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Report | Morecambe 1 Tranmere Rovers 0

24 October 2023

The Shrimps secure another three points after a 1-0 win over Tranmere Rovers to extend our unbeaten run to seven.

Despite a number of huge opportunities for Derek Adams' men, it was Jordan Turnbull who proved to be the difference with a 72nd minute own goal.

The opening chance of the game fell to the visitors as Harvey Saunders met a corner with his head on seven minutes, though he failed to find the target.

A fierce delivery from the right courtesy of Tom Bloxham found Jordan Slew at the back post, the resulting header was wide of Luke McGee’s goal.

The Shrimps came close to an opening on 20 minutes with a lovely spell of one-two play between McKiernan and Bloxham which saw the latter find space down the right, his resulting cross was eventually dealt with by Rovers.

Eight minutes later, a gilt-edged chance came the way of the Shrimps as Bloxham, who looked a threat down the right, once more delivered a dangerous ball into the mix, this time McKiernan met it with a shot on target, but it lacked the power to truly test McGee.

In an opening half of few clear-cut chances for Rovers, Brad Walker tried his luck from the edge of the area on 33 minutes, which Adam Mayor was equal to with an important block.

With the first half drawing on, Jordan Slew looked to find the back of the net from distance, but Lee O’Connor’s pressure did enough to see the shot sail wide.

McGee was called into action on 42 minutes to deny McKiernan from close range. The Northern Irish U21 international produced a powerful strike on goal on the turn, forcing a strong arm from the Rovers number one to keep the scores level.

Half-time: Morecambe 0 Tranmere Rovers 0

Four minutes into the second half, Michael Mellon had an opportunity with a free kick following a foul on David Tutonda. It was well struck, but straight at McGee.

Just before the hour mark, Slew pulled the trigger from distance, his shot was deflected behind for a corner which was ultimately cleared by the opposition.

A Rovers cross was then sent into the middle for Saunders, whose header was tame and easily collected by Adam Smith.

Another chance for the visitors came through Rob Apter after the substitute cut inside onto his left and looked to curl one, Smith once more equal to the strike.

Our pressure paid off as the deadlock was broken on 72 minutes. A cross sent deep from Chris Stokes was met by the head of Jordan Turnbull who sent the ball into the back of his own net.

It was nearly a second just three minutes later as Bloxham was released down the right, he advanced before striking the ball over the crossbar.

A point blank save from McGee kept Morecambe’s lead to one on 80 minutes as Bloxham again fired at goal from eight yards out, the visiting goalkeeper managed to scoop the ball off the line and away to safety.

Searching for a leveller, Rovers’ captain Tom Davies rose highest to meet a cross inside the Shrimps’ box, but he failed to keep his attempt down. 

Mcgee came to Tranmere’s rescue on 86 minutes; Jacob Bedeau picked out Mellon down the right with an emphatic through ball before the Burnley loanee’s strike was saved by the goalkeeper’s leg.

Two huge chances for the opposition came seconds apart at the end of the second half. First, Apter’s ball was a dangerous one and was begging for a touch at the back post which never came. Then, Jennings reacted quickest to Smith’s save but failed to find the target.

Full-time: Morecambe 1 Tranmere Rovers 0

Morecambe: A Smith, Love © (Stokes, 10’), Tutonda (Melbourne, 64’), Bedeau, Songo’o, Bloxham, Mellon, McKiernan, Mayor, Senior, Slew (Davenport, 74’).

Subs not used: Pedley, C Smith, Walker, Brown.

Goals: Turnbull OG (72’).

Bookings: Bedeau, Mayor.

Red cards: None.

Tranmere Rovers: McGee, O’Connor, Walker (Lewis, 58’), Davies ©, Turnbull, Morris (Apter, 58’), Hendry, Dennis (Jolley, 83’), Jennings, Saunders (Hawkes, 78’) Wood (Pike, HT).

Subs not used: Murphy, Yarney.

Goals: None.

Bookings: Hendry, Jennings.

Red cards: None.

Attendance: 3,678 (526 away).

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