Latest News:

Young Rovers Side Slip to Defeat at The Bay

By Matthew Jones
August 4 2009

Tuesday night saw Tranmere Rovers' youngsters continue their 2009/10 preperations, as they travelled to North Wales to take on Colwyn Bay and ended up on the wrong end of a 1-0 scoreline although the performance was much better than the one at Buckley Town six days earlier.

Article Header - Reserves Report

 Colwyn Bay 1 - 0 Tranmere R

   Holsgrove 35

Article Header - By Matthew Jones

Shaun Garnett's Tranmere Rovers youth side continued their preparations for the forthcoming season this Tuesday night as they travelled to the Seagulls Nest to take on Colwyn Bay at their picturesque Llanelian Road ground.

Situated in the North Welsh hills, the ground over looks the North Welsh coast line on one side, whilst green fields line the opposite side of the stadium.

Rovers took a young side to face the Seagulls, though Shaun Garnett's side was boosted in both experience and ability, as Ian Goodison finally returned to the playing fields for Tranmere, whilst professionals Josh MacAuley, Ryan Fraughan and Joe Collister also started.  Goodison, who captained the side, was partnered at centre-back by former Birmingham and Hereford player Sam Oji, currently on trial at Prenton Park.

The full Tranmere line up was as follows:


Benson Goodison (C) Oji Pursehouse

Rule Baker Power Fraughan

Ashcroft MacAuley

Colwyn Bay on the other hand had a number of ex-Tranmere players in their squad, as Louis Corrigan and Dave Challinor started in defence and Alex Hay in attack for the home side, whilst former YTS Luke Denson was on the bench, and Gary Jones, the former Tranmere utility man who won that flick on to set up David Kelly's goal at Wembley in the League Cup final, is the Assistant Manager for the non-League club.

The opening half an hour saw very few chances in what was a tight game played mainly in midfield.  Both team lacked the killer instinct and as such it was difficult to create chances.

The home side had the first chance of the game when a direct run from striker Holsgrove saw him fire narrowly wide, whilst at the other end MacAuley saw a similar powerful run and shot well saved low down by the 'keeper.

Most of the game though was played in midfield, where Tom Baker, in particular was having a strong game for Rovers, winning plenty of tackles of headers.

Colwyn Bay attacked with more experience though, and often Tranmere defender Ian Goodison struggled to keep up with the opposition attackers due to a lack of pace and looked to 'keeper Joe Collister for assistance on a number of occasions.

Colwyn Bay saw one stunning effort crack the cross-bar, whilst other shots went wide or high before Tranmere should have opened the scoring just after the thirty minute mark.

Rovers broke excellent down the left after a mistake by the Colwyn Bay defence, with Ross Rule speedily carrying the ball goalwards.  However, when he could have shot, he cut back onto his stronger right-foot before passing to MacAuley.

MacAuley sliced a shot towards Fraughan at the back post, who instead of shooting passed the ball to Power who in turn hit the ball off target.

Before half-time though, Colwyn Bay did take the lead, after Rovers failed to properly clear a corner, and striker Holsgrove scored with a deflected effort which crept agonisingly over the line despite the efforts of Joe Collister, who did well to get anywhere near the ball.


The second half continued in much the same fashion as the first, with Tranmere failing to engineer any real chances to bring the scores level.  The final ball was always lacking, whilst when they got the opportunity, their set pieces were poor.

Collister was forced into a few saves at the Tranmere end for Rovers, though many shots went off target, whilst after an error from Goodison, Tom Baker was forced into making an excellent challange as Colwyn Bay counter attacked from a Rovers set-piece that broke down, with Baker running 70 yards to put in an excellent sliding tackle that saw the ball go out for a corner.

At the other end, Fraughan hit a free-kick over the bar, whilst Rovers made two substitutions in the second half, replacing Ashcroft and Goodison with McKreth and Roberts.

The changes made little effect though, as Tranmere failed to create any real chances.  MacAuley saw a couple of efforts blocked, whilst Rule dragged another effort wide after a good run, but Shaun Garnett's side failed to get on the score sheet.

The match then finished 1-0, a fair reflection of the match, though Tranmere's young side had performed well, with several players impressing.

Pursehouse was strong at left-back, whilst Ashcroft, particularly in the second half, held the ball up well before being substituted.

Fraughan made some promising runs, whilst Collister made a number of good saves and claimed his crosses well, whilst he could do nothing about the goal.

Ian Goodison struggled though and appeared off the pace, making several errors, though he did also make some important tackles to help his team out.

Trialist Oji had a quiet but efficient game, and the same can be said for MacAuley upfront.


 Article Header - Man of the Match

Tom Baker

Man of the match though, for me, was midfielder Tom Baker, who made some excellent tackles and worked tirelessly and strongly in centre-midfield, and later on at centre-back.

It was a good performance then from Tranmere, though they need to work on their play in the final third.  To lose just 1-0 to such an experienced side though was encouraging, and the squad look in good shape ahead of the new season.

Article Header - TT Footer

View a Printer Friendly version of this Story.

Bookmark or share this story with:

Total Tranmere
Total Tranmere (IP Logged)

Young Rovers side slip to defeat
04/08/2009 23:37
What do you think? You can have your say by posting below.
If you do not already have an account Click here to Register.

Trevor Charles.
Trevor Charles. (IP Logged)

Re: Young Rovers side slip to defeat
04/08/2009 23:57
A particularly poor game with neither side or player standing out. Have to agree Goodison looked way off the pace, and Oji - no chance of a contract.

TT Admin (IP Logged)

Re: Young Rovers side slip to defeat
05/08/2009 12:26
Excellent Matt thanks for that.

We hadn't discussed a report and I had intended to do one but was too tired in the end!

footy fan
footy fan (IP Logged)

Re: Young Rovers side slip to defeat
06/08/2009 12:42
Agree Baker was Man of the match, the rest of the team was very tame, dont remember anything outstanding realy, got to say though what a strange line up !
Fraughn playing on left wing having spent two years playing through the middle for the youth, Rule who plays up front played on the right wing, later to replace Ashcroft who was beginging to hold up the play well, can only assume the youth must have had some injuries

Sorry, only registered users may post in this forum.
We record all IP addresses on the Sportnetwork message boards which may be required by the authorities in case of defamatory or abusive comment. We seek to monitor the Message Boards at regular intervals. We do not associate Sportnetwork with any of the comments and do not take responsibility for any statements or opinions expressed on the Message Boards. If you have any cause for concern over any material posted here please let us know as soon as possible by e-mailing

Tranmere Rovers Poll

Will You be Buying a Season Ticket for 2015/16?

See results > Submit >>