Tranmere's win over struggling Scunthorpe sent them back to the top of League One.

Andy Robinson went close for Rovers when his free-kick floated over after he was fouled by Andy Barcham.

They took the lead when Cole Stockton turned in the rebound from close range after Ash Taylor's header from Robinson's corner was saved.

Barcham had a chance to equalise but shot high and wide when Tranmere keeper Owain Fon Williams was off his line.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Scunthorpe United manager Brian Laws told BBC Radio Humberside:

"You watch the game and you can see that we put in a really spirited performance today under the circumstances, when we've thrown it together.

"The players have come in and had a real go.

"I like to see the players disappointed but I think the majority of the game today was what we needed.

"It was a hard fought, spirited performance but the downside was we didn't really have a cutting edge up front.

"You can't knock the effort the players have put in today and I think we should have got something out of it."

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (4)

Tranmere

  • 01 fon Williams
  • 02 Holmes
  • 04 Taylor
  • 14 Bakayogo
  • 23 Daniels
  • 06 Palmer
  • 10 Robinson
  • 17 Power
  • 09 Cassidy
  • 11 McGurk (Thompson - 87' )
  • 20 O'Halloran (Stockton - 46' )

Substitutes

  • 33 Mooney
  • 03 Black
  • 05 Goodison
  • 19 Kay
  • 07 Thompson
  • 12 Harrison
  • 16 Stockton

Scunthorpe

  • 26 Mildenhall
  • 03 Kennedy
  • 06 Reid Booked
  • 15 Canavan
  • 21 Newey
  • 08 Mozika
  • 14 Gibbons (Godden - 72' )
  • 19 Collins
  • 11 Barcham Booked
  • 22 Hawley
  • 29 Djeziri Booked (Adelakun - 72' )

Substitutes

  • 01 Slocombe
  • 18 Hughes
  • 23 Keegan
  • 10 Grella
  • 17 Godden
  • 24 Wootton
  • 28 Adelakun
Ref: Andy Davies
Att: 6,044

Match Stats

Shots

4 4

On target

2 0

Corners

10 6

Fouls

12 10

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +4:09 Full time

Full Time The referee blows his whistle to end the game.

90:00 +1:49

Foul by Danny Holmes on Michael Collins, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Steve Mildenhall.

89:45

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Callum Kennedy from the right by-line, Steve Mildenhall concedes a free kick for a foul on Donervorn Daniels. Free kick taken by Owain Fon Williams.

87:58

Corner from the right by-line taken by Joe Thompson, Tom Newey manages to make a clearance. Joe Thompson takes a short corner.

87:22

Callum Kennedy crosses the ball, Liam Palmer manages to make a clearance.

87:00

The assistant referee flags for offside against Jake Cassidy. Free kick taken by Steve Mildenhall.

86:02 Substitution

Substitution (Tranmere) makes a substitution, with Joe Thompson coming on for Adam McGurk.

86:02

The official flags Paul Reid offside. Owain Fon Williams takes the free kick.

85:30

Hakeeb Adelakun fouled by Adam McGurk, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Callum Kennedy.

84:49

Shot from just outside the box by Karl Hawley misses to the right of the goal.

84:26

A cross is delivered by Adam McGurk, save made by Steve Mildenhall.

82:50

Unfair challenge on Ash Taylor by Karl Hawley results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Owain Fon Williams.

80:49

Free kick awarded for a foul by Max Power on Michael Collins. Free kick taken by Steve Mildenhall.

79:32

Free kick awarded for a foul by Donervorn Daniels on Matt Godden. Direct free kick taken by Callum Kennedy.

77:33 Booking

Booking Paul Reid receives a yellow card for dissent.

76:33

Corner taken by Callum Kennedy, Paul Reid gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ash Taylor. Owain Fon Williams takes the free kick.

75:27

Callum Kennedy produces a cross, save made by Owain Fon Williams. Effort on goal by Andy Barcham from just outside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the target.

74:48

Foul by Adam McGurk on Hakeeb Adelakun, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Paul Reid.

73:10

Adam McGurk fouled by Michael Collins, the ref awards a free kick. Owain Fon Williams takes the direct free kick.

72:29

Unfair challenge on Tom Newey by Jake Cassidy results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Tom Newey.

71:40 Substitution

Substitution Hakeeb Adelakun on for Adda Djeziri.

71:40 Substitution

Substitution Matt Godden on for Robbie Gibbons.

70:52

Andy Robinson sends in a cross, clearance by Callum Kennedy.

69:51

Foul by Adda Djeziri on Danny Holmes, free kick awarded. Owain Fon Williams restarts play with the free kick.

67:21

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Adam McGurk from the right by-line, Niall Canavan makes a clearance.

66:43

Corner taken by Callum Kennedy from the right by-line to the near post, Jake Cassidy manages to make a clearance.

66:07

The ball is crossed by Andy Barcham, clearance by Ash Taylor.

64:30

Corner taken right-footed by Andy Robinson from the left by-line, free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Callum Kennedy by Ash Taylor. Direct free kick taken by Steve Mildenhall.

62:45

The ball is delivered by Zoumana Bakayogo, clearance made by Paul Reid.

61:26

Michael Collins takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line played to the near post, Liam Palmer manages to make a clearance.

60:19

A cross is delivered by Karl Hawley.

58:36 Goal scored

Goal! - Cole Stockton - Tranmere 1 - 0 Scunthorpe Cole Stockton finds the back of the net with a headed goal from close range. Tranmere 1-0 Scunthorpe.

57:58

The ball is crossed by Cole Stockton, clearance by Paul Reid. Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Andy Robinson from the right by-line,

57:15

The ball is delivered by Cole Stockton, Paul Reid manages to make a clearance.

54:36

Zoumana Bakayogo crosses the ball, clearance made by Paul Reid.

52:57

Inswinging corner taken by Andy Robinson from the left by-line played to the near post.

52:08

Inswinging corner taken by Andy Robinson, clearance made by Tom Newey.

51:44

Cole Stockton sends in a cross, clearance by Callum Kennedy.

51:01

Andy Robinson takes a shot. Save made by Steve Mildenhall.

46:41

Danny Holmes produces a cross, Niall Canavan makes a clearance.

45:01

The referee gets the second half started.

45:01 Substitution

Substitution Michael O'Halloran leaves the field to be replaced by Cole Stockton.

45:00 +1:01 Half time

Half Time It is the end of the first-half.

44:13

Free kick crossed left-footed by Adam McGurk, comfortable save by Steve Mildenhall.

44:13 Booking

Booking Caution for Adda Djeziri.

43:47

Danny Holmes fouled by Adda Djeziri, the ref awards a free kick.

41:41

Corner taken right-footed by Andy Robinson from the left by-line, Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by Jake Cassidy goes harmlessly over the crossbar.

40:46

Jake Cassidy fouled by Paul Reid, the ref awards a free kick. Andy Robinson takes the direct free kick.

39:58

The assistant referee flags for offside against Jake Cassidy. Free kick taken by Tom Newey.

35:34

Strike on goal comes in from Andy Robinson from the free kick.

35:34 Booking

Booking Andy Barcham is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour.

35:12

Free kick awarded for a foul by Andy Barcham on Andy Robinson.

32:00

The ball is delivered by Zoumana Bakayogo, clearance made by Paul Reid. The referee penalises Andy Barcham for handball. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Andy Robinson, Adam McGurk takes a short corner. Clearance by Damien Mozika. Danny Holmes produces a cross, save by Steve Mildenhall. Free kick awarded for a foul by Danny Holmes on Adda Djeziri. Free kick crossed right-footed by Michael Collins from right channel, Jake Cassidy makes a clearance.

30:48

The ball is delivered by Michael O'Halloran.

30:29

Tom Newey delivers the ball, Donervorn Daniels manages to make a clearance.

29:39

Unfair challenge on Karl Hawley by Adam McGurk results in a free kick. Callum Kennedy takes the free kick.

28:37

Shot by Robbie Gibbons from outside the box goes over the net.

27:28

The ball is crossed by Andy Robinson.

26:24

Inswinging corner taken by Andy Robinson from the left by-line, Steve Mildenhall makes a save.

25:37

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Damien Mozika by Liam Palmer. Michael Collins crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from left channel.

23:31

Jake Cassidy fouled by Tom Newey, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Owain Fon Williams.

21:01

The ball is delivered by Danny Holmes, Liam Palmer concedes a free kick for a foul on Robbie Gibbons. Direct free kick taken by Steve Mildenhall.

20:16

A cross is delivered by Andy Barcham.

19:17

Centre by Ash Taylor.

17:19

Inswinging corner taken by Michael Collins, Shot on goal by Andy Barcham from just inside the area goes over the target.

16:45

Andy Robinson delivers the ball, save made by Steve Mildenhall.

14:37

Unfair challenge on Michael O'Halloran by Robbie Gibbons results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Danny Holmes.

13:53

Tom Newey crosses the ball, clearance by Donervorn Daniels.

11:38

The ball is swung over by Karl Hawley, clearance by Donervorn Daniels.

9:41

The assistant referee signals for offside against Jake Cassidy. Steve Mildenhall restarts play with the free kick.

6:49

The ball is crossed by Paul Reid.

5:22

Unfair challenge on Callum Kennedy by Adam McGurk results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Callum Kennedy.

4:36

A cross is delivered by Andy Robinson.

3:23

Corner taken by Michael Collins, clearance by Ash Taylor. Handball decision goes against Andy Barcham. Owain Fon Williams restarts play with the free kick.

0:00

The referee gets the game underway.

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