MAKING THEIR MOVE!
Tranmere blunt the Daggers to fire warning shot to the rest
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.”
WE’RE ON OUR WAY: Ollie Norburn and Tranmere celebrate the second goal in their victory over Dagenham & Redbridge
SAFE HANDS: Hartlepool keeper Scott Loach keeps out Bruno Andrade’s penalty