Tranmere 2-2 Aldershot: Mellon pride as Rovers reach Wembley

The smile on Micky Mellon’s face spoke a thousand words. Pride. Joy. Relief. But there is still a job to be done.

The Rovers boss has guided his team to Wembley after a 2-2 draw with Aldershot secured Tranmere’s spot in the National League play-off final.


Of course, they did not do things the easy way. The hosts actually trailed 2-1 just after the break, but their 3-0 win in the first leg gave them an almighty cushion.

And Mellon was thrilled with how his players carried out their duties.

“It’s fantastic that we’ll get the opportunity to fight for the last place out of the division,” he said.

“It’s incredible for us. We’re going to enjoy the fact that we’re there, but very quickly get back down to earth and prepare for an unbelievable final.

“We had a game plan and knew that we had ourselves in front. There was no need to panic.

“We did the job we needed to.

“To get the first goal was great for us and to lose to one a minute before half time was disappointing.

“But if somebody had offered me the same lead at half-time, I’d have taken it.

“Every credit to Aldershot. They had a right good go at it and threw everything at us.

“It made for an exciting game but it’s certainly not the way you want to live the rest of your life!

“We’re just delighted that we’ve seen it through. It’s a day that’ll live in the memory for a long time.”

Meanwhile the manager was quick to heap praise on goalkeeper Scott Davies following his contribution to the result.

His stunning one handed save in the second half, clawing the ball back from almost the point of no return, ensured Aldershot did not take a 3-1 lead.

And Mellon says there is no player in the division he would rather have between the sticks.

“It’s a great save,” he added. 

“Your goalkeeper’s got to make them, but we know he’s well capable of that.

“He’s in my opinion comfortably the best goalkeeper in the division and we’re thankful he plays for us.”

The one negative for Tranmere was seeing James Wallace limp off in the second half.

The midfielder has only just got back to full match fitness after a string of injuries, and was in the process of putting in one of his best performances of the season.


Mellon admits the early diagnosis is not a positive one.


“I doesn’t look good,” he continued.

“It’s probably another one on the knee injury list. We’ll see how it is over the next 24 hours.”

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