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Tranmere Rovers 1-0 Cambridge United

James Norwood ended Tranmere's three-match League Two winless run as Cambridge were beaten 1-0 at Prenton Park.

The prolific marksman tapped in his 15th league goal of the season 13 minutes from time, moving Rovers back into the play-off positions.

United goalkeeper David Forde twice denied the hosts in the opening 10 minutes, first saving brilliantly from Norwood before tipping a Cole Stockton header over the bar.

Cambridge could have led themselves before the break when George Maris saw a great chance saved by Scott Davies before Paul Lewis' bending 35-yarder clattered the post with Davies beaten.

Tranmere returned after the break with much more aggressive purpose however and should have led when Manny Monthe fired over left-footed from six yards out.

But on 77 minutes, a fierce shot from Johnny Smith was tipped away by Forde but only into the path of substitute Paul Mullin and his goal-bound header was poked home by Norwood on the line.

Rovers held on to secure all three points amid a thunderous downpour.

Match report supplied by Press Association.

Line-ups

Tranmere

  • 1Davies
  • 2BuxtonBooked at 61mins
  • 5McNulty
  • 6Monthe
  • 3Ridehalgh
  • 18SmithSubstituted forCapriceat 86'minutes
  • 8Harris
  • 12McCullough
  • 11JenningsBooked at 81mins
  • 10Norwood
  • 20StocktonSubstituted forMullinat 76'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Sutton
  • 7Tollitt
  • 9Mullin
  • 14Caprice
  • 19Akammadu
  • 23George
  • 24Bakayogo

Cambridge

  • 1Forde
  • 2Halliday
  • 5Taylor
  • 16Darling
  • 3Carroll
  • 22LewisSubstituted forAmooat 84'minutes
  • 6Deegan
  • 18Maris
  • 11DunkSubstituted forLambeat 81'minutes
  • 20Brown
  • 14Ibehre

Substitutes

  • 4Taft
  • 7Amoo
  • 8O'Neil
  • 10Azeez
  • 13Mitov
  • 17Davies
  • 19Lambe
Referee:
Ollie Yates
Attendance:
5,016

Match Stats

Home TeamTranmereAway TeamCambridge
Possession
Home49%
Away51%
Shots
Home10
Away8
Shots on Target
Home5
Away2
Corners
Home1
Away4
Fouls
Home17
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Tranmere Rovers 1, Cambridge United 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Tranmere Rovers 1, Cambridge United 0.

Substitution

Substitution, Tranmere Rovers. Jake Caprice replaces Johnny Smith.

Substitution

Substitution, Cambridge United. David Amoo replaces Paul Lewis.

Attempt missed. Adam Buxton (Tranmere Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Substitution

Substitution, Cambridge United. Reggie Lambe replaces Harrison Dunk.

Booking

Connor Jennings (Tranmere Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Connor Jennings (Tranmere Rovers).

Brad Halliday (Cambridge United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Goal!

Goal! Tranmere Rovers 1, Cambridge United 0. James Norwood (Tranmere Rovers) right footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Paul Mullin.

Substitution

Substitution, Tranmere Rovers. Paul Mullin replaces Cole Stockton.

Attempt missed. Cole Stockton (Tranmere Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Adam Buxton (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Harrison Dunk (Cambridge United).

Connor Jennings (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Paul Lewis (Cambridge United).

Attempt saved. James Norwood (Tranmere Rovers) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Attempt missed. Paul Lewis (Cambridge United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left from a direct free kick.

Foul by Jay Harris (Tranmere Rovers).

Jevani Brown (Cambridge United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Hand ball by James Norwood (Tranmere Rovers).

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

Foul by Connor Jennings (Tranmere Rovers).

Brad Halliday (Cambridge United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt missed. Emmanuel Monthe (Tranmere Rovers) left footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

Connor Jennings (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Harrison Dunk (Cambridge United).

Cole Stockton (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Greg Taylor (Cambridge United).

Booking

Adam Buxton (Tranmere Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Adam Buxton (Tranmere Rovers).

Harrison Dunk (Cambridge United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

James Norwood (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Brad Halliday (Cambridge United).

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

Liam Ridehalgh (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Paul Lewis (Cambridge United).

Foul by Cole Stockton (Tranmere Rovers).

Greg Taylor (Cambridge United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by James Norwood (Tranmere Rovers).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1MK Dons21127232131943
2Lincoln City20125335171841
3Colchester21115534191538
4Bury21106540211936
5Mansfield20811129141535
6Newport2110563234-235
7Tranmere219753125634
8Forest Green218943021933
9Exeter218762923631
10Stevenage219482626031
11Swindon218672529-430
12Oldham217862821729
13Carlisle2183102527-227
14Northampton216872628-226
15Port Vale217592225-326
16Crawley2082102731-426
17Crewe2174102126-525
18Grimsby2164112029-922
19Morecambe2164112134-1322
20Yeovil195682424021
21Cheltenham2055102031-1120
22Cambridge2154121935-1619
23Notts County2137112243-2116
24Macclesfield2134141638-2213
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