Tranmere Rovers v Boreham Wood - by Luke Kavanagh

Saturday 26th August 2017, Prenton Park.

Referee : Paul Marsden.

On a beautiful Saturday bank holidayweekend, Prenton Park and the pitch itself glistened in the sun as Rovers looked to kick start their season with a much needed home win and 3 points.

The teams shook hands and Boreham Wood got the match underway with Rovers attacking the Cowshed end.

The game began with a shaky start by the Rovers and following a mix up by jay McEVELEY on the edge of the area resulting in him losing the ball to the opposing striker,  Scott DAVIES made amends with a fine blocked saved before commandingly smothering the ball.

Spurred on by tremendous support from The Kop's Super White Army and the banging beat of the drums, Rovers began to find their rhythm as they win a corner, ALABI looking first his first goal at Prenton Park narrowly misses a headed opportunity from a RIDEHALGH corner.

A lack of opportunities followwith both sides canceling themselves out in the middle of the park as Tranmere begin to feel their way into the game.

Good build up play down the left results in a great chance for RIDEHALGH on the left handside of the box, but he scuffs his shot and the keeper gathers comfortably.

Rovers finish the half strongly and looking the team most likely to score.

The second half begins with Rovers attacking the Kop end and a moment of controversy quickly takes place as NORBURN skips past a defender and strikes at goal, the ball seems to kiss the cross bar and bounce on the line. A goal mouth scramble takes place with ferious appeals from the Kopas to whether the ball has crossed the lineor whether the ball strikes a Boreham Wood hand as the ball is cleared long into Tranmere's half. A quick counter attack takes place leaving McNULTY exposed at the back, as the attacker races into the box, he goes down and the referree points to the penalty spot claiming contact from McNULTY who also recieves a yellow card.

53mins, ANDRADE steps up to take the penalty and cooly slots home past DAVIES.

Tranmere Rovers 0 - 1Boreham Wood .

Rovers are stunned by the goal and quickly look to level with HUGHES hitting a long range strike which whistles past the post.

Andy COOK comes on to replace ALABI and quickly chases down a loose ball in the area but the ball is cleared, the crowd seem up lifted by the presence of COOK.

MANGAN replaces JENNINGS as Tranmere appear to go all out for an equaliser however with Rovers pushing on in the final third a Boreham Wood midfielder is left with acres of space in the middle of the park as twists and turns the Rovers defence before curling a brilliant shot past DAVIES.

Tranmere Rovers 0 -2 Boreham Wood.

Tranmere respond with some good work down the wings by both DUGGAN and RIDEHALGH as they chase their way back into the game.

HUGHES is replaced by HARRIS as Rovers try to find a way of unlocking a solid Boreham Wood defence.

Lovely work from Tranmere who string several passes together before RIDEHALGH sends a loping cross into the box. COOK rises like a tower and thumps a header into the top corner, GAME ON!.

Tranmere Rovers 1 - 2 Boreham Wood.

Tranmere push on in search of an equaliser and find themselves in the area after a blocked shot by HARRIS, COOK finds himself on the ball and slides a perfect ball across the crowded area to MANGAN who strokes the ball into the net to send Prenton Park into uproar, MANGAN rips off his shirt and runs towards the dug out to celebrate with the manager.

Tranmere Rovers 2 - 2 Boreham Wood.

6 Minutes of extra time are indicated by officials and its Tranmere who c ontinue to press for 3 points following a great comeback. DUGGAN whips a ball into the box from the right in the dying moments of the game and NORWOOD rises to glance a header narrowly wide of the Kop goal.

The referee blows his whistle and Prenton Park applaud the players efforts following a superb second half performance.

Game ends

 Tranmere Rovers 2 - 2 Boreham Wood.

Man Of The Match ( Andy Cook, superb header and changed the game with his physical prescence ).

 

Starting Xl

1 Davies,3 Ridehalgh, 4 Sutton, 5 Mcnulty (C), 6 Mcevely, 20 Duggan, 24 Hughes (72 ), 11 Jennings (67 ), 15 Norburn,   10 Norwood,  12 Alabi ( 57 ).

Substitutes:

25 Pilling, 2 Buxton, 8 Harris ( 72 ), 9 Cook ( 57 ) and 19 Mangan ( 67 ).