Tranmere saw off the challenge of non-league Braintree to set up an FA Cup second-round tie with Chesterfield.

Rovers took the lead when Joe Thompson bundled the ball home after Danny Naisbitt could only parry Cole Stockton's superb volley into the air.

After the Iron's Luke Daley poked tamely at the keeper when clear on goal, Stockton struck from the edge of the area to double Tranmere's lead.

Stockton was again involved setting up Max Power to fire in to ensure the win.

The scoreline appeared to flatter the away side, who began on the back foot in this re-arranged fixture, after the original tie was postponed shortly before kick-off because of a waterlogged pitch.

Braintree went close when Dan Holman's effort squeezed just wide.

Despite falling behind when Thompson capitalised upon Naisbitt's block, the Essex side certainly showed they were no pushovers, with Daley twice coming close to equalising.

However, shortly after the break, Stockton turned a Braintree defender and slammed home a shot which stung the fingertips of Naisbitt as it flew into the net.

And with only minutes to go, substitute Power calmly found the net after being set up by the effervescent Stockton.

Victory ensures that Tranmere will be at home to the League Two Spireites in round two.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Braintree manager Alan Devonshire told BBC Essex:

"I think we needed to score early if we were going to push on and get the result. I was disappointed with the goals and the few injuries I've got.

"We tried to get it down and play, but late on in the game we've just humped it (forward) and lost our rhythm a bit, but I'm proud of my boys.

"If you look at the first two goals we've given away, both are defensive errors really, the two centre-halves got spun.

"I'm not going to be too critical, we just pick ourselves up now, we've got Grimsby on Saturday."

Tranmere Rovers manager Ronnie Moore told BBC Radio Merseyside:

"It wasn't a sparkling performance, but you come to grounds like this, you have to knuckle down.

"All credit to Braintree, they played well and had a couple of half-chances.

"We got goals at the right time, without really getting out of first gear.

"What's going on with the injuries is just ridiculous. Another wide man (Joe Thompson) went off with a thigh strain and a centre-half (Ash Taylor) went off with a hamstring injury.

"We'll be lucky if we can patch a side up for MK Dons on Friday."

Lineup, Bookings (0) & Substitutions (6)

Braintree Town

  • 22 Naisbitt
  • 03 Habergham
  • 05 Paine
  • 16 O'Connor
  • 19 Wells (Bailey-Dennis - 38' )
  • 06 Quinton
  • 08 Davis
  • 11 Sparkes
  • 17 Mulley (Daley - 29' )
  • 09 Marks (Sheppard - 67' )
  • 20 Holman

Substitutes

  • 01 McDonald
  • 04 Bailey-Dennis
  • 07 Symons
  • 12 Daley
  • 02 Peters
  • 10 Dawkin
  • 14 Sheppard

Tranmere

  • 01 fon Williams
  • 02 Holmes
  • 04 Taylor (Goodison - 57' )
  • 14 Bakayogo
  • 21 Gibson
  • 07 Thompson (Kirby - 43' )
  • 08 Wallace (Power - 77' )
  • 10 Robinson
  • 12 Harrison
  • 16 Stockton
  • 24 Jervis

Substitutes

  • 33 Mooney
  • 05 Goodison
  • 18 McChrystal
  • 19 Kay
  • 17 Power
  • 15 Kirby
Ref: Whitestone
Att: 1,503

Match Stats

Shots

11 15

On target

4 10

Corners

7 1

Fouls

9 10

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +4:00 Full time

Full Time The match has reached full-time.

90:00 +3:05

Jake Jervis is caught offside. Direct free kick taken by Danny Naisbitt.

89:42

The assist for the goal came from Cole Stockton.

89:42 Goal scored

Goal! - Max Power - Braintree 0 - 3 Tranmere A goal is scored by Max Power from inside the area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Braintree Town 0-3 Tranmere.

87:31

Zoumana Bakayogo is caught offside. Indirect free kick taken by Danny Naisbitt.

86:28

The ball is swung over by Jake Kirby.

83:51

The ball is delivered by Matthew Paine, clearance by Ben Gibson. Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Daniel Sparkes, Adam Bailey-Dennis takes a shot. Zoumana Bakayogo makes a clearance.

83:11

A cross is delivered by Luke Daley, blocked by Zoumana Bakayogo. Corner taken left-footed by Daniel Sparkes from the right by-line, save by Owain Fon Williams.

82:43

Max Power has an effort at goal from 20 yards. Sam Habergham gets a block in.

81:31

Pat O'Connor produces a cross, Danny Holmes makes a clearance.

79:24

Kaine Sheppard crosses the ball, Ian Goodison manages to make a clearance.

79:01

Max Power takes a shot. Adam Bailey-Dennis gets a block in.

76:31

Ben Gibson restarts play with the free kick.

76:31 Substitution

Substitution Max Power joins the action as a substitute, replacing James Wallace.

76:31

The referee blows for offside.

75:27

The referee blows for offside against Jake Jervis. Free kick taken by Danny Naisbitt.

74:11

The ball is swung over by James Wallace, blocked by Brad Quinton. Andy Robinson takes a shot. Save by Danny Naisbitt.

73:19

The ball is delivered by James Wallace, Adam Bailey-Dennis gets a block in. Danny Harrison has a drilled shot. Danny Naisbitt makes a save. Corner taken short by Jake Kirby.

71:39

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Zoumana Bakayogo by Brad Quinton. Owain Fon Williams takes the free kick.

69:58

Matthew Paine gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Danny Harrison. Ben Gibson restarts play with the free kick.

68:46

James Wallace sends in a cross.

68:21

Jake Jervis challenges Adam Bailey-Dennis unfairly and gives away a free kick. Danny Naisbitt takes the free kick.

67:51

Shot by Cole Stockton from outside the box goes high over the crossbar.

66:24 Substitution

Substitution Kaine Sheppard on for Sean Marks.

62:54

Sam Habergham delivers the ball, blocked by Ben Gibson. The ball is swung over by Zoumana Bakayogo, Danny Naisbitt makes a comfortable save. Foul by Ben Gibson on Sean Marks, free kick awarded. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Daniel Sparkes.

61:59

James Wallace gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Luke Daley. Free kick taken by Danny Naisbitt.

56:55 Substitution

Substitution Ian Goodison comes on in place of Ash Taylor.

54:45

The assistant referee signals for offside against Sean Marks. Indirect free kick taken by Owain Fon Williams.

53:54

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Sean Marks by Ben Gibson. Brad Quinton takes the direct free kick.

52:08

Assist by Andy Robinson.

52:08 Goal scored

Goal! - Cole Stockton - Braintree 0 - 2 Tranmere Cole Stockton finds the net with a fantastic goal from outside the penalty area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Braintree Town 0-2 Tranmere.

50:42

The ball is swung over by Sam Habergham.

49:11

Kenny Davis produces a cross, save by Owain Fon Williams.

48:49

Jake Kirby concedes a free kick for a foul on Daniel Sparkes. Danny Naisbitt restarts play with the free kick.

47:29

Sean Marks concedes a free kick for a foul on Danny Harrison. Owain Fon Williams restarts play with the free kick.

46:11

Dan Holman delivers the ball, Ben Gibson manages to make a clearance. Effort on goal by Pat O'Connor from long distance goes over the crossbar.

45:01

The second half begins.

45:00 +2:20 Half time

Half Time The match has reached half-time.

45:00 +2:03

Pat O'Connor delivers the ball, save by Owain Fon Williams.

45:00 +0:30

Effort from outside the area by Andy Robinson goes wide right of the goal.

43:51

Centre by Zoumana Bakayogo. James Wallace delivers the ball, clearance by Pat O'Connor.

42:53 Substitution

Substitution Jake Kirby joins the action as a substitute, replacing Joe Thompson.

42:27

The ball is sent over by Pat O'Connor, Danny Holmes makes a clearance.

42:02

The ball is crossed by Dan Holman, comfortable save by Owain Fon Williams.

41:44

Handball decision goes against Andy Robinson. Matthew Paine takes the free kick.

40:08

The assistant referee flags for offside against Andy Robinson. Indirect free kick taken by Danny Naisbitt.

39:47

The ball is delivered by Danny Holmes, blocked by Daniel Sparkes.

39:24

Joe Thompson crosses the ball, Daniel Sparkes gets a block in.

38:55

A cross is delivered by Zoumana Bakayogo, comfortable save by Danny Naisbitt.

37:36 Substitution

Substitution Adam Bailey-Dennis on for Dean Wells.

36:05

Daniel Sparkes produces a cross, Dan Holman takes a shot. Ash Taylor gets a block in. Brad Quinton takes a outswinging corner from the left by-line played to the near post.

33:55

Shot from 25 yards from Dan Holman. Owain Fon Williams makes a comfortable save.

32:43

The ball is delivered by Joe Thompson, Cole Stockton takes a shot. Save by Danny Naisbitt.

30:45

Luke Daley takes a shot. Comfortable save by Owain Fon Williams.

30:30

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Dean Wells by Jake Jervis. Danny Naisbitt takes the free kick.

29:52

Kenny Davis sends in a cross, save made by Owain Fon Williams.

29:14

Shot by Luke Daley. Blocked by Ash Taylor. Corner taken by Brad Quinton from the left by-line, Owain Fon Williams makes a save.

28:06

Corner taken right-footed by Brad Quinton to the near post, save by Owain Fon Williams.

28:06 Substitution

Substitution Luke Daley replaces James Mulley.

28:06

Centre by Daniel Sparkes, clearance made by Danny Holmes.

27:30

Ash Taylor gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Dan Holman. Brad Quinton takes the direct free kick.

26:49

Andy Robinson takes a shot. Danny Naisbitt makes a comfortable save.

26:22

Cole Stockton sends in a cross, Matthew Paine gets a block in.

23:43

Assist on the goal came from Cole Stockton.

23:43 Goal scored

Goal! - Joe Thompson - Braintree 0 - 1 Tranmere Joe Thompson gets on the score sheet with a goal from close in to the bottom left corner of the goal. Braintree Town 0-1 Tranmere.

23:38

Cole Stockton takes a shot. Save made by Danny Naisbitt.

23:26

A cross is delivered by Joe Thompson.

22:39

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jake Jervis by Brad Quinton. Ben Gibson takes the direct free kick.

21:22

Jake Jervis produces a left-footed shot from just outside the penalty area that goes harmlessly over the target.

20:26

Dan Holman produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide right of the target.

20:04

Foul by Jake Jervis on Dean Wells, free kick awarded. Danny Naisbitt restarts play with the free kick.

19:10

Joe Thompson crosses the ball, Sam Habergham gets a block in.

16:06

Centre by Joe Thompson, Shot from deep inside the area by Danny Harrison clears the crossbar.

15:34

Free kick awarded for a foul by Sean Marks on Danny Harrison. Ben Gibson takes the direct free kick.

14:18

Unfair challenge on James Wallace by Brad Quinton results in a free kick. Danny Holmes takes the direct free kick.

10:45

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on James Mulley by Danny Harrison. Danny Naisbitt takes the direct free kick. Dan Holman gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ben Gibson. Owain Fon Williams takes the free kick.

10:12

Effort from outside the penalty box by Dan Holman goes wide left of the goal.

7:16

Shot by James Wallace from outside the area goes high over the crossbar.

6:24

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Brad Quinton, Sean Marks has a headed effort from close range and clears the bar.

4:24

James Mulley challenges Danny Harrison unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Andy Robinson.

3:37

Left-footed shot by Daniel Sparkes went wide right of the target.

2:49

Kenny Davis sends in a cross, James Mulley takes a shot. Danny Holmes manages to make a clearance. The assistant referee flags for offside against James Mulley. Indirect free kick taken by Owain Fon Williams.

2:20

Unfair challenge on Sean Marks by Ash Taylor results in a free kick. Kenny Davis restarts play with the free kick.

0:35

Corner taken right-footed by Brad Quinton to the near post, Matthew Paine concedes a free kick for a foul on James Wallace. Owain Fon Williams takes the direct free kick.

0:00

The game kicks-off.

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