Notts County achieved a well-earned 2-1 win against Tranmere Rovers at Meadow Lane, concluding the first month of the league season.
David McGoldrick scored an early goal for the Magpies with a low shot from the edge of the box that beat Luke McGee. In the second half, Connell Rawlinson increased their lead by tapping in Matt Palmer’s cross from close range.
Tranmere Rovers put up a fight towards the end, with Josh Hawkes successfully converting Paul Lewis' delivery to give them hope. However, Notts County held their ground and ultimately came out victorious.
The visitors made several changes to their line-up from last weekend’s 4-3 loss to Salford City. Chris Merrie and Charlie Jolley, who made his first league start in 18 months, replaced Lee O’Connor and Luke Norris.
Aaron Nemane was a thorn in Rovers' side, getting behind their defence twice and sending crosses into the box that were handled by Tom Davies. However, Notts County soon found an opening when McGoldrick perfectly placed a low shot across McGee from the edge of the box, giving them the lead at 12 minutes.
Notts County dominated the game, with Macaulay Langstaff eager to contribute with a goal. He was first denied by Connor Jennings on the line before scuffing a shot over from a few yards out a minute later. Tranmere began to find their footing before the half hour mark when Kieron Morris met an excellent long ball from the back but fired over after breaking into the box.
Lewis was penalised for fouling Jodi Jones in the box but felt he was brought down in the box himself shortly afterwards. Referee Thomas Parsons remained unconvinced. Davies leapt high to meet a cross from the right but could only find Aidan Stone's gloves as the half-time whistle blew.
An hour into the game, McGoldrick hit the post with a shot from the edge of the box before Dan Crowley fired wide from a few yards out. A few minutes later, Notts County doubled their lead when Rawlinson tapped in Palmer’s fierce delivery across goal.
Ian Dawes made four substitutions, bringing Kane Hemmings, Hawkes, Sam Taylor and Reece McAlear into the game. The hosts were reduced to ten men when substitute Cedwyn Scott had to leave the field with all substitutions already made.
Rovers had their best moments in the final ten minutes when Davies hit the bar with a curling shot from range and Taylor went close shortly afterwards after being set up by Hemmings inside the box. Hawkes swept home Lewis’ delivery from the right to give Tranmere hope as the 90th minute approached, but Notts County held on through eight minutes of added time to leave Meadow Lane with all three points.
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