Match ends, Aldershot Town 0, Tranmere Rovers 3.
Aldershot Town 0-3 Tranmere Rovers
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.
- 17KellermanSubstituted forFenelonat 46'minutes
- 12AlexanderBooked at 54mins
- 20BenyuSubstituted forOyelekeat 63'minutes
- 10McClureSubstituted forRendellat 61'minutes
- 38WallaceBooked at 90mins
- 20MaynardBooked at 82minsSubstituted forManganat 87'minutes
- 10NorwoodSubstituted forDunnat 90+5'minutes
- 23StocktonSubstituted forCookat 86'minutes
- Craig Hicks
Second Half ends, Aldershot Town 0, Tranmere Rovers 3.
Substitution, Tranmere Rovers. Jack Dunn replaces James Norwood.
James Wallace (Tranmere Rovers) is shown the yellow card.
Substitution, Tranmere Rovers. Andy Mangan replaces Lois Maynard.
Substitution, Tranmere Rovers. Andy Cook replaces Cole Stockton.
Lois Maynard (Tranmere Rovers) is shown the yellow card.
Goal! Aldershot Town 0, Tranmere Rovers 3. Cole Stockton (Tranmere Rovers).
Substitution, Aldershot Town. Manny Oyeleke replaces Kundai Benyu.
Substitution, Aldershot Town. Scott Rendell replaces Matt McClure.
Cheye Alexander (Aldershot Town) is shown the yellow card.
Goal! Aldershot Town 0, Tranmere Rovers 2. James Norwood (Tranmere Rovers).
Substitution, Aldershot Town. Shamir Fenelon replaces Jim Kellerman.
Second Half begins Aldershot Town 0, Tranmere Rovers 1.
First Half ends, Aldershot Town 0, Tranmere Rovers 1.
Goal! Aldershot Town 0, Tranmere Rovers 1. Cole Stockton (Tranmere Rovers).
First Half begins.
Lineups are announced and players are warming up.