League Two
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Tranmere Rovers 3-1 Morecambe

Tranmere Rovers moved to within two points and a place of the League Two play-off spots with a Boxing Day win over Morecambe.

Micky Mellon's hosts led after three minutes when Connor Jennings' deflected effort fell to Cole Stockton, who struck low from the left of the penalty area into the bottom left corner.

Stockton then turned provider for Rovers' second in the 29th minute.

After controlling Jake Caprice's cross from the right, he fed top scorer James Norwood who poked home right-footed from close range.

It was 3-0 on the stroke of half-time when Jay Harris met Liam Ridehalgh's cross from the left to guide his header in from six-yards.

Jim Bentley's Shrimps pulled one back after 66 minutes when left-back Jordan Cranston drove into space and thumped his strike past Scott Davies from distance.

Mellon's Rovers professionally saw out the game, to climb to eighth, while Morecambe drop to 20th place.

Report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Tranmere

Formation 5-3-2

  • 1Davies
  • 3Ridehalgh
  • 6Monthe
  • 16EllisBooked at 86mins
  • 4SuttonSubstituted forGilmourat 83'minutes
  • 14Caprice
  • 11Jennings
  • 12McCullough
  • 8Harris
  • 20StocktonBooked at 37minsSubstituted forMullinat 83'minutes
  • 10Norwood

Substitutes

  • 2Buxton
  • 9Mullin
  • 18Smith
  • 22Gilmour
  • 23George
  • 24Bakayogo
  • 29Cole

Morecambe

Formation 4-4-2

  • 21Halstead
  • 27Cranston
  • 16Lavelle
  • 5Old
  • 2MillsBooked at 65mins
  • 11EllisonSubstituted forOatesat 59'minutes
  • 15WildigBooked at 57mins
  • 6TutteSubstituted forKenyonat 59'minutes
  • 17Mandeville
  • 9Oliver
  • 28Leitch-SmithSubstituted forThompsonat 83'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Kenyon
  • 7Thompson
  • 12Oswell
  • 13Szczepaniak
  • 14Yarney
  • 18Oates
  • 25Hedley
Referee:
Scott Oldham
Attendance:
7,483

Match Stats

Home TeamTranmereAway TeamMorecambe
Possession
Home54%
Away46%
Shots
Home17
Away9
Shots on Target
Home9
Away3
Corners
Home3
Away5
Fouls
Home10
Away5

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Tranmere Rovers 3, Morecambe 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Tranmere Rovers 3, Morecambe 1.

  3. Post update

    Delay in match Liam Ridehalgh (Tranmere Rovers) because of an injury.

  4. Post update

    Attempt missed. Rhys Oates (Morecambe) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left following a corner.

  5. Post update

    Corner, Morecambe. Conceded by Liam Ridehalgh.

  6. Post update

    Attempt missed. Paul Mullin (Tranmere Rovers) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right.

  7. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jordan Cranston (Morecambe) left footed shot from very close range is just a bit too high from a direct free kick.

  8. Booking

    Mark Ellis (Tranmere Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Mark Ellis (Tranmere Rovers).

  10. Post update

    Rhys Oates (Morecambe) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  11. Post update

    Attempt saved. Paul Mullin (Tranmere Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Morecambe. Garry Thompson replaces A-Jay Leitch-Smith.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Tranmere Rovers. Paul Mullin replaces Cole Stockton.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Tranmere Rovers. Harvey Gilmour replaces Ritchie Sutton.

  15. Post update

    Corner, Morecambe. Conceded by Emmanuel Monthe.

  16. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Rhys Oates (Morecambe) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Connor Jennings (Tranmere Rovers).

  18. Post update

    Jordan Cranston (Morecambe) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  19. Post update

    Attempt missed. Cole Stockton (Tranmere Rovers) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses the top left corner.

  20. Post update

    Attempt missed. Cole Stockton (Tranmere Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.