Tranmere Rovers have become the first club this season to take on the Johnstone’s Paint Pot Challenge.Rovers, who host Carlisle United in Round 2 of the Paint Trophy this evening, took on the unique test of accuracy at their training ground.
Ten players from the Tranmere squad attempted to chip the ball from the angle of the 18-yard box into a giant inflatable paint pot on the middle of the six-yard line.
They were joined by supporter Rob Lane, who won a competition by Johnstone’s Paint to be the club’s ‘11th man’ for the challenge.
Ten points are awarded for a successful chip-in, with one point accumulated each time the paint pot is struck.
Antonie Boland, Jason Koumas, Max Power, James Rowe, Danny Holmes and first team coach Alex Russell all hit the paint pot for Tranmere, while 11th man Rob also managed to score a point for his beloved Rovers.
Tranmere were the first club to take part in this year’s Paint Pot Challenge and set a respectable target of seven points.
Rob, who works in security and started supporting Tranmere in the early 1980s, said he enjoyed mingling with his heroes.
The 44-year-old, from Woodchurch, Merseyside, said: “It was a great experience and the Tranmere players seemed like a really good bunch of guys.
“I was a little ring-rusty but managed to hit the paint pot and score a point, so I was happy with that.
“I think I might have got it in if I’d had a few more attempts.”
Tranmere boss Rob Edwards said: “We were delighted to launch this season’s Johnstone’s Paint Pot Challenge and a few of the lads were unlucky not to get the maximum 10 points.
“It’s a tough challenge but a very fun one and the 10 players who took part enjoyed it.”
Ben Wilde, brand and sponsorship manager for Johnstone’s Paint, said: “It’s exciting to be back on the Paint Pot Challenge trail.
“There were a couple of very near misses but Tranmere have still managed to set a very respectable target with their seven points.
“We look forward to taking the challenge to training grounds around the country as the excitement of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy continues.”
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