Three weeks into the new National League season and Tranmere Rovers were the only team to have recorded a 100% winning record.
Gary Brabin’s men earned a fortuitous victory at home to Eastleigh as the in-form James Norwood netted an injury-time winner to send Rovers back to the top of the table.
Right now, Tranmere are looking very strong but there will be plenty of twists and turns over the coming months and Rovers fans should prepare themselves for plenty of nail-biting contests as they bid to return to the Football League.
Norwood has been in phenomenal form this season and the Rovers striker has now scored an impressive four league goals in just three matches.
The 25-year-old, who finished as the club’s top scorer with 19 strikes last season, could have increased his tally to five but he lost his composure and missed from 12 yards after Tranmere were awarded a penalty for a foul on Lois Maynard.
If Rovers are to stand any chance of promotion, Norwood’s goals will be imperative and he cannot afford to get complacent – Tranmere have a talented group of attackers and nobody is guaranteed a spot in Brabin’s starting line-up.
As of August 13th, Tranmere are priced at 100/30 in Bet 365’s football betting markets to win the title and it is hard to see anybody challenging the Merseyside outfit this season. Brabin is one of the best managers in the division and his experience of both playing and managing in the fifth tier could prove crucial as Rovers look to secure promotion back to the Football League.
After all, that is where Tranmere should be – they are certainly good enough. And after a brief tenure out of the division, it wouldn’t be a huge surprise to see Brabin’s side regain their place in League Two soon enough.
Rovers were relegated down to the Conference in 2015 as they dropped out of the Football League for the first time in 94 years. If truth be told, Tranmere belong in the top four tiers of English football; they are too big, too successful and have too much history to languish in the National League.
With the utmost respect to their rivals, Tranmere deserve to be back and most supporters would agree with this view. They don’t have a divine right to go ahead and secure promotion but if they perform consistently, Rovers will achieve their ultimate goal of winning the title. That’s how good they can be.
Rovers aren’t the complete package but they have started the season well and it looks like Brabin is the man to get the best out of them; and supporters may believe that they are destined for glory in the 2016/17 campaign.
In a way, their early season form has been similar to that of Forest Green Rovers last campaign but Brabin will be wary of maintaining a title push for the entire year. Last season, Forest Green tailed off as Cheltenham came back to win the title and the Merseyside outfit will be desperate to avoid a similar situation this time around.
Tranmere fans will be excited but they cannot afford to get ahead of themselves – even if the club’s official Twitter account currently is…