All that glit­ters is gold for Tran­mere

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Dave Good­er­ham To com­ment on this match go to http://boards.footy­mad.net/

A GOLDEN oldie helped Tran­mere Rovers over­come prob­lems off-the-pitch and kit clashes on it to keep their rel­e­ga­tion fight in their own hands.

Ever­green Ryan Lowe tapped in his 20th of the sea­son to give Rovers a pre­cious three points and push Colch­ester United into the dog­fight.

But Lowe and his team­mates had to se­cure the cru­cial three points in Colch­ester’s own away kit – an all-gold num­ber – af­ter the fourth of­fi­cial deemed there would be too much of a clash.

Com­ing just days af­ter man­ager Ron­nie Moore was charged with mul­ti­ple breaches of the bet­ting rules, as­sis­tant boss John McMa­hon was de­lighted with how his side over­came an­other hur­dle.

McMa­hon said:“That’s the way the sea­son has gone.You think you are turn­ing the cor­ner but there is al­ways some­one there with a big sledge­ham­mer say­ing ‘have a bit more of that’.

“We spoke to the ref­eree be­fore the game and he was fine with it, but the fourth of­fi­cial wasn’t and said he didn’t think he could dis­tin­guish be­tween the blues. Some of the kit was ill-fit­ting – it was un­be­liev­able.

“I said to the lads af­ter­wards that we have six more moun­tains to climb but these lads will keep dig­ging in and keep­ing fight­ing for it.”

Colch­ester should have been out of sight be­fore Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro gave the vis­i­tors a sur­prise 36th minute lead.

Tran­mere keeper Owain fon Wil­liams saved his side on three sep­a­rate oc­ca­sions, the most gilt­edged chance wasted by Jabo Ibehre whose shot lacked power.

Akpa Akpro, the best player on the pitch, showed far more com­po­sure when pre­sented with a sim­i­lar op­por­tu­nity to open the scor­ing.

But Colch­ester en­sured par­ity was re­stored at the in­ter­val af­ter Fred­die Sears fin­ished off a fine move in­volv­ing Do­minic Vose.

But it was Tran­mere who and claimed the points in the 63rd minute when 35-yearold Lowe poked home a re­bound af­ter Akpa Akpro had bam­boo­zled poor Gavin Massey.

De­spite re­main­ing just away from the bot­tom four Colch­ester boss Joe Dunne ad­mit­ted his side were in a rut.

He said:“We lost a match we should have won. The play­ers were re­ally up for it and people could see that.We should have been three-up.

“We’re run­ning out of games and in very se­ri­ous trou­ble.We’re down and be­ing stamped on, but we haven’t been rel­e­gated yet.

“There are still lots of points left to play for and a cou­ple of wins would still do it.”

STAR MAN JEAN-LOUIS AKPA

AKPRO Tranme

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