Bromley 0-1 Tranmere: Report

Tranmere extended their good run of form to four wins in five thanks to a solid 1-0 win at Bromley.

The goal came from the unlikeliest of sources, as Lee Vaughan celebrated making his switch to Prenton Park a permanent one with his first strike in nearly three years.

The right-back was on the end of a Adam Mekki pass in the second half, and he duly thumped home to earn Rovers a well deserved three points.

The visitors made just one change from their remarkable 4-3 win at Barrow a fortnight ago, with James Norwood coming back into the side.

He had missed the game after being sent to hospital minutes before kick off with a stomach complaint.

Blood tests gave him the all clear though, and that allowed Gary Brabin to pick his top scorer, replacing Ben Tomlinson who has returned to his parent club Barnet.

Bromley meanwhile were able to name one of the National League’s most prolific striker’s in their line up – 16 goal Moses Emmanuel.

He, though, was kept quiet by the Rovers back four, as Gary Brabin’s team started on the front foot.

Adam Mekki had the first chance, curling defly past the post from a 25-yard free-kick, before Steve McNulty nodded wide from a corner.

Jay Harris then had the first shot on target, a thumping 30-yard volley which Alan Julian did well to acrobatically tip around the post.

Rovers, indeed, seemed able to pick apart their opponents at will.

They created chance after chance in the first half, with Bromley barely able to cope as the bright yellow shirts swarmed forward.

Putting the ball in the back of the net is the hardest thing to do in football though, and it is something Tranmere have struggled with this season.

Mekki and Norwood missed golden opportunities in the box when they were picked out from the right, both failing to test the ‘keeper from close range.

You could see, though, that the visitors were a class above their opposition.

The likes of Harris, who saw another goalbound shot deflected off target, this time by his own man , was getting acres of space in front of the box, whilst Mekki floated around dangerously too.

The latter created another chance on the half-hour mark, clipping a free-kick towards James Norwood on the penalty spot, only for his well directed header to be tipping away by Julian.

It was not until the 32nd minute that Scott Davies’ goal was threatened and he was left breathing a huge sigh of relief as Emmanuel pounced on a loose ball and fired wide across goal.

He had another go moments later, bursting past three defenders before seeing his shot palmed away.

That was the final chance of the opening 45 minutes as the level of intensity from both sides dropped.

Tranmere though started the second period in much the same manner as the first.

They looked to get the ball forward quickly and were unlucky to see a Mekki cross flash in front of goal, simply begging to be tapped home.

Lois Maynard then came close, driving towards the bottom corner from 20-yards, only for Julian to tip away for a corner.

And the pressure continued as Mekki turned to shoot from inside the box, ony to find the ‘keeper’s legs in between the ball and the back of the net.

It looked like it was going to be another one of those afternoons, one Rovers fans have grown so accustomed to this season, where they dominated games but lacked the killer instinct.

However, with 55-minutes on the clock, they finally got a well-deserved break through.

Mekki was involved again, dancing forward on the right, and when he could not beat his man he laid the ball off to Lee Vaughan on the corner of the box.

From a tight angle, the right-back, who had got forward well all afternoon, slapped home an unstoppable shot that left the ‘keeper flat-footed as it crashed into the net at the far post.

Tranmere now needed to push forward and kill the game off – something they failed to do at Barrow earlier this month.

They sat back though, with chances few and far between.

Indeed, Bromley started to come into the game a bit more, with substitute Alex Wall clipping a header over the bar from close range.

The forward managed to test the ‘keeper with his next effort, a thumping, swirling 30-yard free-kick which Davies did supremely well to hold on to as it swung around in front of him.

Chances were actually at a premium in the late stages, as Rovers defended resolutely.

Emmanuel had one further chance and he forced another good save from Davies, tipping round the post from 20-yards.

And that was enough to guarantee another huge win for Gary Brabin’s men, who continue to push towards the play-off places.

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