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Tranmere Rovers 3-1 Gateshead

James Norwood
James Norwood has now scored 14 league goals this season.

Two first-half penalties from James Norwood strengthened Tranmere's grip on a National League play-off spot as they beat Gateshead.

Jon Shaw handled Adam Mekki's cross in the area and Norwood converted the spot-kick to give the hosts the lead.

Mekki was then brought down in the box and Norwood once again scored the penalty to double the advantage.

Michael Higdon nodded in the third, before Danny Johnson grabbed a consolation late on.

The win sees Rovers consolidate fifth place, with sixth-placed Wrexham now four points behind.

Gateshead's hopes of a play-off place remain intact as they sit in ninth position, five points behind Tranmere.

Line-ups

Tranmere

  • 1Davies
  • 7VaughanBooked at 42mins
  • 24McNulty
  • 4Jennings
  • 3Ridehalgh
  • 12Ihiekwe
  • 17MekkiSubstituted forMargettsat 90+3'minutes
  • 20Hughes
  • 23KirbySubstituted forMackrethat 74'minutes
  • 29HigdonSubstituted forTaylor-Fletcherat 89'minutes
  • 10Norwood

Substitutes

  • 9Taylor-Fletcher
  • 13Turner
  • 14Mackreth
  • 15Riley
  • 19Margetts

Gateshead

  • 1Russell
  • 30Bennett
  • 5Curtis
  • 8RamshawSubstituted forChandlerat 57'minutes
  • 29WhitmoreBooked at 57mins
  • 6Clark
  • 10Gillies
  • 26McLaughlin
  • 28HamiltonSubstituted forPattisonat 65'minutes
  • 9Shaw
  • 20Johnson

Substitutes

  • 2Baxter
  • 3Pattison
  • 4Chandler
  • 14Holden
  • 25Pearson
Referee:
Richard Wigglesworth
Attendance:
4,668

Match Stats

Home TeamTranmereAway TeamGateshead
Possession
Home56%
Away44%
Shots
Home10
Away7
Shots on Target
Home7
Away3
Corners
Home8
Away5
Fouls
Home12
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Tranmere Rovers 3, Gateshead 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Tranmere Rovers 3, Gateshead 1.

Substitution

Substitution, Tranmere Rovers. Jonathon Margetts replaces Adam Mekki.

Foul by James Curtis (Gateshead).

James Norwood (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick.

Attempt missed. Josh Gillies (Gateshead) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Foul by Liam Ridehalgh (Tranmere Rovers).

Jon Shaw (Gateshead) wins a free kick.

Substitution

Substitution, Tranmere Rovers. Gary Taylor-Fletcher replaces Michael Higdon.

Attempt missed. Lee Vaughan (Tranmere Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Attempt missed. Danny Johnson (Gateshead) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Foul by Steven Jennings (Tranmere Rovers).

Patrick McLaughlin (Gateshead) wins a free kick.

Foul by Steve McNulty (Tranmere Rovers).

Danny Johnson (Gateshead) wins a free kick.

Attempt saved. James Norwood (Tranmere Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved.

Corner, Gateshead.

Substitution

Substitution, Tranmere Rovers. Jack Mackreth replaces Jake Kirby.

Foul by Steve McNulty (Tranmere Rovers).

Danny Johnson (Gateshead) wins a free kick.

Corner, Gateshead.

Attempt saved. Danny Johnson (Gateshead) right footed shot from outside the box is saved.

Foul by Michael Higdon (Tranmere Rovers).

Andre Bennett (Gateshead) wins a free kick.

Foul by Steve McNulty (Tranmere Rovers).

Matty Pattison (Gateshead) wins a free kick.

Corner, Tranmere Rovers.

Goal!

Goal! Tranmere Rovers 3, Gateshead 1. Danny Johnson (Gateshead) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner.

Attempt saved. Patrick McLaughlin (Gateshead) right footed shot from outside the box is saved.

Substitution

Substitution, Gateshead. Matty Pattison replaces CJ Hamilton.

Attempt saved. Adam Mekki (Tranmere Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved.

Foul by Adam Mekki (Tranmere Rovers).

Alex Whitmore (Gateshead) wins a free kick.

Foul by Michael Ihiekwe (Tranmere Rovers).

Jon Shaw (Gateshead) wins a free kick.

Attempt saved. Jake Kirby (Tranmere Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved.

Corner, Tranmere Rovers.

Substitution

Substitution, Gateshead. Jamie Chandler replaces Rob Ramshaw.

Booking

Alex Whitmore (Gateshead) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Alex Whitmore (Gateshead).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Cheltenham372311367244380
2Forest Green37246762352778
3Grimsby341811567293865
4Braintree34179841261560
5Tranmere361791048351360
6Wrexham361681260441656
7Dover331671057441355
8Lincoln City3615101156461055
9Gateshead35167124552-755
10Eastleigh34158115147453
11Woking36147155749849
12Macclesfield36154174842649
13Bromley35146155758-148
14Aldershot35136164049-945
15Barrow34119144560-1542
16Southport36119163550-1542
17Chester351010154251-940
18Guiseley34912133249-1739
19Halifax3499164868-2036
20Boreham Wood35811163036-635
21Altrincham34811153255-2335
22Torquay3388174062-2232
23Welling3669212651-2527
24Kidderminster3759233761-2424
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