February 23, 2013
Rovers back on track
Tranmere boosted their hopes of automatic promotion with a comfortable 5-1 win at struggling Colchester.
Rovers ended a run of four straight defeats in style, with Max Power's vicious strike from Andy Robinson's half-cleared corner handing them an 11th-minute lead.
The U's equalised just before the half-hour mark when Magnus Okuonghae swept home at the far post from Billy Clifford's free-kick.
But Tranmere restored their lead four minutes before half-time through Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro, who pounced on hesitation between Colchester skipper Josh Thompson and goalkeeper Sam Walker to lob the ball into the net.
Akpa Akpro's curling effort flashed just wide before Tranmere extended their lead midway through the second half when Ash Taylor powered home a header from Michael Kay's delivery.
Substitute Cole Stockton drove home a low shot from the edge of the area for Rovers' fourth with four minutes left, before Michael O'Halloran wrapped up Tranmere's win after converting the penalty he had won following Thompson's trip in the area.
|Colchester United||Tranmere Rovers|
|44 Sam Walker||1 Owain fon Williams|
|4 Magnus Okuonghae||5 Ian Goodison|
|25 John White||14 Zoumana Bakayogo|
|40 Josh Thompson||19 Michael Kay|
|3 Bradley Garmston||4 Ash Taylor|
|2 David Wright||10 Andy Robinson|
|11 Fred Sears||24 Paul Corry|
|21 Gavin Massey||17 Max Power|
|39 George Porter||20 Michael O'Halloran|
|41 Billy Clifford||25 Mamady Sidibe|
|17 Jabo Ibehre||26 Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro|
|1 Mark Cousins||Jason Mooney 33|
|20 Brian Wilson||Danny Holmes 2|
|18 Tom Eastman||Paul Black 3|
|15 Marcus Bean||Donervorn Daniels 23|
|14 Andrew Bond||Danny Harrison 12|
|30 Drey Wright||Abdulai Bell-Baggie 22|
|9 Clinton Morrison||Cole Stockton 16|
|Drey Wright for George Porter (53)||Cole Stockton for Mamady Sidibe (69)|
|Andrew Bond for David Wright (64)||Paul Black for Andy Robinson (81)|
|Clinton Morrison for Billy Clifford (75)|
|Josh Thompson (65)||Paul Corry (48)|
|· Squads: Colchester United | Tranmere Rovers|