Rovers Run Riot at Prenton Park - Report by Ben Chillingworth

Cole Stockton and Connor Jennings’ hat-tricks help Tranmere to a 9-0 victory to keep the pressure on Lincoln.

Rovers grew into the game after a quiet start for the first 15 minutes. Cole Stockton hit the woodwork with a chip on the edge of the box. However, the deadlock was broken soon after as Stockton headed a James Norwood cross into the roof of the net.

Stockton grabbed his second 5 minutes later with a superb right footed curler on the edge of the area that nestled in the far corner. He had a brilliant chance to get his hat-trick on 28 minutes, Connor Jennings was brought down in the box and the referee pointed to the spot. Stockton stepped up from 12 yards but his penalty was saved by Lewis in the Solihull goal. He did eventually get his hat-trick however as he slipped a low cross from Liam Ridehalgh under the keeper. 3-0 Rovers half time.

Tranmere were quick to add after the break as Connor Jennings hit a brilliant low shot from 30 yards into the bottom left corner after some sloppy play from both sides in the middle of the park on 48 minutes. Jennings was quick to add his second 2 minutes later as he headed in from a Jeff Hughes’ in swinging corner.

Soon after that goal, Andy Cook replaced Stockton. Stockton receiving a standing ovation for his hat-trick. And just under 20 minutes later, Rovers leading marksman Cook headed home Lee Vaughn’s cross at the back post to move him on to 22 for the season. 6-0 Rovers.

For the next 10 minutes the game played out. Tranmere with all the possession. This didn’t last for long though as Tranmere won a free kick 20 yards out slightly right of centre. Liam Ridehalgh stepped up and curled home a fantastic free kick over the Solihull wall on 84 minutes.

Rovers still looked for more goals, and in the last minute of regular time Connor Jennings grabbed the second hat-trick of the day as he hit a shot, from a tight angle on the right side of the box, with the outside of his boot into the far left corner.

Rovers still weren’t finished as substitute Aaron Collins grabbed a 9 th on his debut for Tranmere with a left footed shot on the edge of the six yard box after some good work from new signing Sousa and Liam Ridehalgh on the left wing.

Tranmere Team:

Davies, Vaughan, Buxton, J Hughes, McNulty, Ridehalgh, Ihiekwe, Harris(Sousa 82), Norwood(Collins 67), C.Jennings, Stockton(Cook 51)

Substitutes:

Mekki, Cook, Turner, Sousa, Collins