Trialist helps second string to win

By Matthew Jones
Last updated : 06 February 2008
Trialist Glen nets twice for reserves
Tranmere Rovers reserves today picked up three points in the Pontins Holidays reserve league thanks to a 3-2 win over Wrexham's reserves.

Brian Little today returned to Prenton Park to watch his second string play, with former Rovers player Sam Aiston captaining the Wrexham side.

Shaun Garnett's Tranmere tea had a mix of youth and experience in it, with reserve team regulars Ashton Taylor, Aaron Cresswell, Luke Denson and Tom Beahon joined by first team players John Mullin, Adnan Ahmed, Chris Greenacre and Mike Jones.

Rovers also had Trinidad and Tobago international Cornell Glen in the side. The former LA Galaxy and Columbus player is currently on trial at Prenton Park, and the striker started up front along side Chris Greenacre.

Wrexham had most of the early possession, but despite this Tranmere took the lead on 14-minutes with Glen scoring his first goal in the Tranmere shirt.

The striker recieved the ball with his back to goal midway inside the Wrexham half. After a neat turn, Glen ran at and beat his man thanks to good pace and a few step-overs, which got him to the edge of the area. Holding off one defender, Glen shot and a slight deflection took the ball into the bottom corner of the goal.

Rovers could have doubled their advantage half way through the shalf as Cresswell had a shot saved from a free-kick. The set-piece was taken from just inside the Wrexham half and as Cresswell spotted the Wrexham 'keeper, Williams, off his line, he shot and the ball was going in until the back-peddling Williams caught the ball inside his six-yard box.

There was then very little action until Wrexham equalised though Duffy on 33-minutes. The ball fell to the on-loan Oxford striker just outside the six yard box after poor marking from Rovers, and the striker smashed the ball into the roof of the net, leaving Tranmere 'keeper Peter Kennedy with no chance.

Tranmere could however have regained the lead before half-time, as first Denson's cross was headed down to Mullin by Glen, but the midfielder could only shoot straight at the 'keeper from close-range, whilst another long, mazey run by Glen came to nothing as Williams came out to claim the ball.

The second half was lively, and Tranmere took the lead within the opening ten minutes through striker Chris Greenacre.

Tom Beahon's initial powerful effort from the edge of the area was saved by Williams, but Greenacre pounced on the re-bound, hitting the ball into the back of the empty net from a tight angle with his first touch.

Greenacre was then subsituted just after the hour mark, replaced by promising youngster Terry Gornell who went straight upfront with Glen.

Wrexham were looking to get back in the game and their first chance fell to Duffy who badly miss-hit a volley from just inside the area well wide of the goal whilst another effort was hit straight at Kennedy.

A free-kick then curled just wide of the goal before Tranmere got their third of the afternoon with 83-minutes on the clock.

Cornell Glen was again the scorer, as he brilliantly chested down a long clearance by Kennedy before vollying the ball goalwards with his next touch, lobbing his shot over Williams and into the bottom corner of the net.

The striker certainly did his chances of getting a contact at the club no harm as he worked increadibly hard, looking hungry to pick up every ball and score goals through-out the afternoon. He dsplayed good pace, strength and quick feet as well as a deadly touch infront of goal.

Wrexham did get back in the game on 89 minutes as Duffy got his second of the game, with the un-marked striker heading a cross back across goal and into the corner of the goal, but Tranmere were able to hold on and claim the win, their second in a row in the league.

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