Hello! Let’s get straight in to it as we look to finish the season. We are currently top of the league with a small points gap to second but we have enough games left to bottle the title. We do have enough winnable games remaining to get the job done and get us back in to the football league. Can we do it?
Gateshead – Home – League – 1st V 4th
We win a penalty early on when Green is pulled to the floor when he is in on goal. McEveley steps up and smashes it against the inside of the post and it bounces away. He does makes up for the miss when he gives us the lead when Vyner nods a free kick in to his path to tuck past the keeper. Green doubles our lead seconds before half time when Dunn finds Green in space to fire across the keeper and in to the far corner. McEveley is involved again as he concedes penalty which Johnson puts straight down the middle to get a goal back. We get a third and Waring finally finds his scoring boots with a curling effort in to the back of the net from the corner of the area.
Dagenham & Redbridge – Away – League – 9th V 1st
In a first half where Dagenham dominated and had chance after chance to take the lead it was us who take the lead. A route one ball from Jones to Walker who then takes it round the keeper and rolls it home. A quieter second half meaning the game ended 1-0 but Dagenham did look the more likely to get an equaliser than we did getting a second despite having more shots. Our only chance of ending the game was from Green but his shot clipped the bar and went over.
Boreham Wood – Away – League – 19th V 1st
A tough game against a struggling Boreham side and not much happened in the game with only the one goal. Devarn Green is the man to get the only goal of the game just before half time with a volley from outside of the area from a Wallace cross. Another game we dominated but lacked the killer instinct to finish the game off.
Eastleigh – Home – League – 1st V 2nd
One of our bigger games in our remaining games against second place and it was a scrappy game with a lot of tackles leading to yellow cards. Eastleigh take the lead when they win a penalty after McEveley gives away another penalty after pulling Williamson to the floor which McSheffrey puts it straight down the middle. Walker puts us back on level terms early in the second half when Wallace slides him in on goal and he side foots it past the keeper. Togwell retakes the lead for Eastleigh when a free kick is floated in to the area and he has space to volley it past the keeper. We end the game with ten men after McEveley is shown a second yellow for a late tackle. We do get a share of the points in the dying seconds of the game when Cole finds Green with a long ball over the top for him to fire in to the bottom corner.
Dover – Away – League – 14th V 1st
We take the lead in the 15th minute when a corner is cleared to Norburn on the left who squares it to Wallace to drill in to the top corner. Dover had a chance to equalise in the first half when a headed effort was cleared off the line. Wallace gets his second of the game minutes in to the second half when Vyner switches the ball to Wallace to smash home from 30 yards out.
Solihull – Home – League – 1st V 24th
Devarn Green gives us an early lead after he chases down a loose ball before cutting inside and curling it round the keeper and in to the far post. We get a second minutes later after we play it across midfield before Norburn has a pop and watches it fly in to the top corner from 30 yards out. Jack Dunn gets our third of the game when we play a short free kick to Dunn who is 25 yards out and drills it through a group of players and in to the bottom corner. We end the game with ten men again when Wallace is shown a straight red for a two footed tackle. Despite being a man down we get a fourth goal from Dunn with a curling effort from outside the area. Dunn loves a long shot as he gets another one! This time Vyner squares the ball to him and he fires it across the keeper and in to the bottom corner.
Chester – Away – League – 22nd V 1st
We finally get a goal after the first half ended goaless and it was Green who gets it. The goal comes after Buxton whips a cross in from the right and Green tucks it home at the near post. Chester do equalise when Archer heads a cross in off the crossbar. We have a chance to retake the lead from a penalty which Cole steps up and puts in to the top right corner. Jack ‘Long Ranger’ Dunn gets our third but this time it was a tap in on the penalty spot after a corner wasn’t cleared. Walker puts the game to bed when Green puts him in on goal and Walker slides the ball under the keeper. Chester get a second when McCombe heads in at the back post from a corner.
Aldershot – Home – League – 1st V 9th
We started slowly and concede a penalty early on which Fenelon smashes straight down the middle. Aldershot get a second goal in the second half as they get ANOTHER penalty and again Fenelon puts it down the middle. They then get a third when Brymora breaks away from our defence and pokes the ball under the keeper. Our shit performance is made worse when Aldershot get a fourth when Brymora again jumps highest to head a cross in to the far corner. We do finally get a goal in the game when Embleton puts a free kick up and over the wall and in to the bottom corner.
FC Halifax – Away – League – 20th V 1st
A much better performance from us as we return to winning ways and that shows as we take the lead in the game. The goal comes after Buxton runs down the right before pulling it back to Green to tap in at the near post. Devarn gets his second of the game when he gets across his defender and heads home a cross from Buxton. Halifax pull one back when we couldn’t clear a corner and Richards stabs the ball home but it wasn’t enough.
Hartlepool – Home – League – 1st V 7th
We go in the final game of the season as confirmed champions finally! An even first half of the game until we stepped up the gears to take the lead. Green is the scorer when Walker flicks a ball on to Green and cushions the ball in at the back post. Hartlepool get an equaliser early in the second half when Munns drills the ball in to the bottom corner from outside of the area (think Chamberlain V Man City). They then take the lead with 20 minutes to go when a cross falls to Morris to side foot in to the back of the net. We end the game with more men as Hartlepool have a man sent off for a tackle from behind. We finally get the equalising goal when Buxton finds Alabi on the penalty spot to head home.
WE DID IT!! WE ARE CHAMPIONS! An amazing season from all of the boys and we did deserve to be crowned champions after a strong season with us only losing 5 games all season. What a crazy season and we end it with winning the league at the first attempt. I felt we could challenge for top spot but never thought we would win it at our first attempt! We did have a really weird game against Aldershot where we got battered 4-1 out of the blue but it didn’t ruin our performance in the games after.
We end the season champions and broke a few records along the way (most wins/most goals/most points?/top goalscorer and another one I think). We have very little budget for our return to the Football League which is going to be a challenge I am looking forward to as we look to improve this side so we are competitive next season. I am happy at Tranmere but this is a journeyman so if the right club comes along then we may be at a different club in the next blog you read! We could of and probably should of won the FA Trophy had we not had a poor game against Welling but that’s in the past and we look forward to the summer and beyond. What a season! Our first trophy of our career but hopefully not our last….
Thanks for reading as we got Tranmere promoted at the first attempt!