Stevenage are now six points off the League One play-off places after they were well beaten at resurgent Tranmere.

Tranmere made a great start as Jake Cassidy reacted quickest after Ash Taylor's header was parried by goalkeeper Chris Day.

Nine-minutes later Cassidy, who is on loan from Wolves, got his second as he headed home Andy Robinson's corner.

Lucas Akins converted John Welsh's 77th minute cross for the third to see Tranmere go 11th in League One.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Tranmere manager Ronnie Moore told BBC Radio Merseyside:

"That's an accomplished win. You think it's going to be a really hard game and we made it easy for ourselves.

"We started on the front foot, put them under pressure and got a two-goal lead.

"The third goal was a great bit of football and at times we played some good stuff.

"It's really tight but you're going to be very unfortunate if you go down once you've reached that 50-point target."

Lineup, Bookings (1) & Substitutions (4)

Tranmere

  • 01 fon Williams
  • 05 Goodison
  • 12 Taylor
  • 15 Holmes
  • 16 Buchanan
  • 08 Welsh
  • 11 Robinson
  • 27 Wallace Booked
  • 07 Showunmi (Brunt - 78' )
  • 17 Akins
  • 18 Cassidy

Substitutes

  • 13 Coughlin
  • 03 Bakayogo
  • 04 Labadie
  • 10 Weir
  • 28 Brunt

Stevenage

  • 16 Day
  • 03 Laird
  • 05 Ashton
  • 14 Roberts
  • 25 Henry (Lascelles - 84' )
  • 02 Wilson
  • 11 Myrie-Williams (Agyemang - 46' )
  • 13 Byrom
  • 24 Bostwick
  • 15 Freeman
  • 27 Slew (Reid - 65' )

Substitutes

  • 01 Julian
  • 30 Lascelles
  • 08 Long
  • 10 Reid
  • 29 Agyemang
Ref: Phil Gibbs
Att: 8,526

Match Stats

Shots

10 5

On target

5 3

Corners

4 7

Fouls

10 9

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +3:43 Full time

Full Time The match has reached full-time.

90:00 +2:46

Danny Holmes takes a short corner.

90:00 +2:41

The ball is crossed by Jake Cassidy, Mark Roberts makes a clearance.

90:00 +2:03

A cross is delivered by Michael Bostwick, John Welsh makes a clearance.

90:00 +0:44

Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Joel Byrom played to the near post, Andy Robinson makes a clearance.

90:00 +0:35

The ball is sent over by Lawrie Wilson, clearance by Ash Taylor.

88:17

Foul by Michael Bostwick on Ian Goodison, free kick awarded. Owain Fon Williams restarts play with the free kick.

86:17

Jamaal Lascelles fouled by John Welsh, the ref awards a free kick. Scott Laird takes the direct free kick.

83:56 Substitution

Substitution (Stevenage) makes a substitution, with Jamaal Lascelles coming on for Ronnie Henry.

83:47

Effort on goal by David Buchanan from just inside the area clears the bar.

81:44

Free kick awarded for a foul by Patrick Agyemang on David Buchanan. David Buchanan takes the free kick.

81:06

The ball is sent over by Scott Laird, Owain Fon Williams makes a save.

79:46

Corner taken by Joel Byrom from the left by-line played to the near post, John Welsh makes a clearance.

79:38

Centre by Lawrie Wilson, John Welsh manages to make a clearance.

77:13 Substitution

Substitution Enoch Showunmi goes off and Ryan Brunt comes on.

76:38

John Welsh provided the assist for the goal.

76:38 Goal scored

Goal! - Lucas Akins - Tranmere 3 - 0 Stevenage Lucas Akins scores a goal from just inside the penalty area low into the middle of the goal. Tranmere 3-0 Stevenage.

76:31

John Welsh delivers the ball,

74:42

Free kick awarded for a foul by Scott Laird on Lucas Akins. Free kick taken by Danny Holmes.

72:40

David Buchanan fouled by Lawrie Wilson, the ref awards a free kick. Owain Fon Williams takes the free kick.

70:45

Scott Laird sends in a cross, save made by Owain Fon Williams.

70:27

The ball is swung over by Danny Holmes, clearance by Michael Bostwick.

69:03

Ash Taylor delivers the ball, save made by Chris Day.

67:52

Headed effort from the edge of the area by Mark Roberts goes wide of the right-hand post.

67:28

Foul by Ash Taylor on Craig Reid, free kick awarded. Joel Byrom takes the free kick.

64:15 Substitution

Substitution Craig Reid joins the action as a substitute, replacing Jordan Slew.

62:48

The ball is swung over by James Wallace, Jon Ashton makes a clearance.

59:12

John Welsh gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Lawrie Wilson. Direct free kick taken by Ronnie Henry.

57:51

The ball is delivered by James Wallace.

56:22

The ball is sent over by Michael Bostwick, clearance by Ash Taylor.

54:38

The ball is crossed by Danny Holmes, Jon Ashton makes a clearance.

54:00

The ball is sent over by Danny Holmes, Scott Laird manages to make a clearance.

53:34

Lawrie Wilson sends in a cross, clearance by Ash Taylor.

53:20

John Welsh concedes a free kick for a foul on Patrick Agyemang. Joel Byrom restarts play with the free kick.

52:55

Andy Robinson takes a shot. Save made by Chris Day.

51:46

Andy Robinson produces a left-footed shot from deep inside the penalty box which goes wide of the left-hand upright.

51:29

Centre by David Buchanan, clearance by Scott Laird.

50:03

A cross is delivered by Ronnie Henry, Ash Taylor makes a clearance.

45:28

Effort from inside the area by Jordan Slew misses to the left of the target.

45:17

Centre by Ronnie Henry, Ian Goodison makes a clearance.

45:01

The match restarts for the second half.

45:01 Substitution

Substitution (Stevenage) makes a substitution, with Patrick Agyemang coming on for Jennison Myrie-Williams.

45:00 +2:15 Half time

Half Time The ref blows to end the first period.

45:00 +1:49

Scott Laird produces a cross, clearance by Ash Taylor.

45:00 +1:05

The ball is delivered by Andy Robinson.

44:37

Lawrie Wilson produces a cross.

44:19

Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Joel Byrom, Owain Fon Williams makes a save.

44:13

The ball is sent over by Joel Byrom, clearance by Ian Goodison.

44:03

Lawrie Wilson delivers the ball.

43:17

Corner taken left-footed by Joel Byrom from the left by-line to the near post, clearance by David Buchanan.

41:44

Corner taken left-footed by David Buchanan from the right by-line, James Wallace produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the area and misses to the left of the goal.

41:38

Lucas Akins produces a cross, Mark Roberts makes a clearance.

36:49

Lucas Akins gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Scott Laird. Chris Day takes the free kick.

35:38

Jordan Slew concedes a free kick for a foul on David Buchanan. David Buchanan takes the direct free kick.

34:38

Effort from outside the box by John Welsh goes wide right of the target.

32:36

Effort on goal by Jordan Slew from 12 yards. Save made by Owain Fon Williams.

31:23

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Lucas Akins by Luke Freeman. Direct free kick taken by Danny Holmes.

29:46

Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Joel Byrom, clearance by Ian Goodison.

27:02 Booking

Booking The referee cautions James Wallace for persistent infringement.

26:48

Shot from just outside the box by Jake Cassidy misses to the right of the goal.

25:01

Corner taken by Joel Byrom from the left by-line, Jon Ashton takes a shot. Save by Owain Fon Williams.

24:16

Corner taken by Joel Byrom, clearance by Ash Taylor.

22:22

Free kick awarded for a foul by John Welsh on Lawrie Wilson. Strike comes in from Scott Laird from the free kick, save by Owain Fon Williams.

20:19

Unfair challenge on James Wallace by Ronnie Henry results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by David Buchanan.

17:08

Andy Robinson takes a outswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post, Jordan Slew manages to make a clearance.

15:50

James Wallace challenges Scott Laird unfairly and gives away a free kick. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Joel Byrom, clearance by Ian Goodison.

14:59

Enoch Showunmi gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Lawrie Wilson. Scott Laird restarts play with the free kick.

13:58

The ball is swung over by Andy Robinson, Mark Roberts makes a clearance.

10:54

Andy Robinson provided the assist for the goal.

10:54 Goal scored

Goal! - Jake Cassidy - Tranmere 2 - 0 Stevenage Jake Cassidy finds the back of the net with a headed goal from inside the area. Tranmere 2-0 Stevenage.

10:26

Andy Robinson takes a outswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post,

10:17

Andy Robinson delivers the ball, Ronnie Henry makes a clearance.

9:46

The ball is sent over by Lucas Akins, Jon Ashton manages to make a clearance.

8:00

Jake Cassidy concedes a free kick for a foul on Ronnie Henry. Direct free kick taken by Ronnie Henry.

5:30

Free kick awarded for a foul by Lucas Akins on Scott Laird. Free kick taken by Chris Day.

4:50

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ian Goodison by Jennison Myrie-Williams. Owain Fon Williams restarts play with the free kick.

1:40

Assist on the goal came from Ash Taylor.

1:40 Goal scored

Goal! - Jake Cassidy - Tranmere 1 - 0 Stevenage Jake Cassidy gets on the score sheet with a goal from close range to the bottom left corner of the goal. Tranmere 1-0 Stevenage.

1:00

Free kick awarded for a foul by Lawrie Wilson on Andy Robinson. David Buchanan delivers the ball, Ash Taylor takes a shot. Save made by Chris Day.

0:00

The game kicks-off.

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