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Tranmere’s Fantastic 4

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On another sunny Saturday afternoon suitable for t-shirt watching football, Tranmere upped the temperature and warmed the hands of the home fans with plenty to applaud.

Although Colchester started the brighter indeed Anthony Wordsworth could and probably should have done better within the 1st 5 minutes when he headed wide. It was apparent that Colchester liked to play football and passed it around very nicely inside there own half but never really pressed forward on too many occasions.

Tranmere also had a guilt edge chance to take the lead as Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro headed over the bar. The clever Bell-Baggi and the hard-working Liam Palmer also missed from long shots.

Tranmere took the lead 5 minutes from the interval when Andy Robinson got to the touchline and whipped in an inviting cross and the big number 9 Jake Cassidy rose to head home powerfully passed Cousins in the Colchester net. The goal came at just that right time for Rovers as it will have settled the side down and given Colchester boss John Ward things to change at the break.

Despite what Ward will have said his plans will have been ripped up almost straight away as Tranmere as on 49 minutes a through ball aimed for Bakayogo was deflected into the path of the on running Cassidy. His run was timed to perfection as the Colchester defence claimed for offside, the young on loan striker slotted home past Cousins.

By now Tranmere had their tails up and Akpa Akpro could have added to the lead but he shot just wide. However, Rovers fans could celebrate again on 58 minutes when Akpa Akpro passed the ball to Bakaygo who found the top right of the goal. Sensing blood Akpa Akpro managed to escape the United defence a minute later but his shot hit the post from a narrow angle, it was destined not to be his day in front of goal.

This was not the case for young Cassidy who completed his hat-trick 15 minutes towards the end when the ball fell to Wallace who ran passed 2 defenders like they weren’t there and squared the ball cross the box and Cassidy was there on hand to slot home.

Tranmere at this point were happy enough to see the game out and indeed Ronnie Moore afforded the young striker a well deserved standing ovation when he was replaced by Cole Stockton with about 10 mins to go.

After the match Moore said it had been the 1st goal that had settled the team down.

“I was concerned about the way we started but once we got the goal it settled us down. After that there was no disputing we were the better side and some of the football at times was brilliant.
“Cass has just been off it and not got across that near post. We’ve spoken about it and he has done it today. There were some quality balls into the box and great finishing by the young lad.
“It’s great to get another hat-trick. Robbo got one, [Cassidy] got one and now we’re just waiting for Akpa Akpro to get one. I thought his work rate was great today and he was unlucky when he cut inside and hit the post.
“We weren’t good early on, the game was a bit dead. But there was only one result in the second half, we were constantly at them and on another day might have got more goals.
“You’ve got to be happy with the position but we’re not getting carried away. It’s four games in, that’s all. We’ve got a tough game on Tuesday where five will get a break then it’s a massive game at Crewe.”
Tranmere now sit top of League 1 with 10 points from 4 games with only the defeat to Aston Villa so far this season. Rovers now travel to Port Vale Tuesday night in the JPT and then to Crewe in the League next Saturday.
My MOTM well their was only 1 candidate wasn’t their and that was Jake Cassidy
Attendance: 4,177
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01/09/2012 at 8:49 pm

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