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Chester0Tranmere1

Chester 0-1 Tranmere Rovers

James Norwood
James Norwood has scored 12 league goals for Tranmere this season

James Norwood's second-half penalty earned Tranmere a derby win at Chester.

The visitors were awarded a 69th-minute spot-kick when Johnny Hunt fouled Adam Mekki in the area, allowing Norwood to confidently despatch from 12 yards.

Rovers, who move up to fourth in the National League, were good value for their win, being rarely troubled.

Tranmere's players thought they should have been awarded a second penalty in injury time when Steven Jennings' shot struck the arm of Ben Heneghan.

Chester, who started the game playing three at the back, were disrupted by the early blow of losing captain Ian Sharps, playing against his first club, with a hamstring injury.

Steve Burr's side stay 15th, but are now only six points clear of trouble, going into successive home games against the two sides immediately above them, Bromley and Aldershot.

Chester manager Steve Burr told BBC Radio Merseyside:

"We were dealt a terrible blow after just 10 minutes when we lost Ian Sharps because I then had to rearrange the whole team.

"We stuck Sam Hughes at right-back because I thought playing 4-4-2 would be better, but I never want to see those situations happen.

"Ian was probably the worst player we could have lost because of having to rearrange. But I thought Sam did really well. He's only young and still learning the game."

Line-ups

Chester

  • 13Thompson
  • 26Lloyd
  • 22Heneghan
  • 17Astles
  • 10Rooney
  • 23AlabiBooked at 45mins
  • 11Chapell
  • 12Hughes
  • 4O'BrienSubstituted forMahonat 57'minutes
  • 9HannahBooked at 59minsSubstituted forBellat 80'minutes
  • 6SharpsSubstituted forHuntat 9'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Worsnop
  • 2Higgins
  • 3Hunt
  • 7Mahon
  • 24Bell

Tranmere

  • 1Davies
  • 7Vaughan
  • 12Ihiekwe
  • 17Mekki
  • 3RidehalghBooked at 62mins
  • 24McNulty
  • 4Jennings
  • 20Hughes
  • 29HigdonBooked at 51minsSubstituted forTaylor-Fletcherat 81'minutes
  • 23KirbySubstituted forMackrethat 74'minutes
  • 10NorwoodBooked at 90mins

Substitutes

  • 9Taylor-Fletcher
  • 13Turner
  • 14Mackreth
  • 15Riley
  • 19Margetts
Referee:
Ryan Johnson
Attendance:
3,494

Match Stats

Home TeamChesterAway TeamTranmere
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home4
Away12
Shots on Target
Home3
Away5
Corners
Home2
Away9
Fouls
Home13
Away15

Live Text

Match ends, Chester FC 0, Tranmere Rovers 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Chester FC 0, Tranmere Rovers 1.

Corner, Tranmere Rovers.

Booking

James Norwood (Tranmere Rovers) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Gary Taylor-Fletcher (Tranmere Rovers).

Ben Heneghan (Chester FC) wins a free kick.

Attempt missed. Jordan Chapell (Chester FC) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Attempt missed. James Norwood (Tranmere Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left from a direct free kick.

Hand ball by Craig Mahon (Chester FC).

Attempt missed. Gary Taylor-Fletcher (Tranmere Rovers) header from the right side of the six yard box misses to the left. Assisted by Adam Mekki.

Corner, Tranmere Rovers.

Foul by Gary Taylor-Fletcher (Tranmere Rovers).

Craig Mahon (Chester FC) wins a free kick.

Substitution

Substitution, Tranmere Rovers. Gary Taylor-Fletcher replaces Michael Higdon.

Substitution

Substitution, Chester FC. Nyal Bell replaces Ross Hannah.

Attempt saved. Ross Hannah (Chester FC) left footed shot from outside the box is saved.

Foul by Michael Ihiekwe (Tranmere Rovers).

James Alabi (Chester FC) wins a free kick.

Substitution

Substitution, Tranmere Rovers. Jack Mackreth replaces Jake Kirby.

Attempt saved. Jake Kirby (Tranmere Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved.

Goal!

Goal! Chester FC 0, Tranmere Rovers 1. James Norwood (Tranmere Rovers) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.

Penalty conceded by Johnny Hunt (Chester FC) after a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty Tranmere Rovers. Adam Mekki draws a foul in the penalty area.

Foul by Lee Vaughan (Tranmere Rovers).

Jordan Chapell (Chester FC) wins a free kick.

Foul by Ross Hannah (Chester FC).

Steve McNulty (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick.

Foul by Michael Higdon (Tranmere Rovers).

Johnny Hunt (Chester FC) wins a free kick.

Booking

Liam Ridehalgh (Tranmere Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Liam Ridehalgh (Tranmere Rovers).

Sam Hughes (Chester FC) wins a free kick.

Hand ball by Craig Mahon (Chester FC).

Booking

Ross Hannah (Chester FC) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Ross Hannah (Chester FC).

Adam Mekki (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick.

Corner, Tranmere Rovers.

Corner, Tranmere Rovers.

Corner, Chester FC.

Substitution

Substitution, Chester FC. Craig Mahon replaces Danny O'Brien.

goal

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Sunday 28th February 2016

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As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Cheltenham352310266224479
2Forest Green36246662342878
3Grimsby331711566293762
4Tranmere351691045341157
5Wrexham361681260441656
6Gateshead34167114449-555
7Braintree32159837251254
8Dover31157955421352
9Lincoln City351410115446852
10Eastleigh32148105045550
11Woking35147145748949
12Macclesfield34153164740748
13Aldershot34136154047-745
14Bromley33135155457-344
15Chester34109154150-939
16Southport34109153348-1539
17Barrow33109144360-1739
18Guiseley34912133249-1739
19Boreham Wood34811153034-435
20Altrincham33810153255-2334
21Halifax3389164768-2133
22Welling3468202548-2326
23Torquay3168173559-2426
24Kidderminster3559213456-2224
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