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Tranmere win re-arranged JPT clash

Accrington Stanley 0 Tranmere Rovers 1

In the rearranged second round clash in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy, Tranmere came out on top at Accrington with a single Ash Taylor goal.

The original game was abandoned last week due to a serious injury to Accrington defender Tom Bender. Second time around, in sodden conditions, the game failed to live up to the standard set in the original encounter.

It was a game of few chances, with the visitors on top for the first period. Ian Goodison, Zoumana Bakayogo and Mustafa Tiryaki had all missed good chances before Rovers broke the deadlock. Following a free-kick from the left, the ball ricocheted to the feet of Ash Taylor who fired the ball home.

The second half belonged to Stanley as the home side began to dominate proceedings. Striker Kurtis Guthrie had a couple of good opportunities but he failed to find the target and trouble Tranmere ‘keeper Owain fon Williams.

A Tranmere counter-attack almost doubled their lead with 20 minutes remaining. Midfielder Joss Labadie picked the ball up in the midfield, broke forward and unleashed a powerful left footed effort which hit the upright and went wide.

Accrington almost forced the game into a penalty shoot-out in the dying moments. The ball pin-balled around the Tranmere six yard box with first an effort by Ian Craney hitting the post, then Goodison and David Buchanan miraculously cleared the ball off the line when a goal seemed certain before finally Guthrie’s header hit the crossbar and went over.

As it was, Rovers hung on and progress to the Northern Area quarter-finals where they can look forward to a trip to Chesterfield on November 8.

By Paul Harper

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