Tranmere Rovers - Who needs a lemon when we've got Mellon!


Louis Almond came off the bench to score his first Tranmere goal, as the home side eased to a 3-0 win over Guiesley at Prenton Park.



Tranmere: Davies, Vaughan, Fitzwater, Ihiekwe, Ridehalgh, Tollitt, Harris, Collins, Kirby, Ilesanmi (Cook 45), C Jennings (Almond 67).
Subs Not Used: Turner, Coker, S Jennings.

Booked: Harris.

Guiseley: D Atkinson, East, Lawlor (Palmer 81), R Atkinson, Williams, Vidal, Purver (Clee 73), Walton, Hatfield, Preston, Mellors (Rankine 77).
Subs Not Used: Aymes, Lowe.

Booked: Walton.


Referee: C Brook
Stadium: Prenton Park
Attendance: 5,119 (74 away)
Possession: Tranmere 51% - 49% Guiseley
Shots: Tranmere 10 - 10 Guiseley
On Target: Tranmere 5 - 3 Guiseley
Fouls: Tranmere 22 - 19 Guiseley

Micky Mellon has been named as National League manager of the month for August after Tranmere won all 7 matches in the month.

The opening month of the 2016-17 season has been a successful one for Rovers, with seven victories from the opening seven fixtures.

Mellon has led his team to wins over Bromley, Barrow, Eastleigh, Boreham Wood, Maidstone United, Southport and Guiseley making it 21 points from a possible 21.

That early season form has placed Rovers four points clear at the top of the National League standings and Mellon is delighted with the start his team has made.

He said: “It’s a good start but we’re not getting carried away. There’s a long way to go but hopefully we can continue the good form. It’s always nice to receive recognition for the hard work we are putting in. It’s not just myself but the players and the staff, we’re all working incredibly hard and it’s reaping reward on the pitch."

“I’d like to thank the National League for the award. I’ve been fortunate to have won a few Manager of the Month awards in the past and it would be nice to win a few more before the end of the season.”

Tranmere's August results

Bromley 1-2 Tranmere
Tranmere 4-1 Barrow
Tranmere 5-2 Eastleigh
Boreham Wood 1-2 Tranmere
Tranmere 3-0 Maidstone
Southport 0-2 Tranmere
Tranmere 3-0 Guiseley

Tranmere's 100% record came to an end as a Max Hezeldine double gave Aldershot a point at The Recreation Ground.



Aldershot: Cole, Evans, Conroy, Reynolds, Straker (Allen 70), Fenelon (Arnold 70), Bellamy, Wakefield, Mensah, McClure (Kellermann 45), Hazeldine.
Subs Not Used: Kanu, Smith.

Tranmere: Turner, Vaughan, Fitzwater (Ihiekwe 65), Coker, Shaw, Mekki, Collins, S Jennings, Tollitt (Almond 82), Cook, Norwood.
Subs Not Used: Davies, Ridehalgh, C Jennings.

Booked: S Jennings, Shaw.


Referee: I Cooper.
Stadium: The Recreation Ground.
Attendance: 2,118 (441 away).
Possession: Aldershot 43% - 57% Tranmere
Shots: Aldershot 10 - 12 Tranmere
On Target: Aldershot 4 - 6 Tranmere
Fouls: Aldershot 13 - 14 Tranmere

Tranmere manager Micky Mellon was disappointed after watching his side surrender a two goal lead at Aldershot.

Tranmere took the lead in the first half through Andy Cook and another goal by James Norwood followed soon after. It looked like Tranmere were cruising to an 8th straight win but two goals from Accrington loanee Max Hazeldine salvaged a point for the home side.

The boss spoke of his disappointment after the game:

"I'm obviously really disappointed with the result and how it came about. There's no excuses for it, we simply went to sleep at the back and at this standard it will be punished. All credit to Aldershot, they never gave up hope but we definitely gifted them the point."

"It's important that we respond well next week against Lincoln. We know that it's not going to be an easy game and that we'll need to be at our best to win. Fingers crossed we can learn a lesson from this result and see out games in future."

Tranmere stunned Lincoln at Prenton Park, coming from a goal down with a minute to go, to win by two goals to one.



Tranmere: Turner, Vaughan, Coker, Ihiekwe, Shaw, Tombides, Maynard, S Jennings, Tollitt, Cook, Norwood.
Subs Not Used: Davies, Mekki, Collins, C Jennings, Ridehalgh.

Booked: S Jennings, Coker, Vaughan, Tombides.

Lincoln: Farman, Twumasi, Waterfall, Raggett, Habergahm, Anderson (Howe 90), Power, Miles (Hodge 62), Arnold (Muldoon 90), Robinson, Marriott.
Subs Not Used: Rhead, Simmons.

Booked: Habergham, Miles, Power, Hodge, Raggett.


Referee: C Powell.
Stadium: Prenton Park
Attendance: 5,551 (261 away).
Possession: Tranmere 55% - 45% Lincoln
Shots: Tranmere 13 - 4 Lincoln
On Target: Tranmere 4 - 2 Lincoln
Fouls: Tranmere 17 - 20 Lincoln

Tranmere striker James Norwood gave an interview with Tranmere player after the home side's remarkable comeback at home to Lincoln.

In an interview with Tranmere player, Norwood said:

"I really enjoyed that. It's games like that which make playing football worthwhile. The feeling I got when the ball hit the back of the net was one of the greatest I've ever experienced. To come from a goal down with a minute to go and win 2-1 is absolutely incredible."

"After what happened at Aldershot, it was important that we bounced back in the right way. We were all disappointed in the way we let that game slip so we really wanted to win this one. In a way, we kind of copied the spirit Aldershot showed last week with their last minute equaliser against us."

"I think a lot of credit has to go to Taylor Tombides. Taylor had an absolutely brilliant game and deserved more than just his goal. He's a massive talent and it's good to have him here at the club. There's plenty more to come from him yet, that's for sure."

Goals from Andy Cook, Adam Mekki and Taylor Tombides saw National League leaders Tranmere come away with a 3-1 victory away at York.



York: Letheren, Greaves (Dixon 56), Robinson (Clappison 67), Jackson, Rooney, Kamdjo, Gogic, Whittle, Johnson (Klukowski 56), Connolly, Fenwick.
Subs Not Used: Simpson, Nti.

Tranmere: Turner, Vaughan, Ihiekwe, Coker, Shaw, Mekki, Collins, S Jennings, Tombides, Cook, Norwood.
Subs Not Used: Davies, Ridehalgh, Harris, Tollitt, McNulty.


Referee: M McLaughlin.
Stadium: Bootham Crescent.
Attendance: 3,195 (359 away).
Possession: York 42% - 58% Tranmere
Shots: York 3 - 12 Tranmere
On Target: York 1 - 6 Tranmere
Fouls: York 9 - 18 Tranmere

Portsmouth loanee Ben Tollitt scored a late equaliser as Tranmere kept their National League unbeaten record going with a 1-1 draw at Sutton United.



Sutton Utd: Pears, Eckersley, James, Cowgill, McLennan, Bailey, Eastmond (Burge 69), Sutton, Stearn, Deacon (Thomas 57), Dickson (Fitchett 45).
Subs Not Used: Worner, Greene.

Tranmere: Turner, Vaughan, Coker, McNulty, Shaw (Ridehalgh 84), Collins, S Jennings, Tombides (Tollitt 73), Stephenson, Cook, Norwood (Mekki 57).
Subs Not Used: Davies, Ihiekwe.

Booked: Vaughan.


Referee: S Wilson.
Stadium: Gander Green Lane
Attendance: 1,551 (429 away).
Possession: Sutton Utd 50% - 50% Tranmere
Shots: Sutton Utd 9 - 8 Tranmere
On Target: Sutton Utd 2 - 3 Tranmere
Fouls: Sutton Utd 8 - 19 Tranmere

Andy Cook scored an injury time winner as top of the table Tranmere beat Woking 1-0 at Prenton Park.



Tranmere: Turner, Vaughan, Coker, McNulty, Ridehalgh (Shaw 74), S Jennings, Tombides (Tollitt 74), Collins, Hughes (Mekki 74), Cook, Norwood.
Subs Not Used: Davies, Fitzwater.

Booked: S Jennings.

Woking: Poke, Baba, Saah, Yakubu (Jones 81), Tilney, Lewis, Kretzschmar, May (Murtagh 77), Ralph, Ugwu, Ansah (Kandi 72).
Subs Not Used: Sam-Yorke, Hall.

Booked: Murtagh.


Referee: I Smedley.
Stadium: Prenton Park
Attendance: 5,314 (170 away).
Possession: Tranmere 53% - 47% Woking
Shots: Tranmere 13 - 10 Woking
On Target: Tranmere 5 - 2 Woking
Fouls: Tranmere 19 - 12 Woking

Micky Mellon has been named as National League manager of the month for the second month in a row.

Tranmere find themselves top of the National League after going another month unbeaten, albeit with two draws against Sutton United and Aldershot. The three wins against Lincoln, York and Woking have seen Mellon win his second consecutive manager of the month award.

Mellon said:

"It's great to be awarded with yet another Manager of the month award. It shows that I'm doing something right and noone can argue that we had a great September. We won three out of our five games against what can't be described as easy opposition, which is very pleasing."

"I only stood on the touchline and shouted at the top of my lungs. We're all now looking forward to our next league game. Away trips to Dagenham and Dover will really test us over the course of the next month. If we can maintain our current form then I see no reason why we can't keep winning games."

Tranmere's September results

Aldershot 2-2 Tranmere
Tranmere 2-1 Lincoln
York 1-3 Tranmere
Sutton United 1-1 Tranmere
Tranmere 1-0 Woking

Adam Mekki scored the only goal as Tranmere recorded a 1-0 win over Dagenham and Redbridge at Victoria Road.



Dag & Red: Cousins, Raymond (Young 65), Doe, Robson, Widdowson, Boucaud, Guttridge (Robinson 60), Thomas-Asante, Whitely (Assombalonga 60), Maguire-Drew, Hawkins.
Subs Not Used: Howell, Justham.

Booked: Robson, Widdowson.

Tranmere: Turner, Vaughan, Fitzwater, Coker, Ridehalgh, Mekki (Tombides 31), Collins, Hughes (C Jennings 39), Tollitt, Cook, Norwood.
Subs Not Used: Davies, McNulty, Shaw.

Booked: Collins.


Referee: C Powell.
Stadium: Victoria Road.
Attendance: 2,102 (425 away).
Possession: Dag & Red 46% - 54% Tranmere
Shots: Dag & Red 6 - 17 Tranmere
On Target: Dag & Red 2 - 8 Tranmere
Fouls: Dag & Red 14 - 15 Tranmere

Tranmere Rovers have been rocked by the news that winger Adam Mekki will miss 5 to 6 months of action with a damaged achilles tendon.

Mekki picked up the injury in the 31st minute of Tranmere's away win at Dagenham and Redbridge, going down under a challenge from Joe Widdowson. It was clear that goalscorer Mekki was in a lot of pain and the winger was subsequently taken off on a stretcher.

Tranmere manager Micky Mellon was disappointed with the prognosis of Adam Mekki's injury.

"I'm gutted to be honest. Adam has really been starting to make his mark on the side and become a regular fixture in the team, so for him to pick up this injury now is heartbreaking for him. 6 months is a long time in football but I have every faith that Adam will come back an even better player."

Tranmere will travel to fellow National League side Barrow in the FA Cup 4th qualifying round after the pair were drawn together.

The game will mark the second time the sides have met this season with Tranmere taking the spoils in August with a 4-1 win. Adam Mekki, James Norwood, Jeff Hughes and Andy Cook were all on target at Prenton Park.

The full draw

Eastbourne Boro vs Dover
Nantwich vs Stalybridge
FC Halifax vs Southport
AFC Flyde vs Brackley
Boston Utd vs Harrogate
Folkestone vs Forest Green
Aldershot vs Braintree
Solihull Moors vs Workington
Skelmersdale vs Warrington
Bromley vs Concord
Tamworth vs Macclesfield
Hungerford vs Dorchester
Boreham Wood vs Chelmsford
Weston-super-Mare vs Bognor Regis
Barrow vs Tranmere
Ilkeston vs Bradford PA
Dartford vs Enfield Town
Ebbsfleet vs Torquay
Woking vs Bath
Chester vs Gateshead
Guiseley vs York
East Thurrock vs Maidstone
Hednesford vs Wrexham
Hampton & Richmond vs Sutton Utd
North Ferriby vs Whitby
Billericay vs Dulwich Hamlet
Nuneaton vs Lincoln
Heybridge vs Dag & Red
Eastleigh vs St. Albans
Alfreton vs Chorley
Havant & Waterlooville vs Maidenhead
Kidderminster vs Worcester

Tranmere striker James Norwood scored a hat trick as Tranmere came from 5-2 down to win by 6 goals to 5 at home against Gateshead.



Tranmere: Turner, Fitzwater (Ihiekwe 88), Coker, McNulty, Ridehalgh (Shaw 74), S Jennings, Collins, Tombides, Tollitt, Norwood (Almond 81), Cook.
Subs Not Used: Davies, Kirby.

Booked: Ridehalgh.

Gateshead: Hanford, Owusu (Clunis 70), Smith, Williams, Smith, Mafuta, McLaughlin, Wrightson (Bell 81), Francis (Tattum 55), Ajala, D Johnson.
Subs Not Used: S Johnson, Styche.


Referee: G Jerden.
Stadium: Prenton Park
Attendance: 4,876 (71 away).
Possession: Tranmere 57% - 43% Gateshead
Shots: Tranmere 20 - 16 Gateshead
On Target: Tranmere 8 - 10 Gateshead
Fouls: Tranmere 12 - 12 Gateshead

Tranmere Rovers manager Micky Mellon has described his shock after watching his side come from 5-2 down to beat Gateshead 6-5 at Prenton Park.

"I'm in shock. I honestly don't know how to describe that," said Mellon after the 6-5 win.

"At 5-2 down I honestly thought we were dead and buried and had no chance. I could see that a lot of the lads were down after the 5th goal so I think the fact that we got a goal back almpost straight away really helped. Getting it back to 4-5 within 4 minutes really gave the leads belief to go on and win the game."

Mellon also had high praise for striker James Norwood, who put Gateshead to the sword, netting a hat trick.

"Nors is a class act and we're lucky to have a player like him here at the club. Some of the goals he manages to score are simply unbelievable and it's great to see that he has really started to join forces with Andy Cook up top. Both of them are always looking to outdo each other so that can only be good for us."

Tranmere have signed veteran striker Kevin Lisbie on a deal that runs until the end of the 2016/17 season.

38 year old Lisbie made his professional debut for Charlton Athletic during the 1996–97 season and went on to score 16 goals in 155 appearances for the Addicks. Possibly his best moment in a Charlton shirt was a hat-trick against Liverpool in a 3–2 win over the Merseyside club in September 2003.

From there, Lisbie had spells with numerous clubs before finally settling at Leyton Orient in 2011. At Orient, Lisbie scored 46 goals in 111 games however he suffered a shoulder injury which ruled him out of the first team for much of the early part of the 2014–15 season.

On his return, he found it difficult to re-establish his place among several other strikers at the club.

A move to Barnet followed and the striker was released following the expiration of his contract in the summer.

Kevin Lisbie scored on his debut for Tranmere as they recorded a 3-2 win over rivals Wrexham at Prenton Park.



Tranmere: Turner, Vaughan, Coker, McNulty (Ihiekwe 76), Ridehalgh, S Jennings, Tombides, Norwood, Tollitt, Cook, Lisbie (Almond 45).
Subs Not Used: Davies, Fitzwater, Shaw.

Booked: Ridehalgh, S Jennings.

Wrexham: Dunn, Gabriel, Bencherif, Bainbridge, Newton, *** (Harvey 45), Rooney, Dowling (Carrington 65), Wintle, Clarke (Gillett 90), White.
Subs Not Used: Bakare, *****.

Booked: Gabriel, Harvey, Rooney.


Referee: C Powell.
Stadium: Prenton Park
Attendance: 10,804 (2,046 away).
Possession: Tranmere 57% - 43% Wrexham
Shots: Tranmere 17 - 11 Wrexham
On Target: Tranmere 8 - 6 Wrexham
Fouls: Tranmere 16 - 12 Wrexham

Barrow and Tranmere face a replay in the FA Cup 4th qualifying round after battling to a 1-1 draw at Holker Street.



Final Score: Barrow 1-1 Tranmere

Barrow: Coughlin, Beeley, Smith, Livesey, Anderton, Haworth (Parry 85), Finch (Turnbull 79), Hughes, Williams, Harrison (Hannah 74), Panayiotou.
Subs Not Used: Copeland, Murray, Harvey, Beevers.

Booked: Smith.

Tranmere: Davies, Sutton, Coker, McNulty, Shaw, Harris, Maynard (Collins 77), Kirby, Stephenson, C Jennings (Norwood 67), Almond (Cook 77).
Subs Not Used: Turner. Ridehalgh, Ihiekwe, Tollitt.

Booked: McNulty, Shaw, Coker, Harris, Sutton.

Shots: Barrow 17-8 Tranmere
On Target: Barrow 8-3 Tranmere
Possession: Barrow 47%-53% Tranmere
Corners: Barrow 7-3 Tranmere
Fouls: Barrow 9-19 Tranmere
Attendance: 3,006 (685 away).
Referee: M Coy.

Man Of the Match: Harry Panayiotou