Exeter 1-2 Tranmere: Report

Tranmere’s revival under Micky Adams rolled on for another week as they picked up a vital three points by beating Exeter 2-1.

Jennison Myrie-Williams and Rory Donnelly scored either side of half-time for the visitors as they finally put some breathing space between themselves and the relegation zone.

Rovers, in fact, remain unbeaten in the league in 2015 and have now picked up 18 points from their last nine games.

After drawing with Hartlepool last week, Adams made two changes to his starting line up, with new signing Adam Dugdale replacing the injured Michael Ihiekwe in defence and Myrie-Williams coming in for Shamir Fenelon.

That meant a switch to a 4-4-2 formation, with Lee Molyneux on the left and Myrie-Williams the right.

There was however no Iain Hume, as he had not received his international clearance in time to play.

It was a long journey down for the Tranmere fans, 256 miles to be precise from Prenton Park.

And they were nearly celebrating after three minutes as a long goal kick from Owain Fon Williams caught the wind and went all the way through to Kayode Odejayi.

He ran towards goal, but Christy Pym was quickly off his line to block clear, whilst Lee Molyneux wasted the re-bound with the goal at his mercy.

Moments later, the visitors were forced into an early substitution as Danny Holmes came off injured after colliding with Graham Cummins.

Liam Ridehalgh replaced him, meaning Rob Taylor switched to right-back.

Although chances were thin, Pym had a few heart in mouth moments as a couple of back passes and through balls held up in the sandy pitch and slithered through to the ‘keeper.

At the other end, Fon Williams should have been the busier of the two stoppers for all the possession that Exeter were having.

They were struggling to get past a resilient visiting defence though, with Alex Nicholls reduced to a long-range effort that whistled over the bar.

Then, down at the other end, Tranmere took the lead with only their second real chance of the game.

Myrie-Williams was the scorer with a header from a near impossible angle.

Molyneux swung in a deep cross from the left and found Myrie-Williams, who had drifted in at the back post.

In fact, the winger had nearly run out of play by the time the ball finally dropped on to his head, and he somehow managed to squeeze it under Pym’s legs before it dribbled across the line and in off the post.

Molyneux then slapped a 30-yard effort over the bar before Exeter equalised with a superbly placed free-kick.

Tranmere gave away a cheap foul 22-yards out, allowing the hosts a shot on goal.

And with Fon Williams blinded by his wall, Nicholls was able to powerfully curls into the far bottom corner, past the ‘keeper’s despairing dive.

Max Power then shot powerfully wide from 35-yards before at the other end Exeter nearly grabbed their second.

Nicholls failed to capitalise this time though, as after Power struggled to close him down, he rolled a shot just wide of the far post.

That was the last action of the first half, and after the break Tranmere immediately re-took the lad.

Odejayi, who has been a vital component for Rovers in recent weeks, was involved, holding up play in the area.

He then released a perfectly timed pass to Rory Donnelly, who engineered himself some space before tucking the ball across the ‘keeper and in at the far post.

Taylor then skewed a shot wide at the near post before an ambitious effort from Donnelly off target from a tight angle.

Minutes later, Tranmere should have made it 3-1 from the penalty spot.

Myrie-Williams was released down the right and sprinted into the penalty area before being brought down.

Power stepped up to take the resulting spot-kick, but he was left red faced after a true howler, trying to chip the ball home, only for Pym to stand tall and catch on his line.

Nicholls nearly compounded his misery seconds later, only to slice his powerful effort wide of the near post.

Shamir Fenelon then had another golden opportunity to increase Tranmere’s lead, but he too was misfiring.

The striker, on as a substitute for Myrie-Williams, was wonderfully picked out by Molyneux with a floated cross, but he could not set himself properly and volleyed over when unmarked at the back post.

The closing moments saw Tranmere on the back-foot as Exeter pushed for a winner.

Old-timer Clinton Morrison was thrown up front, and his lay off allowed Aaron Davies a shot that was deflected wide, before a thunderous 22-yard volley from Liam Sercombe cannoned back off the cross bar.

City’s desperation for a goal left space at the back though and Rovers should have sealed the points with just minutes left when Donnelly nicked the ball off teammate Fenelon in the area, only to fire off target.

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