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Tranmere Rovers - Who needs a lemon when you've got a Mellon!

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Started on 16 October 2016 by MrTini23
Latest Reply on 23 July 2018 by MrTini23
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7 yearsEdited
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7 yearsEdited


Micky Mellon has been named as National League manager of the month for August after Tranmere won all 7 matches in the month.

The opening month of the 2016-17 season has been a successful one for Rovers, with seven victories from the opening seven fixtures.

Mellon has led his team to wins over Bromley, Barrow, Eastleigh, Boreham Wood, Maidstone United, Southport and Guiseley making it 21 points from a possible 21.

That early season form has placed Rovers four points clear at the top of the National League standings and Mellon is delighted with the start his team has made.

He said: “It’s a good start but we’re not getting carried away. There’s a long way to go but hopefully we can continue the good form. It’s always nice to receive recognition for the hard work we are putting in. It’s not just myself but the players and the staff, we’re all working incredibly hard and it’s reaping reward on the pitch."

“I’d like to thank the National League for the award. I’ve been fortunate to have won a few Manager of the Month awards in the past and it would be nice to win a few more before the end of the season.”

Tranmere's August results

Bromley 1-2 Tranmere
Tranmere 4-1 Barrow
Tranmere 5-2 Eastleigh
Boreham Wood 1-2 Tranmere
Tranmere 3-0 Maidstone
Southport 0-2 Tranmere
Tranmere 3-0 Guiseley
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Tranmere's 100% record came to an end as a Max Hazeldine double gave Aldershot a point at The Recreation Ground.





Aldershot: Cole, Evans, Conroy, Reynolds, Straker (Allen 70), Fenelon (Arnold 70), Bellamy, Wakefield, Mensah, McClure (Kellermann 45), Hazeldine.
Subs Not Used: Kanu, Smith.

Tranmere: Turner, Vaughan, Fitzwater (Ihiekwe 65), Coker, Shaw, Mekki, Collins, S Jennings, Tollitt (Almond 82), Cook, Norwood.
Subs Not Used: Davies, Ridehalgh, C Jennings.

Booked: S Jennings, Shaw.



Referee: I Cooper.
Stadium: The Recreation Ground.
Attendance: 2,118 (441 away).
Possession: Aldershot 43% - 57% Tranmere
Shots: Aldershot 10 - 12 Tranmere
On Target: Aldershot 4 - 6 Tranmere
Fouls: Aldershot 13 - 14 Tranmere
Still unbeaten though mate so every cloud!
2016-11-04 17:50#238377 mgriffin2012 : Still unbeaten though mate so every cloud!

Indeed and still top. Thanks for the comment. Much appreciated
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Tranmere manager Micky Mellon was disappointed after watching his side surrender a two goal lead at Aldershot.

Tranmere took the lead in the first half through Andy Cook and another goal by James Norwood followed soon after. It looked like Tranmere were cruising to an 8th straight win but two goals from Accrington loanee Max Hazeldine salvaged a point for the home side.

The boss spoke of his disappointment after the game:

"I'm obviously really disappointed with the result and how it came about. There's no excuses for it, we simply went to sleep at the back and at this standard it will be punished. All credit to Aldershot, they never gave up hope but we definitely gifted them the point."

"It's important that we respond well next week against Lincoln. We know that it's not going to be an easy game and that we'll need to be at our best to win. Fingers crossed we can learn a lesson from this result and see out games in future."
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Tranmere stunned Lincoln at Prenton Park, coming from a goal down with a minute to go, to win by two goals to one.





Tranmere: Turner, Vaughan, Coker, Ihiekwe, Shaw, Tombides, Maynard, S Jennings, Tollitt, Cook, Norwood.
Subs Not Used: Davies, Mekki, Collins, C Jennings, Ridehalgh.

Booked: S Jennings, Coker, Vaughan, Tombides.

Lincoln: Farman, Twumasi, Waterfall, Raggett, Habergahm, Anderson (Howe 90), Power, Miles (Hodge 62), Arnold (Muldoon 90), Robinson, Marriott.
Subs Not Used: Rhead, Simmons.

Booked: Habergham, Miles, Power, Hodge, Raggett.



Referee: C Powell.
Stadium: Prenton Park
Attendance: 5,551 (261 away).
Possession: Tranmere 55% - 45% Lincoln
Shots: Tranmere 13 - 4 Lincoln
On Target: Tranmere 4 - 2 Lincoln
Fouls: Tranmere 17 - 20 Lincoln
You're side has been doing well so from where I'm stood youve got every reason to be frustrated by a draw!
2016-11-05 19:11#238415 mgriffin2012 : You're side has been doing well so from where I'm stood youve got every reason to be frustrated by a draw!

Hopefully we can bounce back with a win
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Tranmere striker James Norwood gave an interview with Tranmere player after the home side's remarkable comeback at home to Lincoln.

In an interview with Tranmere player, Norwood said:

"I really enjoyed that. It's games like that which make playing football worthwhile. The feeling I got when the ball hit the back of the net was one of the greatest I've ever experienced. To come from a goal down with a minute to go and win 2-1 is absolutely incredible."

"After what happened at Aldershot, it was important that we bounced back in the right way. We were all disappointed in the way we let that game slip so we really wanted to win this one. In a way, we kind of copied the spirit Aldershot showed last week with their last minute equaliser against us."

"I think a lot of credit has to go to Taylor Tombides. Taylor had an absolutely brilliant game and deserved more than just his goal. He's a massive talent and it's good to have him here at the club. There's plenty more to come from him yet, that's for sure."
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Goals from Andy Cook, Adam Mekki and Taylor Tombides saw National League leaders Tranmere come away with a 3-1 victory away at York.





York: Letheren, Greaves (Dixon 56), Robinson (Clappison 67), Jackson, Rooney, Kamdjo, Gogic, Whittle, Johnson (Klukowski 56), Connolly, Fenwick.
Subs Not Used: Simpson, Nti.

Tranmere: Turner, Vaughan, Ihiekwe, Coker, Shaw, Mekki, Collins, S Jennings, Tombides, Cook, Norwood.
Subs Not Used: Davies, Ridehalgh, Harris, Tollitt, McNulty.



Referee: M McLaughlin.
Stadium: Bootham Crescent.
Attendance: 3,195 (359 away).
Possession: York 42% - 58% Tranmere
Shots: York 3 - 12 Tranmere
On Target: York 1 - 6 Tranmere
Fouls: York 9 - 18 Tranmere
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Portsmouth loanee Ben Tollitt scored a late equaliser as Tranmere kept their National League unbeaten record going with a 1-1 draw at Sutton United.





Sutton Utd: Pears, Eckersley, James, Cowgill, McLennan, Bailey, Eastmond (Burge 69), Sutton, Stearn, Deacon (Thomas 57), Dickson (Fitchett 45).
Subs Not Used: Worner, Greene.

Tranmere: Turner, Vaughan, Coker, McNulty, Shaw (Ridehalgh 84), Collins, S Jennings, Tombides (Tollitt 73), Stephenson, Cook, Norwood (Mekki 57).
Subs Not Used: Davies, Ihiekwe.

Booked: Vaughan.



Referee: S Wilson.
Stadium: Gander Green Lane
Attendance: 1,551 (429 away).
Possession: Sutton Utd 50% - 50% Tranmere
Shots: Sutton Utd 9 - 8 Tranmere
On Target: Sutton Utd 2 - 3 Tranmere
Fouls: Sutton Utd 8 - 19 Tranmere
More good results, keep it up mate!
2016-11-06 12:31#238439 mgriffin2012 : More good results, keep it up mate!

Thanks mate
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Andy Cook scored an injury-time winner as top of the table Tranmere beat Woking 1-0 at Prenton Park.





Tranmere: Turner, Vaughan, Coker, McNulty, Ridehalgh (Shaw 74), S Jennings, Tombides (Tollitt 74), Collins, Hughes (Mekki 74), Cook, Norwood.
Subs Not Used: Davies, Fitzwater.

Booked: S Jennings.

Woking: Poke, Baba, Saah, Yakubu (Jones 81), Tilney, Lewis, Kretzschmar, May (Murtagh 77), Ralph, Ugwu, Ansah (Kandi 72).
Subs Not Used: Sam-Yorke, Hall.

Booked: Murtagh.



Referee: I Smedley.
Stadium: Prenton Park
Attendance: 5,314 (170 away).
Possession: Tranmere 53% - 47% Woking
Shots: Tranmere 13 - 10 Woking
On Target: Tranmere 5 - 2 Woking
Fouls: Tranmere 19 - 12 Woking

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