FC Halifax Town’s FA Cup Journey was short-lived due to the arrival of Tranmere Rovers to the MBi Shay Stadium, as the away side won in emphatic fashion.
Billy Heath’s side took a good reality check in this game as only an own goal from Tranmere’s Steve McNulty was all what Town could take from a difficult game of football.
Town, now exit the FA Cup, which gives Billy Heath’s side the chance to concentrate on league football, with the FA Trophy to come.
The game started with both sides having half chances but it was the away side who opened the scoring inside the first five minutes of the game.
A goal kick from Davies was brilliantly brought down by Ollie Norburn who touched it through to Connor Jennings to put away the game’s opening goal, as he slotted calmly past Sam Johnson in the Town goal.
The away side came close to a second just minutes later when Jeff Hughes corner was whipped in and nearly nipped in at the back post but Johnson was there to save the embarrassment.
Next, it was Town’s chance to show what they were made of and did so as former Tranmere Rovers forward got away from his man and put through Adam Morgan who went one on one with the keeper and was brought down by Scott Davies and a penalty was given.
The penalty was excellently saved by Scott Davies who redeemed the mistake that he had made to concede it, and rebounds were prevented with a clearance into row Z.
Town looked like a side who had been given a good wakeup call and responded well after going down 1-0.
Town made their chance count when Ritchie Sutton lost the ball on half way, Tomlinson got down the touchline and put a low powerful ball into the mix, and the ball hit the back of the net via an attempted clearance from Steve McNulty!
Tranmere, will wonder how they did not go ahead after Ollie Norburn brought the ball down and looked for a pass, found an excellent pass and put it over the top of the defence through to Norwood who chipped Johnson but the ball went inches wide of the back post to keep the scores level.
Just shy of the half hour mark, there was an injury to Scott McManus, a change was needed and he was replaced by Dion Charles.
From that point on, it was all the away side with chances from Norwood cleared off the goal line from the corner.
Tranmere finally re-took the lead just minutes before the half time whistle, with James Norwood returning to scoring form with a rocket from 20 yards into the top corner, no chance for Johnson!
The second half was as much of a spectacle the first half was in the first ten minutes, but just after the ten-minute mark the away side took a 3-1 lead with a free kick from the edge of the penalty area.
Tranmere’s Adam Buxton found some space to get past the Town defence and was brought down on the edge of the D.
Formerly of Huddersfield Town, Liam Ridehalgh stepped up and with his left foot, curled the ball into the top corner, with an excellently executed free kick.
There were not many chances for either side in the second half, James Norwood’s blasted strike was blocked by Sam Johnson, while Matty Brown headed just wide from a Connor Oliver free kick from the right-hand touchline.
Adam Morgan thought he had a goal in the dying embers as he released a powerful shot, but Steve McNulty’s trailing leg blocked the shot.
FC Halifax Town: Johnson, Moyo, Wilde, Brown (c), Garner, Hotte, Oliver, McManus, Tomlinson, MacDonald, Morgan
Subs: Lynch (McDonald 64), Nicholson, Clarke, King (Charles 64), Hibbs, Charles (McManus 28)
Tranmere Rovers: Davies, Norwood, McNulty (c), Cook, Hughes, Buxton, Norburn, Ridehalgh, Mottley-Henry, Jennings, Sutton
Subs: Pilling, McDonagh (Cook 65), Harris, McEveley, Waring, Mangan (Norwood 90), Duggan (Mottley-Henry 65)
Referee: Matthew Donohue
Assistant: Andrew Dallison Assistant: Alan Hull
Fourth Official: Martin Ashworth
Attendance: 1630 (358)
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