the only decision that should have been made.

The visitors enjoyed some spells of possession but in doing so demonstrated why they will most likely be in a relegation battle this season due to a real lack of quality going forward.

Tranmere’s best chances of the game fell to Norwood in the first half as he cut inside of a defender and had a shot saved at point-blank, but he also put a chance on a plate for debutant Gerry McDonagh in the second half. The Irishman on loan from Nottingham Forest was also denied by the Chester keeper.

Dylan Mottley-Henry saw a fine header saved by the opposition stopper, but it was Connor Jennings that came closest to securing a deserved win as he struck the goalkeeper’s right-hand post in the final 10 minutes.

Despite the initial disappointed, it’s seven points from the last three games for Rovers, which suggests the season is back on track.

Tranmere Rovers

1Scott Davies Goalkeeper
2Adam Buxton Defender
3Liam Ridehalgh Defender
4Ritchie Sutton Defender
5Steve McNulty Defender
9Andy Cook 22 Forward
10James Norwood Forward
11Connor Jennings Midfielder
15Ollie Norburn 8 Midfielder
18Dylan Mottley-Henry Midfielder
24Jeff Hughes Midfielder
6Jay McEveley Defender
8Jay Harris 15 Midfielder
12James Alabi Forward
22Gerry McDonagh 9 Forward
25Luke Pilling Goalkeeper


1Alex Lynch Goalkeeper
2Andy Halls Defender
3Lathaniel Rowe-Turner Defender
4Kingsley James Midfielder
5John McCombe Defender
6Ryan Astles Defender
8Paul Turnbull Midfielder
20James Akintunde Forward
21Tom Shaw 14 Midfielder
26Lucas Dawson Midfielder
10Ross Hannah Forward
11Jordan Chappell Forward
14Wade Joyce 21 Midfielder
19Matthew Waters Defender
15Nyal Bell Forward
18James Jones Defender

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