League Two
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Tranmere Rovers 1-0 Cheltenham Town

Tranmere collected their first win of the season as they beat Cheltenham in Prenton Park's homecoming return to the Football League.

James Norwood got the only goal of the game on 12 minutes with a stunning right-footed volley.

His strike partner Cole Stockton, who signed a one-year-deal with the club earlier this month after leaving Carlisle, had an effort tipped over on the half-hour mark.

Liam McAlinden could have brought Cheltenham level just past the hour mark but his shot rolled woefully wide.

Micky Mellon's side could have secured victory late on when midfielder Ollie Banks forced Scott Flinders to make a superb save.

Cheltenham, still searching for their first point of the League Two season, offered very little in a dogged performance.

New signing Manny Duku went down holding his face in the home penalty area, following a late first-half challenge from Tranmere captain Stephen McNulty. But he was brought off by an unimpressed Cheltenham boss Gary Johnson.

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Line-ups

Tranmere

  • 1Davies
  • 14Caprice
  • 5McNultyBooked at 70mins
  • 4SuttonSubstituted forMontheat 45+2'minutes
  • 24Bakayogo
  • 18SmithSubstituted forTollittat 65'minutes
  • 8Harris
  • 28Banks
  • 11Jennings
  • 10Norwood
  • 20StocktonSubstituted forGilmourat 73'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Monthe
  • 7Tollitt
  • 9Mullin
  • 16Ellis
  • 22Gilmour
  • 23George
  • 29Cole

Cheltenham

  • 1Flinders
  • 21Baldwin
  • 5Mullins
  • 15Boyle
  • 17Debayo
  • 8DawsonSubstituted forBroomat 63'minutes
  • 4Tozer
  • 6Atangana
  • 20Maddox
  • 9DukuSubstituted forKalalaat 45+3'minutes
  • 10McAlindenSubstituted forAddaiat 72'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Thomas
  • 11Broom
  • 14Smith
  • 16Addai
  • 22Lovett
  • 23Forster
  • 24Kalala
Referee:
Ben Toner
Attendance:
6,736

Match Stats

Home TeamTranmereAway TeamCheltenham
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home17
Away9
Shots on Target
Home4
Away1
Corners
Home8
Away6
Fouls
Home15
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, Tranmere Rovers 1, Cheltenham Town 0.

Full Time

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

Attempt missed. Ben Tozer (Cheltenham Town) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

Foul by Oliver Banks (Tranmere Rovers).

Jacob Maddox (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Oliver Banks (Tranmere Rovers) hits the bar with a right footed shot from outside the box.

Harvey Gilmour (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Alex Addai (Cheltenham Town).

Corner, Tranmere Rovers. Conceded by Nigel Atangana.

Corner, Cheltenham Town. Conceded by Steve McNulty.

Corner, Cheltenham Town. Conceded by Zoumana Bakayogo.

Corner, Cheltenham Town. Conceded by Steve McNulty.

Attempt missed. Alex Addai (Cheltenham Town) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Attempt missed. Harvey Gilmour (Tranmere Rovers) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is close, but misses to the right.

Oliver Banks (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ryan Broom (Cheltenham Town).

Foul by Jay Harris (Tranmere Rovers).

Kalvin Kalala (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Tranmere Rovers. Harvey Gilmour replaces Cole Stockton.

Substitution

Substitution, Cheltenham Town. Alex Addai replaces Liam McAlinden.

Corner, Cheltenham Town. Conceded by Jake Caprice.

Booking

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

Foul by Steve McNulty (Tranmere Rovers).

Kalvin Kalala (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Tranmere Rovers. Conceded by Scott Flinders.

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

Attempt blocked. Kalvin Kalala (Cheltenham Town) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Tranmere Rovers. Ben Tollitt replaces Johnny Smith.

Attempt missed. Liam McAlinden (Cheltenham Town) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the left.

Substitution

Substitution, Cheltenham Town. Ryan Broom replaces Kevin Dawson.

Cole Stockton (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Kevin Dawson (Cheltenham Town).

Attempt missed. Kalvin Kalala (Cheltenham Town) right footed shot from more than 35 yards is too high.

Foul by Jay Harris (Tranmere Rovers).

Jacob Maddox (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Oliver Banks (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ben Tozer (Cheltenham Town).

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

Foul by James Norwood (Tranmere Rovers).

Josh Debayo (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

goal

As It Stood

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3MK Dons22003126
4Forest Green21105234
5Mansfield21105234
6Stevenage21105324
7Colchester21102024
8Tranmere21103214
9Crewe21016153
10Port Vale21013213
11Bury21011103
12Grimsby210134-13
13Crawley210123-13
14Swindon210146-23
15Cambridge210135-23
16Newport210113-23
17Northampton201123-11
18Notts County201123-11
19Oldham201123-11
20Yeovil201123-11
21Carlisle201135-21
22Cheltenham200202-20
23Macclesfield200225-30
24Morecambe200208-80
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