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Tranmere Vs Leyton Orient match report Saturday 18th August

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On a warm sunny day perfect to watch football if not play in it, Tranmere Rovers looked like a different team from the one under Les Parry’s leadership last year.

With the arrivals of Akpa Akpro, Joe Thompson and loan acquisitions of Ben Gibson, Liam Palmer and Jake Cassidy however it was the arrival of James Wallace taking over as club captain who has made a massive difference.

Tranmere started brightly with Robinson doing well down the left on a number of occasions. However neither side really created anything inside the 1st 15 minuets. Any of the few chances that came fell to Rovers mostly coming down the left hand-side and the influential Robinson and left hand side partner Bakayogo.

Tranmere took the lead in the 34th minute when a long ball forward from Fon Williams which was brilliantly controlled by Jake Cassidy who laid it off to Bakayogo who rifled a fierce shot left footed past Orient keeper Jamie Jones.

Tranmere looked very comfortable to the break other than one shot from David Mooney which Fon Williams turned round the post.

The 2nd half started very scrappy with neither side managing to get a foothold on the game. But it was Tranmere who managed to extend their lead through a stunning strike on 57 minutes by the busy Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro. The striker from 20 yards out controlled the ball turned and curled the ball into the top right hand comer of the goal giving Jones no chance.

Tranmere effectively made the game safe 8 minutes later when from a Bakayogo throw the ball found Akpa Akpro’s head and he forced the ball home despite the best efforts of Clarke and Jones to keep it out.

Orient managed to score one back from the penalty spot after a foul on Jimmy Smith. Former Everton trainee Michael Symes sent Fon Williams the wrong way.

Tranmere managed to see out the 5 minutes of stoppage time added on by referee Mr Eltrincham at the end of the game.

All in all this was a competent and a well oiled team performance from Ronnie Moores team and that is now 2 wins out of 2 in the new season. Should Tranmere take that form onto Tuesday at Carlisle and Shrewsbury next Saturday who knows where the season will take them.

Bookings for both teams thankfully were minimal and mostly for offences that you would call handbags for Orient Baudry and Cox saw yellow while Fon Williams and Robinson were booked for Rovers.

The game finished Tranmere 3 Leyton Orient 1.

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Written by pegleg5125

18/08/2012 at 7:46 pm

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