Match ends, Tranmere Rovers 1, Braintree Town 0.
Tranmere Rovers 1-0 Braintree Town
Andy Cook scored the only goal as Tranmere kept the pressure on top two Lincoln and Forest Green with a 1-0 home win over Braintree.
Tranmere were denied the opener by some fine defending from the visitors as the first half came to a close.
A 25-yard free-kick from Jeff Hughes was palmed away by Ben McNamara into the path of Cook whose shot hit the post before James Norwood hit the loose ball straight at McNamara.
Tranmere broke the deadlock 10 minutes into the second half when Cook made up for his earlier miss.
The home side were denied a second with 20 minutes to go when McNamara saved a penalty from Hughes.
McNamara also saved the follow-up from Norwood, the player he had brought down for the spot-kick to be awarded.
Match report supplied by the Press Association.
- 8HarrisBooked at 73mins
- 5McNultyBooked at 12mins
- 24J Hughes
- 9CookBooked at 43minsSubstituted forStocktonat 90'minutes
- 10NorwoodBooked at 87mins
- 11JenningsSubstituted forMekkiat 58'minutes
- 29ParrySubstituted forGoodmanat 76'minutes
- 8IsaacBooked at 22mins
- 17Hall-JohnsonBooked at 38mins
- 9BarnardSubstituted forTwardekat 81'minutes
- Sam Allison
Second Half ends, Tranmere Rovers 1, Braintree Town 0.
Substitution, Tranmere Rovers. Cole Stockton replaces Andy Cook.
James Norwood (Tranmere Rovers) is shown the yellow card.
Substitution, Braintree Town. Kristopher Twardek replaces Lee Barnard.
Substitution, Braintree Town. Jake Goodman replaces Manny Parry.
Jay Harris (Tranmere Rovers) is shown the yellow card.
Substitution, Tranmere Rovers. Adam Mekki replaces Connor Jennings.
Goal! Tranmere Rovers 1, Braintree Town 0. Andy Cook (Tranmere Rovers).
Second Half begins Tranmere Rovers 0, Braintree Town 0.
First Half ends, Tranmere Rovers 0, Braintree Town 0.
Andy Cook (Tranmere Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Reece Hall-Johnson (Braintree Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Chez Isaac (Braintree Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Steve McNulty (Tranmere Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
First Half begins.
Lineups are announced and players are warming up.