Ravens View of Tranmere

Last updated : 29 August 2007 By Mark R

We finally got to Tranmere despite signal and points failures just outside Euston.

Our mates who had gone up earlier found that not many trains ran from Crewe to Liverpool and you needed a degree to understand the timetable as it had loads of stars and abbreviations to tell you that most services no longer ran after the end of june (or July in some cases) or most Saturdays and some sundays and as for bank holidays who knows!

We had a good drink in The Fly in the Loaf in Liverpool before catching taxis to the ground. Just one pay turnstyle open for Albion fans and I dont reckon many more than 250 made the trip!

First half and I thought we were the slightly better team, but we didnt look dangerous up front. Moore was obviously not a happy man and Tranmere were back on the pitch 5 minutes into the break!

We strolled out just as the half started and never got into the match. Tranmere made a change a local youngster came on and the stewards around us said he was the best player they had and within minutes swung in a great cross that Greenacre headed in.

Now Mayo was dropped for letting his man get the same sort of goal at Crewe so I guess we can expect the same from this poor defending (not sure who let Greenacre win the header but it was poor defending).

Whing was booked for giving the ball back for a throw in but the Tranmere player let it go and Whing got his card. Elphick then, shortly after this, bundled over a player and Whing got his second yellow. 2 very starnge decisions.

Elder then had our one chance, he connected well but the keeper made a good block.

Last minute and we pushed everyone forward for a free kick, Kuipers came almost to the half way line. They defended the corner well, launched the ball forward, a Tranmere player collected before Kuipers and put it past him and it was 2-0.

The only other highlight of the day was the sensible stewarding. They spoke to people, had a chat and a laugh, what a difference that makes! A beer back in Liverpool then the long trip home and a couple of beers in Haywards Heath as we arrived back just after 11pm.

Kuipers - 6 nothing he could do about the first goal

Whing - 6 looks an unhappy man at the moment

Rents - 5 was regularly beaten at the back

Butters - 5 not a great game

Elphick - 6 OK

El-Abd - 4 win the ball, give it away , win the ball, give it away

Cox - 5 not really in the game

Hammond - 4 looked injured

Savage - 5 nothing happened

Revell - 4 poor match

Forster - 4 as above

Elder was on for the last few minutes for Forster who got injured