National League - 1st Leg
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Aldershot Town 0-3 Tranmere Rovers

Cole Stockton
Cole Stockton has scored 17 goals in 43 games this season

Two Cole Stockton goals put Tranmere in total control of their National League play-off semi-final after a comfortable 3-0 first-leg win at Aldershot.

It did not take long for Rovers to break the deadlock when Jeff Hughes dispossessed James Kellermann deep in the Aldershot half before his low cross found Stockton to fire past Jake Cole in the third minute.

The visitors almost doubled their advantage through Connor Jennings but his effort was superbly blocked by a last-ditch tackle from Callum Reynolds, whilst at the other end, Bernard Mensah rattled the crossbar with goalkeeper Scott Davies well beaten as Rovers took a slender half-time lead.

But Tranmere were 2-0 up shortly after the restart when Cole failed to deal with a simple cross from Liam Ridehalgh, dropping the ball at the feet of striker James Norwood, who tapped into an empty net.

Stockton sealed the victory in the 75th minute with a well-taken finish to double his tally following a swift counter from Norwood, giving Rovers a huge advantage ahead of the return leg on Sunday.

Match report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Aldershot

  • 1Cole
  • 2Arnold
  • 5Evans
  • 17KellermanSubstituted forFenelonat 46'minutes
  • 12AlexanderBooked at 54mins
  • 22Reynolds
  • 16Gallagher
  • 20BenyuSubstituted forOyelekeat 63'minutes
  • 10McClureSubstituted forRendellat 61'minutes
  • 11Mensah
  • 19Kanu

Substitutes

  • 3Straker
  • 7Fenelon
  • 9Rendell
  • 15Oyeleke
  • 25Smith

Tranmere

  • 1Davies
  • 3Ridehalgh
  • 6Ihiekwe
  • 22Buxton
  • 5McNulty
  • 38J WallaceBooked at 90mins
  • 24J Hughes
  • 20MaynardBooked at 82minsSubstituted forManganat 87'minutes
  • 10NorwoodSubstituted forDunnat 90+5'minutes
  • 11Jennings
  • 23StocktonSubstituted forCookat 86'minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Cook
  • 13Turner
  • 16Dunn
  • 19Mangan
  • 39Collins
Referee:
Craig Hicks
Attendance:
5,614

Live Text

Match ends, Aldershot Town 0, Tranmere Rovers 3.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Aldershot Town 0, Tranmere Rovers 3.

Substitution

Substitution, Tranmere Rovers. Jack Dunn replaces James Norwood.

Booking

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

Substitution

Substitution, Tranmere Rovers. Andy Mangan replaces Lois Maynard.

Substitution

Substitution, Tranmere Rovers. Andy Cook replaces Cole Stockton.

Booking

Lois Maynard (Tranmere Rovers) is shown the yellow card.

Goal!

Goal! Aldershot Town 0, Tranmere Rovers 3. Cole Stockton (Tranmere Rovers).

Substitution

Substitution, Aldershot Town. Manny Oyeleke replaces Kundai Benyu.

Substitution

Substitution, Aldershot Town. Scott Rendell replaces Matt McClure.

Booking

Cheye Alexander (Aldershot Town) is shown the yellow card.

Goal!

Goal! Aldershot Town 0, Tranmere Rovers 2. James Norwood (Tranmere Rovers).

Substitution

Substitution, Aldershot Town. Shamir Fenelon replaces Jim Kellerman.

Second Half

Second Half begins Aldershot Town 0, Tranmere Rovers 1.

Half Time

First Half ends, Aldershot Town 0, Tranmere Rovers 1.

Goal!

Goal! Aldershot Town 0, Tranmere Rovers 1. Cole Stockton (Tranmere Rovers).

Kick Off

First Half begins.

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

goal

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Wednesday 3rd May 2017

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As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Lincoln City46309783404399
2Tranmere46298979394095
3Forest Green4625111088563286
4Dag & Red462661479532684
5Aldershot4623131066372982
6Dover462471585632279
7Barrow4620151172531975
8Gateshead4619131472512170
9Macclesfield46208186457768
10Bromley46188205966-762
11Boreham Wood461513184948158
12Sutton United461513186163-258
13Wrexham461513184761-1458
14Maidstone United461610205975-1658
15Eastleigh461415175663-757
16Solihull Moors461510216275-1355
17Torquay461411215461-753
18Woking461411216680-1453
19Chester461410226371-852
20Guiseley461312215067-1751
21York461117185570-1550
22Braintree46139245176-2548
23Southport46109275297-4539
24North Ferriby United46123313282-5039
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