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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

  • 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

  • 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

Match ends, Tranmere Rovers 3, Morecambe 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Tranmere Rovers 3, Morecambe 1.

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

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

Corner, Morecambe. Conceded by Liam Ridehalgh.

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

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

Booking

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

Foul by Mark Ellis (Tranmere Rovers).

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

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

Substitution

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

Substitution

Substitution, Tranmere Rovers. Paul Mullin replaces Cole Stockton.

Substitution

Substitution, Tranmere Rovers. Harvey Gilmour replaces Ritchie Sutton.

Corner, Morecambe. Conceded by Emmanuel Monthe.

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

Foul by Connor Jennings (Tranmere Rovers).

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

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

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

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

Foul by Cole Stockton (Tranmere Rovers).

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

Corner, Tranmere Rovers. Conceded by Jordan Cranston.

Mark Ellis (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Vadaine Oliver (Morecambe).

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

Goal!

Goal! Tranmere Rovers 3, Morecambe 1. Jordan Cranston (Morecambe) left footed shot from outside the box to the top left corner. Assisted by A-Jay Leitch-Smith.

Booking

Zak Mills (Morecambe) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

Foul by Zak Mills (Morecambe).

Attempt missed. Rhys Oates (Morecambe) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Substitution

Substitution, Morecambe. Rhys Oates replaces Kevin Ellison.

Substitution

Substitution, Morecambe. Alex Kenyon replaces Andrew Tutte.

Attempt saved. James Norwood (Tranmere Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Booking

Aaron Wildig (Morecambe) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Emmanuel Monthe (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Aaron Wildig (Morecambe).

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

Connor Jennings (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

goal

As It Stood

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1Lincoln City23145442222047
2MK Dons23127433171643
3Mansfield221011134161841
4Colchester24125736251141
5Exeter2411763526940
6Bury24116745281739
7Forest Green23109435221339
8Tranmere2410773731637
9Carlisle24113103829936
10Stevenage2410593031-135
11Newport2310583541-635
12Oldham248883432232
13Swindon248882732-532
14Grimsby2494112730-331
15Northampton2461172931-229
16Port Vale2477102428-428
17Crewe2484122329-628
18Crawley2382133038-826
19Cheltenham2367102534-925
20Morecambe2474132640-1425
21Yeovil225892627-123
22Cambridge2465132139-1823
23Macclesfield2455142039-1920
24Notts County2447132651-2519
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