November 13, 2012
Cole's Stock rises
Tranmere teenager Cole Stockton scored one and created two as the League One leaders finally played and beat non-league Braintree 3-0 to reach the FA Cup second round.
Ten days after the scheduled fixture was postponed because of heavy rain in Essex, Stockton's 24th-minute volley was only parried skywards by Danny Naisbitt with Joe Thompson bundling home as the ball came down.
Stockton found the net himself after the break, turning and beating Matt Paine before driving home, and he then set up substitute Max Power to make it 3-0 in the dying moments.
Despite looking the better side early on, it was Tranmere and not Braintree who fashioned the best chance but Danny Harrison somehow volleyed over a hanging Thompson cross in the 17th minute.
However Thompson made no mistake himself seven minutes later, reacting quickest after Iron goalkeeper Naisbitt could only divert Stockton's strike.
Luke Daley - a replacement for James Mulley in midfield - had a great chance to equalise moments later after a long ball from Naisbitt was not fully cleared, but he fired straight at Rovers keeper Owain fon Williams.
A constant threat throughout, Stockton got the goal he deserved seven minutes after the break and then showed his class just before added time sweeping across the box for Power to fire home himself.
|Braintree Town||Tranmere Rovers|
|22 Danny Naisbitt||1 Owain fon Williams|
|5 Matthew Paine||14 Zoumana Bakayogo|
|16 Patrick O'Connor||2 Danny Holmes|
|19 Dean Wells||4 Ash Taylor|
|3 Samuel Habergham||21 Ben Gibson|
|6 Bradley Quinton||12 Danny Harrison|
|11 Daniel Sparkes||10 Andy Robinson|
|8 Kenny Davis||8 James Wallace|
|17 James Mulley||7 Joe Thompson|
|9 Sean Marks||24 Jake Jervis|
|20 Dan Holman||16 Cole Stockton|
|1 Nathan McDonald||Jason Mooney 33|
|4 Adam Bailey-Dennis||Ian Goodison 5|
|12 Luke Daley||Mark McChrystal 18|
|7 Nicky Symons||Michael Kay 19|
|2 Ryan Peters||Max Power 17|
|10 Josh Dawkin||Jake Kirby 15|
|14 Kaine Sheppard|
|Luke Daley for James Mulley (29)||Jake Kirby for Joe Thompson (43)|
|Adam Bailey-Dennis for Dean Wells (38)||Ian Goodison for Ash Taylor (57)|
|Kaine Sheppard for Sean Marks (67)||Max Power for James Wallace (77)|
|· Squads: Braintree Town | Tranmere Rovers|