Tran­mere blunt the Dag­gers to fire warn­ing shot to the rest

The Non-League Football Paper - - FRONT PAGE - By Craig Dray­cott

TRAN­MERE showed they still mean busi­ness this sea­son as they saw off Da­gen­ham & Red­bridge.

Micky Mel­lon’s side sit just three points out­side the Na­tional League play-off po­si­tions af­ter goals from James Norwood and Ol­lie Nor­burn helped them to a 2-0 win that sees them close the gap on the top seven.

Else­where, Ley­ton Ori­ent’s play­ers were con­fronted by an­gry fans af­ter their 2-1 de­feat at Ebb­s­fleet made it 11 games with­out a win.

BRUNO An­drade saw his penalty saved by Scott Loach as Bore­ham Wood were left to rue missed chances, thus en­sur­ing Hartle­pool ex­tended their un­beaten run to seven games.

Wood had vic­tory in their sights just two min­utes into the sec­ond half when Blair Tur­gott was brought down in the area but An­drade’s ef­fort was kept out by the for­mer Eng­land Un­der-21 in­ter­na­tional.

This was a case of two in-form sides can­celling each other out, although both had their chances to steal it.

Hartle­pool came clos­est when sub­sti­tute Jake Cas­sidy spun his marker on the left and de­liv­ered a low ball into the box, but De­vante Rod­ney couldn’t get a touch to it.

An­drade went close for the hosts late on af­ter he had bat­tled for the ball with Ken­ton Richard­son on the by-line, but the in-form for­ward couldn’t find the net from a tight an­gle.

Frus­trated Wood boss Luke Gar­rard said: “I felt that we got through their back four quite a few times, es­pe­cially in the sec­ond half, so it is frus­trat­ing, be­cause I felt that we had no killer to­day.

“We had mo­ments and we got onto the front foot. I think that our start was su­perb and we played the en­tire game in their half for the first 18/19 min­utes.

“Miss­ing the penalty was dis­ap­point­ing but we parked that, moved on and the boys’ re­ac­tion was fan­tas­tic, Bruno An­drade es­pe­cially. He was a part of a lot of the at­tacks to­day.

“The frus­tra­tion is that we have dropped two points to­day against Hartle­pool, who are sup­pos­edly go­ing to get in and around it.”

Mean­while, Pools boss Craig Har­ri­son de­manded more at­tack­ing in­tent from his side in the fi­nal third of the field, adding: “That is the min­i­mum that I would have wanted be­fore the game – a clean sheet – but, ob­vi­ously, we want to win foot­ball games. Still, we have got an­other point and I am adamant that ev­ery point will count, with­out a shadow of a doubt.

“We would like to win and we would like to get three points with­out a doubt, but we got our­selves into good po­si­tions and didn’t quite ask the ques­tion at the end.

“There were a cou­ple of crosses that we should have done bet­ter with at the end and we should have made the goal­keeper work a lit­tle bit more. But over­all we have got a point away from home.”

Har­ri­son re­served plenty of praise for goal­keeper, Loach for his penalty he­ro­cis, adding: “It is mas­sively im­por­tant to have a goal­keeper like Scott Loach in goal.

“He has proved him­self ten-fold up un­til now.”

PIC­TURES: TGSPHOTOS, Garry Grif­fiths & Shut­terPress

WE’RE ON OUR WAY: Ol­lie Nor­burn and Tran­mere cel­e­brate the sec­ond goal in their vic­tory over Da­gen­ham & Red­bridge

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SAFE HANDS: Hartle­pool keeper Scott Loach keeps out Bruno An­drade’s penalty

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