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Tranmere Rovers 1-0 Macclesfield Town

Jeff Hughes scored a late winner as Tranmere took advantage of Lincoln's Boxing Day loss to move to the top of the National League.

Macclesfield appeared set to leave Merseyside with a point until Hughes got to a cross before goalkeeper Craig Ross to nod into an empty net seven minutes from time, to give Rovers a 1-0 win.

The victory means Tranmere will end the year at the National League summit after Lincoln suffered a late loss at Guiseley.

In a goalless first half, Andy Mangan forced Ross into two good saves while Scott Davies kept out Danny Rowe's powerful effort at the other end.

Match report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Tranmere

  • 1Davies
  • 2Vaughan
  • 3Ridehalgh
  • 17KirbySubstituted forJenningsat 65'minutes
  • 10Norwood
  • 5McNulty
  • 12Sutton
  • 18Tollitt
  • 19ManganSubstituted forMaynardat 89'minutes
  • 24Hughes
  • 38Wallace

Substitutes

  • 4Jennings
  • 6Ihiekwe
  • 11Jennings
  • 13Turner
  • 20Maynard

Macclesfield

  • 13Ross
  • 2Halls
  • 3Fitzpatrick
  • 11Rowe
  • 6McCombe
  • 5Pilkington
  • 9HolroydSubstituted forLewisat 79'minutes
  • 14JamesSubstituted forWellensat 90'minutes
  • 16HancoxBooked at 88mins
  • 20BrodieBooked at 81mins
  • 23Whitaker

Substitutes

  • 4Byrne
  • 8Lewis
  • 10Sampson
  • 24Boot
  • 25Wellens
Referee:
Steven Rushton
Attendance:
7,274

Live Text

Match ends, Tranmere Rovers 1, Macclesfield Town 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Tranmere Rovers 1, Macclesfield Town 0.

Substitution

Substitution, Macclesfield Town. Richard Wellens replaces Kingsley James.

Substitution

Substitution, Tranmere Rovers. Lois Maynard replaces Andy Mangan.

Booking

Mitch Hancox (Macclesfield Town) is shown the yellow card.

Goal!

Goal! Tranmere Rovers 1, Macclesfield Town 0. Jeff Hughes (Tranmere Rovers).

Booking

Richard Brodie (Macclesfield Town) is shown the yellow card.

Substitution

Substitution, Macclesfield Town. Paul Lewis replaces Chris Holroyd.

Substitution

Substitution, Tranmere Rovers. Connor Jennings replaces Jake Kirby.

Second Half

Second Half begins Tranmere Rovers 0, Macclesfield Town 0.

Half Time

First Half ends, Tranmere Rovers 0, Macclesfield Town 0.

Kick Off

First Half begins.

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Tranmere26165536181853
2Lincoln City25164552252752
3Forest Green25146546262048
4Barrow241210240202046
5Dag & Red2614484031946
6Dover25143851381345
7Chester26109742301239
8Aldershot2611693226639
9Bromley26115103434038
10Macclesfield2411493224837
11Boreham Wood2510782722537
12Gateshead2699839281136
13Eastleigh249873731635
14Sutton United2595112834-632
15Wrexham2688102232-1032
16Solihull Moors2586113543-830
17Torquay2585122532-729
18Braintree2576122943-1427
19Maidstone United2675142947-1826
20Woking2566133648-1224
21Southport2566132952-2324
22Guiseley2657142941-1222
23York2649132343-2021
24North Ferriby United2663171338-2521
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