Rovers Defeated at Moss Rose

Tranmere Rovers defeated by Macclesfield after leading twice meaning they drop to second position in the National League.

Micky Mellon named the same side that beat Macclesfield on Boxing Day at Prenton Park.

Tranmere started the most lively having most of the possession with the ball in the Macclesfield half. And their good start was credited with a goal on 10 minutes when Steve McNulty headed home Ben Tollit’s near post corner.

The lead didn’t last for long as Lewis had possession of the ball and found himself in too much space and clipped the ball over Scott Davies for a Macclesfield equaliser. Lewis had another chance soon after but the shot was saved by Scott Davies in the Tranmere goal. A few minutes later Norwood had a chance for Rovers that came back off the post as Jeff Hughes failed to get a touch on the shot that would surely have hit the back of the net.

On 37 minutes Tranmere found themselves in front again as Tollit curled a free kick in from the left wing, which caused many problems, Ritchie Sutton had the ball with his back to goal. He turned brilliantly and fired into the top corner. A deserved lead for Rovers going in to half time.

After the restart, the Silkmen came out the blocks quickly and equalised 5 minutes into the second half as Lewis slipped his marker and headed powerfully into the bottom corner for his second of the game.

Then on 70 minutes, after a lot of Macclesfield pressure the ball fell to Danny Rowe who fired a shot into the bottom left corner. A deserved lead for Macclesfield.

Rovers tried to get back into the game but all they could muster was a Ben Tollit effort that went high and wide. However, the hosts wrapped up the points 7 minutes from the end as Lee Vaughn brought down Holroyd and the referee thought it was a foul so he pointed to the spot. Paul Lewis smashed the spot kick into the top corner to grab his hat-trick.


Davies, Vaughan, Ridehalgh, Kirby(Mekki), Norwood, McNulty, Sutton, Tollitt, Mangan(C.Jennings), Hughes, Wallace(Maynard)


S.Jennings, Mekki, C.Jennings, Turner, Maynard



By Ben Chillingworth