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Tranmere Rovers 1-2 Braintree Town

Braintree Town returned to winning ways after coming from a goal down to beat Tranmere in the National League.

Tranmere took the lead in an action-packed first five minutes through a fiercely-struck Adam Mekki effort on three minutes.

But Rovers' lead lasted only two minutes as Dan Sparkes' long-range effort restored parity for Braintree.

Simeon Akinola scored the game's decisive third goal when he fired home Sparkes' cross from 18 yards.

Line-ups

Tranmere

  • 1Davies
  • 7Vaughan
  • 24McNultyBooked at 56mins
  • 4Jennings
  • 16Hill
  • 2Sutton
  • 17Mekki
  • 11Maynard
  • 3RidehalghSubstituted forDawsonat 46'minutes
  • 14ManganBooked at 60mins
  • 10Norwood

Substitutes

  • 12Ihiekwe
  • 13Turner
  • 20Dawson
  • 23Kirby
  • 29Tomlinson

Braintree

  • 1Norris
  • 2Clerima
  • 6Fry
  • 8Davis
  • 3Habergham
  • 5Paine
  • 30Woodyard
  • 11SparkesSubstituted forBrundleat 77'minutes
  • 23Cheek
  • 32PowellSubstituted forMilesat 65'minutes
  • 10AkinolaSubstituted forMarksat 89'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Brundle
  • 9Marks
  • 12Sekajja
  • 14Miles
  • 22Edgar
Referee:
Adrian Holmes
Attendance:
4,224

Match Stats

Home TeamTranmereAway TeamBraintree
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home9
Away9
Shots on Target
Home3
Away4
Corners
Home6
Away2
Fouls
Home12
Away15

Live Text

Match ends, Tranmere Rovers 1, Braintree Town 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Tranmere Rovers 1, Braintree Town 2.

Attempt missed. Andy Mangan (Tranmere Rovers) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right misses to the right.

Attempt missed. Ritchie Sutton (Tranmere Rovers) header from a difficult angle on the left is too high.

Foul by Sam Habergham (Braintree Town).

Lee Vaughan (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick.

Substitution

Substitution, Braintree Town. Sean Marks replaces Simeon Akinola.

Offside, Tranmere Rovers. Steven Jennings tries a through ball, but Steven Jennings is caught offside.

Foul by Matt Fry (Braintree Town).

Adam Mekki (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick.

Foul by Kenny Davis (Braintree Town).

Lois Maynard (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick.

Foul by Taylor Miles (Braintree Town).

Lois Maynard (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick.

Attempt missed. Taylor Miles (Braintree Town) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Attempt missed. Lois Maynard (Tranmere Rovers) header from the left side of the box misses to the left.

Substitution

Substitution, Braintree Town. Mitch Brundle replaces Dan Sparkes.

Attempt saved. Alex Woodyard (Braintree Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved.

Corner, Tranmere Rovers.

Corner, Tranmere Rovers.

Corner, Tranmere Rovers.

Corner, Braintree Town.

Foul by Andy Mangan (Tranmere Rovers).

Taylor Miles (Braintree Town) wins a free kick.

Substitution

Substitution, Braintree Town. Taylor Miles replaces Jack Powell.

Foul by Lee Vaughan (Tranmere Rovers).

Simeon Akinola (Braintree Town) wins a free kick.

Offside, Braintree Town. Michael Cheek tries a through ball, but Michael Cheek is caught offside.

Foul by Adam Mekki (Tranmere Rovers).

Matt Paine (Braintree Town) wins a free kick.

Booking

Andy Mangan (Tranmere Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Attempt missed. Andy Mangan (Tranmere Rovers) header from a difficult angle on the right is too high.

Booking

Steve McNulty (Tranmere Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Hand ball by Steve McNulty (Tranmere Rovers).

Attempt missed. Simeon Akinola (Braintree Town) right footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

Foul by Steve McNulty (Tranmere Rovers).

Simeon Akinola (Braintree Town) wins a free kick.

Attempt missed. Sam Habergham (Braintree Town) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Foul by Adam Mekki (Tranmere Rovers).

Dan Sparkes (Braintree Town) wins a free kick.

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