MATCH REPORT | Wrexham 2-2 Tranmere Rovers

Macclesfield Town
Posted:Sat 27 Jan 2018

Wrexham and Tranmere shared the points in an entertaining derby in front of a sold-out Racecourse on Saturday

The away side took an early lead through defender Ritchie Sutton after a quick start, but were immediately pegged back by goals from Scott Quigley and a Chris Holroyd penalty.

Tranmere's Andy Cook levelled on the stroke of half-time, and his header proved to be the final goal in the top-of-the-table clash.

It was the visitors that began on top, probing for an early breakthrough in front of their vocal travelling support. Chris Dunn was required to make a low save inside ten minutes with Josh Ginnelly's long-range effort heading for the bottom corner.

And they were in front moments later, Sutton reacting first to a lose ball in the box to convert from an inswinging corner.

Wrexham's response was instant. Quigley received the ball from Scott Boden in the box, turned and fired a left-footed shot past Rhys Taylor to level.

In a blistering start to the game, the Reds were ahead just four minutes later and Tranmere's fans were silenced. Shaun Pearson was pulled down in the box, a penalty was awarded and Holroyd converted clinically from the spot.

Having turned the game on its head, Wrexham appeared confident. But the away side came close just after the half hour mark when Dunn was forced into a stretching save to keep out a goal-bound header.

Tranmere did bring the game level again just before-half time, from another set-piece. Cook climbed highest to meet a free-kick and headed into the top corner.

Wrexham looked to assert their authority on Tranmere in the early stages of the second-half, and goalkeeper Taylor was nearly caught out as he spilled a fairly tame header towards goal.

Dean Keates' side continued to pressure their opposition, Quigley forcing another save from Taylor with a left-footed strike. At the other end, Connor Jennings twice worked space on the left-hand side but couldn't pick out a teammate.

It seemed increasingly likely that the next goal would be the winner as the half progressed. Both sides had tired and the game had grown scrappy.

Wrexham were given a warning with a little over ten minutes remaining when Adam Buxton fired a free-kick just over the bar. And Tranmere came even closer when James Norwood was played through, only to be denied by the onrushing Dunn.

That proved to be the final opportunity for the away side, while the Reds were awarded a late free-kick which ultimately came to nothing.

Wrexham: Dunn, Roberts, Smith, Pearson, Jennings (Raven 06), Rutherford (Mackreth 85), Wedgbury, Kelly, Holroyd, Quigley (Wright 90+2), Boden.
Subs: Dibble, Hurst.

Tranmere: Taylor, Buxton, Ridehalgh Sutton, McNulty, Harris, Cook, Norwood, Jennings, Norburn, Ginnelly (Clarke 73).
Subs: Pilling, Dunn, Kirby, Hughes.

Referee: Andrew Millar (Co Durham)
Attendance: 8,471
Away: 1,773

Holroyd (33, foul)
Tranmere: Norburn (43, foul), Cook (45+1, ungentlemanly), McNulty (90, foul)


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