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Tranmere Rovers 2-0 Chester

By Ged ScottBBC Sport at Prenton Park

Tranmere Rovers triumphed for the first time in five matches to win the first West Cheshire derby with Chester in 25 seasons.

Liam Hogan's early header set Rovers on their way before James Norwood doubled the lead on 37 minutes with a superb solo dribble and right-footed shot.

Chester rallied after the break and had a chance to reduce the deficit when Sam Hughes won a penalty for handball.

But keeper Scott Davies dived to his left to block John Rooney's spot-kick.

Chester old boy Gary Brabin's Rovers would have won by more had it not been for two fine one-on-one saves by visiting keeper Jon Worsnop to deny Norwood.

Tranmere Rovers manager Gary Brabin told BBC Radio Merseyside:

"It was a deserved three points. We played some great stuff in that first half and it was a class goal from James Norwood.

"We all know 2-0 is a dangerous lead and we expected Chester to come out kicking and screaming after the break. They're a good side.

"But, for all that, we still had plenty of chances. Scott Davies has made a fine save to keep out the penalty and all in all, it's a very pleasing result in front of a good crowd, which made for a great derby atmosphere."

Chester manager Steve Burr told BBC Radio Merseyside:

"It was poor defending for both the goals, especially for their first. You expect your keeper to come to take balls like that.

"And, for the second, although it was a wonderful goal by Norwood, he still started in his own half. We should have stopped him.

"Looking at it from their bench, it was a great goal. Looking at it from our bench, it was a poor one."

Line-ups

Tranmere

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Davies
  • 12IhiekweBooked at 40mins
  • 2Sutton
  • 8Harris
  • 16Hill
  • 5Hogan
  • 17Mekki
  • 4Jennings
  • 20DawsonBooked at 39minsSubstituted forJacksonat 78'minutes
  • 10NorwoodSubstituted forMargettsat 90+4'minutes
  • 14ManganSubstituted forMaynardat 86'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Ridehalgh
  • 7Jackson
  • 11Maynard
  • 13Turner
  • 19Margetts

Chester

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Worsnop
  • 4KayBooked at 82mins
  • 22Heneghan
  • 10RooneyBooked at 81mins
  • 3Hunt
  • 6Sharps
  • 2Higgins
  • 8Shaw
  • 7MahonSubstituted forHughesat 46'minutesBooked at 51mins
  • 9HannahSubstituted forHobsonat 70'minutes
  • 16O'HanlonSubstituted forRichardsat 65'minutes

Substitutes

  • 11Chapell
  • 12Hughes
  • 13Forth
  • 15Richards
  • 19Hobson
Referee:
Simon Bennett
Attendance:
7,433

Match Stats

Home TeamTranmereAway TeamChester
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home8
Away10
Shots on Target
Home3
Away5
Corners
Home2
Away2
Fouls
Home12
Away9

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Tranmere Rovers 2, Chester FC 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Tranmere Rovers 2, Chester FC 0.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Jay Harris (Tranmere Rovers).

  4. Post update

    Kane Richards (Chester FC) wins a free kick.

  5. Substitution

    Substitution, Tranmere Rovers. Jonathon Margetts replaces James Norwood.

  6. Post update

    Corner, Tranmere Rovers.

  7. Post update

    Attempt blocked. James Norwood (Tranmere Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  8. Post update

    Attempt missed. Michael Kay (Chester FC) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, Tranmere Rovers. Lois Maynard replaces Andy Mangan.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Craig Hobson (Chester FC).

  11. Post update

    Steven Jennings (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick.

  12. Post update

    Attempt missed. Ryan Higgins (Chester FC) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is too high. Assisted by Johnny Hunt with a cross.

  13. Post update

    Offside, Tranmere Rovers. Andy Mangan tries a through ball, but Andy Mangan is caught offside.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Liam Hogan (Tranmere Rovers).

  15. Post update

    Craig Hobson (Chester FC) wins a free kick.

  16. Booking

    Michael Kay (Chester FC) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Michael Kay (Chester FC).

  18. Post update

    Adam Mekki (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick.

  19. Booking

    John Rooney (Chester FC) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  20. Post update

    Foul by John Rooney (Chester FC).