TRFC: Davies, Vaughan, Mcnulty Capt, Ihiekwe, Harris, Norwood, Sutton, Tollitt, Mangan, Maynard, Hughes.
Subs: Cook, Turner, Kirby, Dawson, Wallace.
York: Letheren, Rooney, Whittle, Fry, Heslop Capt, Klukowski, Parkin, Newton, Moke, Holmes, Murphy
Subs: Connolly, Dixon, Woodland, Rzonica, McDaid
Tranmere looked to continue their unbeaten run by taking on York City who were struggling near the bottom of the league. York City had recently signed John Parkin and Danny Holmes to hopefully restore some pride and a much needed winning mentality to the team. Danny Holmes was making a return to Prenton Park and no doubt wanted to make a good impression.
Before the game kicked off the stadium observed a minuets silence as a mark of respect for the tragic airplane crash whichinvolved team members and staff from the team FC Chapecoense.
The game kicked off with Tranmere kicking towards the Kop, For the first 12-20 minutes the game was mainly played in midfield with Tranmere trying to play their way through York who had clearly set themselves up to be hard to beat whilst offering very little in an attacking threat.
Thirty minutes in Tranmere were hit with an injury to Louis Maynard, Jake Kirby was bought on as a replacement, the first half continued without much change York were holding firm and Tranmere were finding it hard to find the killer pass.
The second half gets underway as the pattern of the first half continues until a mistake in the Rovers defense gives Parkin a chance to lob Davies which goes wide it was apparent that if York were going to score it would be through a defensive error.
On 65 minutes Cook came on to great applause the front two of Norwood and Mangan had got very little change out of the York back four Micky Mellon hoped that Cook would bring the much needed first goal.
The crowd of just over 5000 were still behind the team and willing them forward chances were few and far between and on the 90th minute Micky Mellon rolled the dice one more time and bought on Dawson for Harris.
With time running out and the clock now showing injury time was upon us, the crowd feared it would be two points lost against a hard working York City However Rovers had other ideas.
The ball was fed out to Dawson who carried the ball cleverly into midfield allowing the ball then to be fed to Vaughan who crossed in his usual accurate and dangerous manner perhaps the inclusion of Cook tempted the defense into leaving James Norwood in space and from there he wasn’t going to miss. The ball landed in the back of the net to the delight and relief to the Tranmere Faithful.
Sometimes when your struggling at the bottom of the league you concede late goals if like Tranmere you are pushing for promotion and have players confident in their ability backed by a manager they believe in you score late winners these type of games when teams come to defend need to be won if you’re going to win the league with Micky Mellon in charge these games are now being won.
Report by Charlie Martin-Davies.