Ryan Lowe's first goal for Tranmere earned a point for Rovers in a six-goal thriller against Crawley Town.

Veteran striker Lowe turned in a corner in second-half stoppage time.

Joe Walsh's header put Crawley in front but Tranmere went 2-1 up when Joe Thompson fired in from 10 yards and then pounced on a poor clearance.

Billy Clarke converted James Hurst's cross to equalise and Crawley's Walsh looked to have won it after a scramble in the box before Lowe's heroics.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Tranmere Rovers manager Ronnie Moore told BBC Radio Merseyside:

"I said on Friday that it wasn't going to be 0-0. I just knew, and we conceded two more from set-pieces.

"We played well in the first half, got at them and passed it well. We just needed that third goal.

"The tempo to the game wasn't there in the second half. We were too deep as a back four and it's causing us problems in our general play.

"I think we've got better players than we had last year, but at this present time, we haven't got a better team. That's the difference at the moment."

Crawley Town manager Richie Barker told BBC Sussex:

"We'd probably have taken a point before the game but in terms of the performance I thought the players were fantastic.

"If we'd have seen that through, we go and win the game and it's said and done. But the higher you go, there's people more aggressive and you don't see those finishes in Conference or League Two football.

"So that's why Ryan Lowe does what he does and that's why he is so good at what he does. But from our point of view it was a fantastic response from the players."

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (5)

Tranmere Rovers

  • 01 fon Williams
  • 02 Holmes
  • 03 Horwood Booked
  • 04 Taylor
  • 06 Foster
  • 07 Thompson
  • 10 Robinson Booked
  • 17 Power Booked (Koumas - 64' )
  • 20 Atkinson
  • 09 Lowe
  • 19 Sodje (Akpa Akpro - 58' )

Substitutes

  • 33 Mooney
  • 05 Goodison
  • 12 Rowe
  • 22 Koumas
  • 11 Bell-Baggie
  • 16 Stockton
  • 26 Akpa Akpro

Crawley Town

  • 01 P Jones
  • 02 Hurst
  • 03 Sadler
  • 04 Connolly
  • 12 Walsh
  • 10 Drury
  • 11 Simpson
  • 16 Adams (Bulman - 90' )
  • 21 M Jones
  • 07 Clarke (McFadzean - 84' )
  • 14 Proctor (Alexander - 76' )

Substitutes

  • 25 Maddison
  • 05 McFadzean
  • 06 Essam
  • 08 Torres
  • 15 Bulman
  • 18 Rooney
  • 09 Alexander
Ref: Hill
Att: 4,763

Match Stats

Shots

11 7

On target

4 6

Corners

3 5

Fouls

9 5

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +6:52 Full time

Full Time The referee blows for the end of the match.

90:00 +5:16

Assist by Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro.

90:00 +5:16 Goal scored

Goal! - Ryan Lowe - Tranmere 3 - 3 Crawley Ryan Lowe grabs a goal with a right foot finish. Tranmere 3-3 Crawley Town.

90:00 +3:32

Shot by Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro missed to the left of the target.

90:00 +3:22

A cross is delivered by Jason Koumas.

90:00 +1:12

Evan Horwood takes the free kick.

90:00 +1:01

Gary Alexander is caught offside.

90:00 +0:06 Substitution

Substitution Dannie Bulman comes on in place of Nicky Adams.

89:23

A cross is delivered by Evan Horwood.

87:35

Paul Jones takes the free kick.

87:08

Unfair challenge on Josh Simpson by Chris Atkinson results in a free kick.

86:05

Gary Alexander concedes a free kick for a foul on Ash Taylor.

85:31

Joe Walsh manages to make a clearance.

83:54 Substitution

Substitution Kyle McFadzean is brought on as a substitute for Billy Clarke.

83:16

Corner taken by Evan Horwood.

80:54

Assist by Andy Drury.

80:54 Goal scored

Goal! - Joe Walsh - Tranmere 2 - 3 Crawley Joe Walsh scores with their right foot. Tranmere 2-3 Crawley Town.

80:54

Assist on the goal came from Andy Drury.

80:54 Goal scored

Goal! - Joe Walsh - Tranmere 2 - 3 Crawley Joe Walsh scores a right footed goal. Tranmere 2-3 Crawley Town.

80:34

Corner from the right by-line taken by Andy Drury.

79:37

Corner from the right by-line taken by Andy Drury.

79:04

Corner from the left by-line taken by Andy Drury.

78:37

Clearance made by Stephen Foster.

78:24

Corner from the right by-line taken by Nicky Adams.

77:01

Andy Robinson takes a shot and missed to the left of the target.

75:10 Substitution

Substitution Gary Alexander on for Jamie Proctor.

73:49

Mark Connolly fouled by Chris Atkinson, the ref awards a free kick.

72:49

Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro has an effort at goal.

71:47

Header by Ryan Lowe goes to the left of the goal.

71:33

A cross is delivered by Evan Horwood.

69:32

Free kick taken by Owain Fon Williams.

69:19

Jamie Proctor challenges Ash Taylor unfairly and gives away a free kick.

68:34

Evan Horwood sends in a cross.

67:36

Jamie Proctor crosses the ball.

66:59

Joe Walsh makes a clearance.

66:37

Evan Horwood sends in a cross.

65:25

Free kick taken by Owain Fon Williams.

65:22

Jamie Proctor is ruled offside.

64:22

Header at goal by Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro misses to the right.

64:01

Owain Fon Williams restarts play with the free kick.

63:53

The referee blows for offside against Jamie Proctor.

63:45

Paul Jones restarts play with the free kick.

63:38 Substitution

Substitution Jason Koumas joins the action as a substitute, replacing Max Power.

63:04

Joe Walsh fouled by Andy Robinson, the ref awards a free kick.

62:54

Evan Horwood sends in a cross.

61:19

Owain Fon Williams takes the free kick.

61:13

The offside flag is raised against Jamie Proctor.

60:42

Shot by Joe Thompson went over the bar.

60:29

Free kick crossed by Evan Horwood.

60:17

Free kick awarded for a foul by Joe Walsh on Ryan Lowe.

57:26 Substitution

Substitution Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro joins the action as a substitute, replacing Akpo Sodje.

56:50

Andy Robinson delivers the ball.

56:03

Ryan Lowe sends in a cross.

54:32

Assist by James Hurst.

54:32 Goal scored

Goal! - Billy Clarke - Tranmere 2 - 2 Crawley Billy Clarke scores with their left foot. Tranmere 2-2 Crawley Town.

54:32

The assist for the goal came from Andy Drury.

54:32 Goal scored

Goal! - Billy Clarke - Tranmere 2 - 2 Crawley Billy Clarke scores with a left foot finish. Tranmere 2-2 Crawley Town.

53:41

Clearance made by Ash Taylor.

53:34

Free kick crossed by Andy Drury.

53:23

Andy Robinson handles the ball and concedes a free kick.

53:03

The referee books Andy Robinson for unsporting behaviour.

53:03 Booking

Booking

52:12

Corner taken by Andy Drury.

50:12

Clearance by Ash Taylor.

50:09

Nicky Adams delivers the ball.

49:01

Andy Drury delivers the ball.

46:22

Unfair challenge on Ash Taylor by Billy Clarke results in a free kick.

45:26

A cross is delivered by Nicky Adams.

45:01

The second half has started.

45:00 +2:37 Half time

Half Time The ref blows to end the first period.

45:00 +1:00

Nicky Adams sends in a cross.

45:00 +0:21

Shot by Mat Sadler.

44:15

Nicky Adams restarts play with the free kick.

44:04

Unfair challenge on Nicky Adams by Andy Robinson results in a free kick.

43:16 Goal scored

Goal! - Joe Thompson - Tranmere 2 - 1 Crawley Joe Thompson scores with a right foot finish. Tranmere 2-1 Crawley Town.

36:42

Stephen Foster restarts play with the free kick.

36:29

The offside flag is raised against Jamie Proctor.

35:24

Chris Atkinson takes a shot and cleared the net.

34:04

Shot by Billy Clarke. Owain Fon Williams parries the ball away.

30:00

Shot by Andy Drury. Owain Fon Williams safely holds on.

28:21

Andy Drury takes the free kick.

27:52

Foul by Max Power on Jamie Proctor, free kick awarded.

27:37

Booking for Max Power for unsporting behaviour.

27:37 Booking

Booking

26:54

Shot by Chris Atkinson cleared the net.

26:46

Clearance by Joe Walsh.

26:38

Evan Horwood produces a cross.

25:03

Mark Connolly takes the free kick.

24:36

Michael Jones fouled by Akpo Sodje, the ref awards a free kick.

23:48

Free kick taken by Joe Walsh.

23:40

The referee blows for offside.

20:31

Paul Jones takes the free kick.

20:12

Mark Connolly fouled by Akpo Sodje, the ref awards a free kick.

19:44

Corner taken by Andy Robinson.

18:25

Shot by Jamie Proctor went wide of the left-hand post.

17:47

Free kick taken by Jamie Proctor.

17:14

Jamie Proctor fouled by Stephen Foster, the ref awards a free kick.

15:28 Goal scored

Goal! - Joe Thompson - Tranmere 1 - 1 Crawley Joe Thompson scores with their left foot. Tranmere 1-1 Crawley Town.

15:04

Corner from the right by-line taken by Evan Horwood.

14:02

Chris Atkinson crosses the ball.

9:37

Andy Drury provided the assist for the goal.

9:37 Goal scored

Goal! - Joe Walsh - Tranmere 0 - 1 Crawley Free kick scored by Joe Walsh. Tranmere 0-1 Crawley Town.

9:37

Andy Drury provided the assist for the goal.

9:37 Goal scored

Goal! - Joe Walsh - Tranmere 0 - 1 Crawley Joe Walsh scores with a header. Tranmere 0-1 Crawley Town.

9:31

The ball is swung over by Andy Drury. Andy Drury restarts play with the free kick.

8:29

Mat Sadler gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Andy Robinson.

8:25 Booking

Booking

8:25

Evan Horwood goes into the book for unsporting behaviour.

8:16

The referee shows Mat Sadler a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.

7:26

Paul Jones takes the free kick.

7:15

James Hurst fouled by Akpo Sodje, the ref awards a free kick.

5:31

Clearance made by Mark Connolly.

5:23

The ball is sent over by Joe Thompson.

0:00

The referee gets the game underway.

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