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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.

Line-ups

Tranmere

  • 1Davies
  • 2Vaughan
  • 12Sutton
  • 8HarrisBooked at 73mins
  • 5McNultyBooked at 12mins
  • 3Ridehalgh
  • 6Ihiekwe
  • 24J Hughes
  • 9CookBooked at 43minsSubstituted forStocktonat 90'minutes
  • 10NorwoodBooked at 87mins
  • 11JenningsSubstituted forMekkiat 58'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Mekki
  • 13Turner
  • 19Mangan
  • 23Stockton
  • 39Collins

Braintree

  • 33McNamara
  • 29ParrySubstituted forGoodmanat 76'minutes
  • 3Okimo
  • 8IsaacBooked at 22mins
  • 14Mbulu
  • 27Clohessy
  • 17Hall-JohnsonBooked at 38mins
  • 20Corne
  • 23Cheek
  • 9BarnardSubstituted forTwardekat 81'minutes
  • 7Midson

Substitutes

  • 4Lee
  • 12Maybanks
  • 18Goodman
  • 26Twardek
  • 36Farrell
Referee:
Sam Allison

Live Text

Match ends, Tranmere Rovers 1, Braintree Town 0.

Full Time

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

Substitution

Substitution, Tranmere Rovers. Cole Stockton replaces Andy Cook.

Booking

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

Substitution

Substitution, Braintree Town. Kristopher Twardek replaces Lee Barnard.

Substitution

Substitution, Braintree Town. Jake Goodman replaces Manny Parry.

Booking

Jay Harris (Tranmere Rovers) is shown the yellow card.

Substitution

Substitution, Tranmere Rovers. Adam Mekki replaces Connor Jennings.

Goal!

Goal! Tranmere Rovers 1, Braintree Town 0. Andy Cook (Tranmere Rovers).

Second Half

Second Half begins Tranmere Rovers 0, Braintree Town 0.

Half Time

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

Booking

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

Booking

Reece Hall-Johnson (Braintree Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Booking

Chez Isaac (Braintree Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Booking

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

Kick Off

First Half begins.

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Lincoln City36236770353575
2Forest Green39229880493175
3Tranmere37227856322473
4Dag & Red392241364461870
5Aldershot4019111055342168
6Gateshead401813966402667
7Dover382061272541866
8Barrow391714859401965
9Macclesfield361761349391057
10Wrexham401412143950-1154
11Eastleigh401314135252053
12Boreham Wood401313144034652
13Chester381310155754349
14Bromley39147184558-1349
15Solihull Moors39139175559-448
16Sutton United38139164551-648
17Guiseley401210184660-1446
18Braintree40129194764-1745
19Maidstone United38128184966-1744
20Woking40118215673-1741
21Torquay391010194455-1140
22York38715164160-1936
23Southport3997234584-3934
24North Ferriby United40103272669-4333
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