Season 2 – Cup Runs?

 

Welcome back and I know a few of you will probably want to know if Brighton approached us or not! Well we had an interview but in the end they chose someone else but since then we have had more offers coming mainly from Scotland and teams around us and also Aston Villa are interested. In the coming games we do have teams near the bottom who will be fighting for survival along with a FA Cup game and a Checkatrade trophy game against Wigan! Cup run anyone..? Or will our defence be terrified of Will Grigg..?

 

Plymouth – Home – League – 2nd V 16th

 

We dominated the opening 20 minutes having shot after shot but it was Plymouth who took the lead from an own goal. A cross from wide right hits Miller and goes in. We get the equaliser when Gribbin poaches the ball off Green and drives it across the keeper and in to the far corner. Abreu then gives us the lead minutes later after a corner is played short to Wallace and his shot deflects off Abreu at the front post. It doesn’t take long before Plymouth are level as a shot from Long on the edge of the area goes through Davies’s hands. Lee gets the winner late on when he gets the ball from a corner and fires it in to the bottom corner.

 

FC Halifax – Away – FA Cup First Round

 

We put out a fairly rotated side for our FA Cup game against Halifax. We open the scoring just after half hour when Norburn slides the ball between two defenders for Waring to tuck past the keeper. De Girolamo doubles our lead in injury time after their keeper spills a shot from Buxton in to the path of De Girolamo to tap in. A dominant win in the cup but could of really done with finishing the game off earlier in the game.

 

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Wigan – Away – Checkatrade Trophy

 

We get off to the perfect start when Gribbin puts us in front inside a minute. The goal comes after Oakley-Boothe squares the ball to Gribbin on the edge of the area and he drills it past the keeper. Will Grigg puts Wigan on level terms when he heads home a cross from Berry. Wigan then take the lead in the second half and it’s Grigg again when Dunkley plays a ball over the top and Grigg rounds the keeper and rolls it in. McDonnell gets our second with 5 minutes to go with a tap in at the back post from a corner. With the game being a draw it went to penalties which we won 4-1.

 

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Notts County – Away – League – 11th V 2nd

 

Devarn Green puts us in front against the run of play as he runs across his defender and taps a Vyner cross in at the near post. Abreu doubles our lead just after half time when Wallace lays it off for him to curl it round the keeper and in to the back of the net. Green gets his second of the game when the keeper doesn’t come for the ball and he taps in to an empty net at the back post.

 

Forest Green – Home – League – 2nd V 18th

 

We go in front early on when Vyner follows up his first shot with a chip ball over the keeper to give us the lead. Forest Green equalise within minutes when we allow James to turn in the area and fires the ball in to the top corner. Walker puts us back in front when the ball falls to him after the keeper can only push a shot away and he pokes it home.

 

Crawley – Away – League – 23rd V 2nd

 

A really strange result as we were the better team but come away with a defeat. Green puts us in front after a mix up from their keeper and defender and Green robs the ball and tucks it in to an empty net. Abreu gets our second minutes later when Gribbin plays him in on goal and slides it under the keeper. Crawley pull one back when they play a short free kick to Plummer in the area and smashes it past the keeper. We concede a penalty which Doherty scores by putting it in to the roof of the net. They then take the lead late on when a cross is put in to McNerney to head home unmarked at the back post.

 

Results:

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Fixtures:

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Table:

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We are still fighting for promotion! What a season this is turning in to and I never thought in pre season we would be fighting for the title. We are also in to the next round of both the FA Cup (MK Dons) and the Checkatrade Trophy (Lincoln) so maybe we could go on a cup run in one of them which would be nice. Gribbin is still putting in some amazing performances and our main front three are all performing amazingly. I never knew what to expect from Abreu as his first season in English football. We are coming up to the Christmas period and then on to the January transfer window but I don’t think I will sign anyone unless someone is out injured for a long time or a player is available that would massively improve our side but we have limited transfer and wage budget.  The next update will be a bit of a longer one as I look to try and keep this journey going as I know a lot of people don’t like to read how we are struggling in League 2/1 for season after season as it would get boring. It was good to see Tyler Walker getting back on the score sheet, he has been hit and miss this season and I have left him out of the starting 11 most of the season as his performances have been shocking but hopefully he can kick on and get back to how he was last season.

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Season 2 – Frustrating Times

 

We are top of the league! Can we keep it up as we get closer to the midway point of the season where there is more games in shorter space of time. We have a good side now and we should now be able to finish around the play offs but the league is still so tight anything could happen. Some tough games coming up as well as a Checkatrade trophy group game. DoctorBenjy would be proud of one of the upcoming games…

Port Vale – Home – League – 1st V 14th

A boring game until around the last ten minutes when we saw two goals. A game we dominated from start to finish and really should of won had we not conceded in the dying seconds. We take a deserved lead in the second half when the ball is played in to Luis Alberto on the edge of the area and slides Green in to fires across the goalkeeper and in to the far corner. Port Vale get a late equaliser when a cross finds Ellis at the back post to tap in.

 

Swindon – Away – League – 15th V 1st

We are shown a straight red early on when Wood is sent off for a two footed tackle. Swindon take the lead from our own mistake when Bobby loses the ball on the edge of the area to Mullin who lobs it over him and in to the back of the net. Swindon get a second after they break away down the left before pulling it back to Aribo to tap in. Their third goal is exactly the same type of goal as the come down the right this time before pulling it back to El Mhassani to shoot and it takes a deflection off Vyner. The game is evened up when Swindon go down to ten men with Amoros getting a second yellow. Swindon get a fourth after we can’t clear the ball and Sterling curls in to the far corner from just inside the area.

 

Port Vale – Home – Checkatrade Trophy

We take the lead just after 20 minutes against a very defensive Port Vale side. A cross from the byline from Abreu hits Ellis and goes in. We get a second before half time after we break away down the right with Abreu beating two players before crossing to Waring to tuck home. A much better better performance this time out than the last time we played them.

 

Doncaster – Home – League – 1st V 20th

What a roller coaster of a game this would be! Doncaster have a goal disallowed early on when a shot takes a slight deflection off Mandeville who was offside. We do get the opening goal and it comes from Gribbin, Lee rolls the ball to him and he fires a rocket of a shot in to the top corner. Abreu gets our second after Gribbin plays a ball over the defence for Abreu to tuck in to the corner. Doncaster manage to pull one back early in the second half when Byrne heads home from a Moha cross. Gribbin gets his second of the game with a low driven shot from the edge of the area which finds the bottom corner. Our fourth comes from De Girolamo and his first for the club after Green pulls it back for Diego to curl in to the far post. Doncaster get a second and again it is Byrne with a header from a cross. He then gets his hat trick and a hat trick of headers as heads home from a corner at the front post. They then win a soft penalty late on but it is saved by Bobby as it’s fired straight at him. Donacaster then equalise when their keeper hoofs the ball up to Mandeville to take a touch and tuck it under Bobby and get a share of the points.

 

Coventry – Away – League – 12th V 1st

A poor result against a very average Coventry side. Coventry score inside 20 minutes as Emmanuel-Thomas is free at the back post to poke past the keeper. They double their lead early in the second half after they counter and Jones crosses in to Redan to head past Bobby. Redan gets his second of the game after he beats two of our defenders on the edge of the area before poking it under the keeper.

 

Stevenage – Home – League – 2nd V 16th

Callum Gribbin puts us in front in what would be a dominant first half performance. The goal comes after he plays a one two with Green before firing it past the keeper. He then turns provider minutes later as he puts a low ball across the 6 yard line for Abreu to flick in. Gribbin is involved again as he gets his second of the game when Abreu lays it off to him and he fires it through the keepers hands and in to the back of the net. We win a penalty on the half hour mark and Gribbin cooly puts it in to the bottom corner for his hat trick. Stevenage get in the game in the second half when Samuel smashes the ball past Bobby at his near post. Wordsworth gets our fifth goal from a free kick which takes a slight deflection off the wall to beat the keeper. Abreu gets his second and our sixth late on when the ball falls to him in the area to poke home.

 

Southend – Away – League – 8th V 1st

A really fucking boring game. Little highlights and hardly any chances at goal from either side. Both teams cancelled each other out as it was very scrappy with both sides getting players booked. Either team could of won it had they put their shots on target. We could of possibly won it mid way in the second half but as a shot from Abreu beats the keeper but clips the post and goes out.

 

Results:

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Fixtures:

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Table:

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Well didn’t we bottle that game against Doncaster! A really mixed month from us as we have dropped points against teams we could of beaten. It still amazes me how competitive we are in our first season as I thought we would struggle more but yet we find ourselves still at the top fighting for the title. Abreu is still scoring goals and Gribbin has really stepped up and has shown his class with some amazing performances recently and also scoring 5 in his last 7 as well as setting up goals. Rumours have been going round recently that Brighton want me as manager!? They haven’t approached me yet but I’m already slightly thinking about it. They are struggling the Championship around 19th place. Do we go or do we stay? Do we leave a team fighting for promotion and go to a team where the best is probably mid table? Or do we stay till the end of the season and go somewhere else? Brighton are a bigger club compared to Tranmere and this is a journeyman and they would be a massive step up.. What would you do?? Stay or Leave… They may not even approach me or offer me the job!

Season 2 – Better Than Expected..

 

A few games in to the season we are currently sitting top of League 2 and knocked Nottingham Forest out of the Carabao Cup before narrowly losing to Barnsley in the next round. Transfer deadline day has been and gone and we did do some deals which I will get to in a minute. I know it’s still very early in the season but we have performed far better than I expected and should we continue a good run of form early on then that will get rid of the worry of getting relegated straight back down. What a signing Abreu has been as well, I feel like I’ve managed him before but he has come in to a new club in a new country and been one of our best players with either scoring goals or setting them up for others.

Cohen Bramall – Loan – First signing of deadline day was a left back. Cohen comes in with bags of pace and potential.

Anthony Wordsworth – Free Transfer – Anthony comes in to add depth to our midfield which I felt we lacked and he has solid stats for this league and will possibly be one of our key players this season.

Luis Alberto – Free Transfer – Bit of an unknown signing much like Abreu was but again like Wordsworth has very good stats. Will be a back up for now but if he performs well when he plays he’ll start in games.

 

Barnet – Away – League – 12th V 1st

After a very boring opening 40 minutes the game came to life and saw the first goal of the game. We take the lead in bizarre fashion when the keeper comes to the edge of his area to pick up the ball but misses it leaving Gribbin to square to Walker to tap in to an empty goal. We double our lead early in the second half after Bobby hoofs the ball over everyone for Abreu to run on to and curl past the keeper. Barnet pull one back not long after our second when Tarpey finds Akinde in space in the area to head past Bobby.

 

Burnley Under 23’s – Home – Checkatrade Trophy Group B

We came up against a strong Burnley side and it would soon turn in to a crazy game. Burnley shown their quality early on before going ahead when a whipped ball in from the right finds Wells to slide in a poke it in. We weren’t behind for long as Walker beats his defender before floating a ball in to the area for Abreu to head down and past the keeper at the back post. Burnley win a penalty when Wells is ‘pushed over’ but Bobby saves it Defour’s shot which was straight down the middle. We take advantage of the missed penalty by taking the lead as a corner is played to Wallace on the edge of the area who drills it towards goal and it takes a deflection off Jumeau and goes in. Abeu gets his second when he gets on the end of a cross from Bramall to tuck in at the near post. Burnley soon get a second in the game when Bobby drops a corner in to his own goal and couldn’t clear it quick enough before it crossed the line. Burnley then equalise after we can’t clear our area and Cropper fires home past Bobby at his near post. Abreu gets his hat trick when Bobby plays a long ball over the top for him to take a touch and dinks it over the onrushing keeper. Green comes off the bench and kills the game when he gets our fifth of the game when Gribbin plays him in on goal to fire across the keeper and in to the bottom corner. Green gets a second late on and again it’s Gribbin with the assist when he slides him in to put the ball between the keepers legs.

 

Lincoln – Home – League – 1st V 15th

We make the perfect start when we take the lead inside 30 seconds. The ball is played out to Walker on the right who crosses it in to Abreu who makes a late run to the front post to flick past the keeper. Lincoln win a penalty in the second half which Bostwick fires in to the top right corner to pull level. Gribbin puts us back in front when Green nods a ball down to him to side foot in to the bottom corner. Green gets our third and kills the game off after a ball is half cleared to Green who takes a touch and drills it in to the bottom corner.

 

Accrington – Away – League – 8th V 1st

Abreu gives us the lead just after the half hour mark when the ball bounces around the area from a corner and Abreu reacts quickest to poke it past the keeper. We get a second goal shortly after when Abreu slides the ball between two defenders for Gribbin to curl it past the keeper. A boring second half with little highlights saw us come away with the three points.

 

Cheltenham – Away – League – 2nd V 1st

Top of the table clash against Cheltenham. We take the lead after a tight opening 20 minutes when Walker plays a one two with Oakley-Boothe and tucks it under the keeper. We get a second goal of the game when Gribbin whips a free kick in to the area for Oakley-Boothe to head in at the back post. We score a third with ten minutes to go when Abreu flicks a corner on to Wordsworth to tap in. Cheltenham pull one back instantly after they break away down the right and cross in to Wright to tuck in to the corner. A nervy ending to the game as Cheltenham win a penalty late on which Wright scores when he fires it in to the bottom corner.

 

Crewe – Home – League – 1st V 14th

Our first defeat comes at to home to FMU’s Crewe. The first time this season where we had one of those games where we couldn’t take our chances. Crewe take the lead when Wood loses his man at a cross and Reilly volleys past the keeper. Reilly gets his second of the game just after the hour mark when hes in one on one with Bobby and he slots it in to the corner. We do manage to get in the game and pull one back when Vyner puts a ball across the 6 yard line and Wallace taps it in at the back post.

 

Gillingham – Away – League – 3rd V 1st

Our second game without a win as we get a draw away at Gillingham. We take the lead early on when a corner is played short to Wallace on the edge of the area and curls it in to the far corner (Izquierdo v West Ham kind of goal). Gillingham equalise when a cross hits the back of Grandison and wrong foots Bobby to go in. We did have a chance ti win it late on but Abreu’s shot clipped the post and went out. Another game where we’ve dropped points which is a bit frustrating but we are a newly promoted team.

 

Results:

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Fixtures:

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Table:

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Our good form continues and hopefully the slight dip in the last couple of games won’t continue much longer. Despite losing our first game we still sit top of the table two points clear. We continue to look a very good side and our aim for mid table/top half finish is looking more likely after every game. All the new signings have settled in well and are all performing above and beyond leading us to be top. I am expecting our form to dip as in a league like this every game is difficult and anyone can beat anyone. I am pleased with the squad and yes you can always improve it but with the budget we have we have some very good players and the more we continue to improve as a manager and a club the better quality of player will want to join.

 

 

Season 2 – Pre Season, Transfers & The Opening Day

 

Welcome back! We start our second season at Tranmere and hopefully we can have a pretty decent season in League 2 and I am fairly confident we can stay up but you never know until you’ve started the season. We have brought in a few players to help strengthen the side and add depth and hopefully be more competitive in a better league. I am going to do this season slightly different to how I have blogged before and if it works I will keep it this way as I will now do it in monthly or two months updates if we don’t have many games etc.. Let’s take a look at the team and our new signings as well as a quick look at our pre season results before we kick off the first few games of the season. In pre season we were 14th favourite to win the league at 75-1 which would be about right for a newly promoted side.

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Team

Scott Davies – Will be our number two after we brought Bobby in. Scott is a solid keeper and should perform well this season when called upon.

Adam Buxton – Another player who will be a back up for this season and another solid player and he gives us more options with being able to play on the left or right of defence.

Zak Vyner – We managed to secure him for the season from Bristol City which I am pleased with as I feel he can develop well here as well as he can help us. Performed well last season leading to us retaining him for another year.

Jay McEveley – Jay will be our back up centre back after we brought in better players for the position and he is a good back up for penalties which we found out last season!

Callam Jones – Callam is a player I am currently looking to loan as I feel he will be better off playing regularly rather than sitting on our bench but a player than can perform when asked to play.

Jamie Reckford – Will be our first choice unless someone better joins the club. He has good pace to get up and down the wing with the style of football we play.

Adam McDonnell – Another player we have kept of for another season after helping us to the title last season. He will hopefully be a regular in midfield should he stay fit. Pleased to keep him for another season. (Highly recommend if in League 2/National League).

James Wallace – Performed well last season and has kept his place in the team. Has good stats and should be comfortable at this level.

Wayne Bartle – A youth player you will find more about in the first couple of games in. Promoted to the first team due to a rule in the league.

Ollie Norburn – Ollie will be a back up midfield after we have strengthened with a couple of signings in his position. May look to move him on.

Jack Dunn – Mr long ranger himself. Will play back up to Gribbin but will get game time as he has good stats and a player that performs well.

Devarn Green – My boy! May have to loan him out after we have brought in a couple of strikers with more quality than we had last season. May come off the bench in games should we need pace.

Tyler Walker – We managed to keep Tyler for another season as well after I was impressed by him while on loan for a short time last season. Will hopefully contribute with the goals and assists again and keep developing in to a solid player for the football league.

Transfers

Olly Lee (Free) – A DOF signing but one that I was fine to sign as he has good stats and football league experience which is something I was looking to add with our new signings.

Lloyd Jones (Season loan) – Joined on loan for the season and is possibly to good for this level and hopefully he can show that with good performances this season.

Jermaine Grandison (Free) – A solid player for this level and will partner Lloyd at the back which imo is a good centre back partnership. Another player with plenty of football league experience.

Callum Gribbin (Season loan) – What a signing! Got him on loan till the end of the season. A player everyone signs but he always performs well and another who is to good for this level of football.

Bobby Olejnik (Free) – Bobby! He will be our first choice keeper unless he makes plenty of mistakes then Scott will replace him. Good stats and plenty of experience again.

Fabio Abreu (5k) – Bit of an unknown signing but he looks a very good player overall when looking at his stats. Could be a bit of a bargain signing?

Jamie Thomas (Free) – Jamie has come in and will be a back up striker to Abreu and Walker along with Devarn. Has potential to be a better player so will hopefully develop with game time.

Will Wood (Free) – Another DOF signing and one I delayed for a while. He has come in and done better than expected and kept Reckford out of the side for now.

Gary Miller (Free) – Came in on trial for pre season and was solid in defence in the games he playes. Signed him on a one year deal for back up to Vyner.

Diego De Girolomo (Free) – Another striker brought in on a free but Diego can also play in behind the strikers if needed. Good stats for this level and a player that always scores against me!

Tashan Oakley-Boothe (6 month loan) – DOF Signed him on loan till January. A good young player with lots of potential and already looks a good player. May try and keep him till end of the season if he plays well.

Pre Season

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A solid pre season with our only defeat coming against a strong Liverpool side which is kind of expected! A surprising win at home to Wigan was pleasing to see as well as being unbeaten in our other games. Assistant managed these games as usual and we had chance to look at a few trialists during the games.

 

Chesterfield – Home – League – 21st V 6th

Opening day of the season and a chance to get off to a good start. Chesterfield thought they had taken the lead but it was ruled offside which got our players more determined to get a goal. We do get the opening goal late in the first half and Abreu gets it on his debut when Wallace finds him in space in the area to tuck it past the keeper at his near post. A more dominant second half from us and we get a deserved second goal when Green controls a corner and pokes home from a tight angle. We get a third late on and it’s the youngster Bartle on his debut with a rocket in to the top corner from 30 yards out! Not bad for a youngster..

 

Nottingham Forest – Away – Carabao Cup 1st Round

Forest win a penalty just after 20 minutes which Cummings puts in to the top left corner to give them a deserved lead. We tried to go more attacking in the second half and it worked as we leveled against the run of play. Green gets two in two when he heads home a cross from Wood. Forest soon retake the lead when a shot from Dasilva is hit so fast that Bobby doesn’t move to try and save it. We equalise again when Wallace places a first time shot in to the top corner from the edge of the area from a short free kick. Jack Dunn gives us the winner late on when he has a shot that hits the post but he reacts quickest to tap in at the second attempt. We end the game with ten men when Grandison is shown a second yellow for pulling at Cummings shirt.

 

Exeter – Away – League – 1st V 4th

Exeter take an early lead when Stockley heads home a cross at the front post. We win a penalty after Abreu is tripped in the area but Miller fires it straight down the middle at the keeper. He makes up for the penalty with a goal when Gribbin whips a free kick to the back post for Miller to head in. Exeter go down to ten men in the first half when Stockley is shown a straight red for a late tackle on Wood. We then get a man sent off when Norburn is shown a second yellow minutes in to the second half. Green doubles our lead when he robs the ball off their defender before curling it past the keeper. Gribbin gets our third with ten minutes to go when the ball deflects off a defender and falls to him in the 6 yard area to tap in.

 

Leyton Orient – Home – League – 1st V 21st

We get the first goal of the game with our first shot when a shot from Boothe takes a deflection off Tutonda and goes in. Olly Lee gets our second in injury time after a free kick from Gribbin smashes the post and Lee is there to tap it in. We get a third of the game when Gribbin switches the ball wide right for Vyner who takes a touch and fires it past the keeper. Orient score a second own goal of the game and again it is from a Boothe shot which hits the knee of Sammut which wrong foots the keeper and goes in. They do manage to pull one back when De Silva has space in the area to control and cross and side foot it past Bobby.

 

Barnsley – Away – Carabao Cup 2nd Round

After beating Forest we had half a chance of doing the same to Barnsley. A strong opening ten minutes from us as we looked to get and early goal and we probably should have when Abreu smacks the post with a curling shot. Barnsley take a deserved lead in the second half when a corner isn’t cleared and is nodded down to Lindsay to tap in. Their lead doesn’t last long as Walker gets a goal when Norburn finds him in the area to fire past the keeper from a tight angle. James Wilson puts them through to the next round when a short free kick is played to him on the edge of the area and he rifles it in to the bottom corner. Another day and we could of won this game.

 

Results

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Fxtures

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Table

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We have made a good start to the season and we currently sit top of the league after three games! My aim for the season is to finish around mid table/top half finish and the board are expecting to finish mid table. We have made some good signings despite having barely any budget to use which is why a lot of them are free transfers. We have started much better than I expected and even knocked Forest out of the cup and came close at Barnsley. We have made some good signings who have helped us step up a level and we already look a better side. I obviously don’t expect us to stay at the top end of the table but if we can keep this run going then we will soon put to bed the chance of going straight back down. I am still looking to bring in another player or two in defence and centre mid but only if we can find the right player. The next update will be for the next month of games like I said and I may continue that trend for the season as it may get through the season quicker. Bit of a longer blog from me as we went through the team and new signings…Sorry! Let’s see where this season takes us and who knows where we will finish.

 

Thanks for reading.

Season 1 Finale – Do We Or Don’t We?

 

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.

 

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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.

 

Results:

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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.

 

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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!

Season 1 – Champions?

 

We really need to continue getting back in to the winning mentality after a couple of shit results lately which could of been avoided. We have been knocked out of all the cups so we can now focus all our efforts on to the league and continuing to aim for the title which we look set to achieve so far. We have a couple of big games coming up and one of them is Leyton Orient who we have been swapping places with all season as they are fighting for promotion along with us. We haven’t signed anyone else as of yet and no one has been sold either which could change come the end of the season. We also have youth intake coming up which is always interesting at this level, I am not hoping for a world beater but if we have a solid player or two that could get in the first team then it is a positive and we will try and develop them the best we can.

 

Wrexham – Away – League – 11th V 1st

A tough game against a good non league side. We open the scoring in the 20th minute when Embleton plays a long ball over the top from the halfway line to Green who pulls it back for Walker to tap in from a couple of yards out. McDonnell doubles our lead with a lovely first time finish in to the top corner from the edge of the area. Green gets our third after Buxton plays a ball over the defence for Green to run on to and round the keeper before rolling it home.

 

Ebbsfleet – Home – League – 1st V 14th

A boring game on the whole with us creating all the chances in the first half with Green and Walker having the best chances but firing straight at the keeper in one v one situations. We started the second half much better and could of taken the lead in the first few minutes when Jones heads a corner against the bar. We do finally get the goal and it comes from Green after Waring flicks the ball on for Green to fire past the keeper from 6 yards out.

 

Leyton Orient – Away – League – 3rd V 1st

An even opening 20 minutes against a strong side and a team we are fighting for promotion but are currently under performing. Walker puts us in front after Embleton chips the ball to Walker to volley home on the penalty spot. Devarn Green doubles our lead early in the second half when he gets across his defender to head home a cross from walker. Leyton Orient get in to the game with a goal of their own late in injury time when a corner falls to Bonne to tuck home from close range.

 

Bromley – Home – League – 1st V 19th

A shit start from us as Bromley take the lead early on when we can’t clear the ball properly and it gets put back in to the area for Holland to head past the keeper. We pull level with a goal from Walker after a shot from Green is saved and falls to Walker at the far post to tap in. We take the lead minutes later when Wallace puts a low ball in to the area from the left and Walker pokes it home. Bromley go down to ten men when Rees is shown a second yellow for a late tackle. Fox gets his first for the club and our third of the game with a rocket of a volley in to the roof of the net from a Buxton cross.

 

Macclesfield – Home – League – 1st V 14th

How did we not score in this game!? A dominant game from us from start to finish against a very defensive Macclesfield side. We ended the game with nine men after Reckford is shown a second yellow for a late tackle from behind and Buxton is the next to be shown a second yellow for pushing a player. Really frustrating game as we had enough chances to come away with three points.

 

Maidstone – Away – League – 17th V 1st

Another poor result against a side we really should be beating but it didn’t help we had to field a make shift defence after the last games sending offs. We win a penalty just after 20 minutes when Walker is pulled down in the area and McDonnell steps up and puts it in to the top right corner. Maidstone reply instantly when a cross falls to Hinchliffe at the back post to tap in. They then take the lead when Lewis isn’t marked at a corner and heads the ball home at the near post. Hinchliffe gets his second when he is free in the area after beating two defenders to curl past the keeper. Loza makes it 4-1 seconds in to the second half after his first shot hits the bar he reacts quickest to chip it over the keeper who couldn’t get back up in time. We get a second of the game when a deep cross finds Walker at the back post to head home. They finish us off when Loza gets his second with a header from a free kick in to the bottom corner. We manage to get a third goal thanks to Jones who is played in to fire past the keeper but it wasn’t enough.

 

Results:

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Youth Intake

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Are we close to being crowned champions or will we bottle it? With the games running out and despite our poor results every now and then which is a given at this level I can’t see us dropping enough points to lose top spot (we will now bottle the title!). Walker who we signed on loan from Nottingham Forest is still performing well and continuing to bang in the goals along with my man Devarn Green! The result against Maidstone was so frustrating as we had plenty of chances to double our lead before they had a handful of chances and finished us off. We have had the anticipated youth intake and as somewhat expected at this level it wasn’t great but we do have a couple of players who could develop in to decent players so we will have to wait and see how they develop in the coming seasons.

Season 1 – Goals At Christmas

 

It’s CHHRIISSTMAASSS! Christmas is always a tough time for English football teams with a lot of games in a short time and it’s even harder for non league sides like us. We are really beginning to pick our form up again as we look to take back top spot and we also have the chance of progressing in the FA Trophy with a game against Welling. We have managed to bring in a player on loan in Zak Vyner from Bristol City after we lost Magloire who went back to Blackburn as we couldn’t extend his loan. We may have to look at rotating a couple of players in the next few games if they are looking tired with the next three games within a week.

 

 

Zak Vyner – Season Loan

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AFC Fylde – Home – League – 2nd V 10th

 

A one sided game and we did everything we could in the first half to get a goal but their keeper stopped everything that was hit at him. We do manage to open the scoring in the second half when Dunn switches the ball out wide to Buxton who whips it in to the area and on to Walker’s head and finds the back of the net. We double our lead about ten minutes later when Ridehalgh puts a ball over the top for Green to run on to and slide under the keeper. Walker gets his second and our third when Dunn plays Walker in on goal and tucks it in at the near post.

 

Guiseley – Home – League – 1st V 4th

 

We continue our good run when Norburn gives us an early lead. Our opener comes when Fox heads the ball down to Norburn on the edge of the area and curls it in to the bottom corner. We get a second with a beautiful free kick from Ridehalgh which bends up and over the wall and in to the top corner. Walker makes it three nil early in the second half with a rocket of a shot in to the back of the net from 20 yards out. Green wins us a penalty late on which McEveley fires in to the left hand side of the net to make it four nil.

 

AFC Fylde – Away – League – 18th V 1st

 

Jack Dunn puts us in front after Norburn plays the ball over the defence for Dunn to control it and take it round the keeper to tap home. Walker doubles our lead just after half hour when Green whips a ball from the left in to Walker who pokes home from six yards out. Again we win a penalty late on after Dunn is pulled to the floor and again McEveley steps up and tucks it in to the bottom right corner.

 

Barrow – Away – League – 14th V 1st

 

We dominated the game from start to finish but were unable to take our chances and Barrow punished us for that. Barrow get the only goal of the game when a free kick is put in to the area from Fitzpatrick on the right and James heads home at the near post. A disappointing result and performance from us and a game we could of won but never turned up.

 

Welling – Away – FA Trophy 2nd Round

 

Another shocking performance in front of goal as we get knocked out of the cup by Welling. Welling took full advantage of our average performance from a much rotated side and get the winning goal when the ball is put in to the area from the right and Bojaj slides in at the back post to poke the ball in to the goal. A really frustrating game as we could of gone far in this competition.

 

Maidenhead – Home – League – 1st V 5th

 

Our bad luck continued early in to our game against Maidenhead as Norburn is shown a straight red in the third minute for a tackle from behind. Despite being down to ten men we do manage to win the game and Green is the man to get the opening goal. The goal comes after we break away down the left with Walker before sliding Green in and firing past the keeper from just inside the area. We double our lead early in the second half after Walker heads a cross straight at the keeper but reacts quickest to score at the second attempt. Vyner makes it three with his first for the club when a corner is flicked on and he is at the back post to head home.

 

Results:

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We have had a good time over Christmas and the New Year period winning our three games but we had a shocking opening to 2018 after Fylde with us losing to Barrow and getting knocked out of the cup by Welling. Our performances have been really hit and miss of late which has shown in our results and maybe I am to blame with not rotating enough but we did manage to get back to winning ways against Maidenhead. We are in the transfer window and at one point it looked like we was going to lose Jack Dunn to Walsall after we negotiated a fee over 100k for him, he rejected their contract and wanted to stay which was a huge relief as he has been a key player this season. 100k doesn’t sound much but for a club at our level it can go along way to keeping us out of debt. There are still a couple of days left in the window and we may look to bring in a player or two if we feel they are right for the club. Walker has come in and done superbly scoring five in five! We are back top of the league though as Leyton Orient have also been having dodgy performances and dropping points and also dropping to third in the league. Larnell Cole is another player we are close to losing as he is out of contract and wants silly amounts which we can’t afford.