Yeovil edged past Tranmere Rovers to leapfrog their promotion rivals in the League One standings.

The Glovers broke the deadlock just before the hour thanks to a well-executed free-kick from Ed Upson.

Earlier on, Paddy Madden went one-on-one with keeper Owain Fon Williams but placed his shot wide, while Yeovil keeper Marek Stech saved well from Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro on two occasions.

Upson came close to netting a second but his effort bounced off the bar.

Yeovil now move up one place to fifth in the table while Tranmere slip to sixth.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson told BBC Somerset:

"The fans are beginning to believe that we've got a team who can challenge for promotion.

"Tranmere are a difficult team to play against but we coped with the long balls they hit to the two lads up front and we created a lot more opportunities on the day.

"They're still up there and we know that a 1-0 result against them is a super result."

Tranmere manager Ronnie Moore told BBC Radio Merseyside:

"It was a scrappy, horrible game.

"There weren't many chances and we probably had the best of the game with young Cole Stockton. It was easier to score than miss.

"For the game to be settled on such a sloppy goal is a shame."

Lineup, Bookings (5) & Substitutions (3)

Yeovil Town

  • 01 Stech
  • 02 Ayling
  • 03 McAllister
  • 05 Webster
  • 18 Burn
  • 20 Edwards
  • 08 Upson
  • 14 Foley
  • 22 Dawson
  • 09 Hayter
  • 17 Madden Booked

Substitutes

  • 12 Stewart
  • 04 Hinds
  • 16 Ralph
  • 06 Blizzard
  • 10 Williams
  • 15 Young
  • 21 Fletcher

Tranmere Rovers

  • 01 fon Williams
  • 02 Holmes Booked
  • 04 Taylor
  • 05 Goodison Booked
  • 14 Bakayogo Booked
  • 17 Power
  • 24 Corry
  • 20 O'Halloran (Palmer - 64' )
  • 22 Bell-Baggie (Amoo - 65' Booked )
  • 25 Sidibe (Stockton - 43' )
  • 26 Akpa Akpro

Substitutes

  • 33 Mooney
  • 03 Black
  • 23 Daniels
  • 06 Palmer
  • 12 Harrison
  • 16 Stockton
  • 18 Amoo
Ref: Sheldrake
Att: 4,862

Match Stats

Shots

13 5

On target

7 1

Corners

5 4

Fouls

14 8

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +4:07 Full time

Full Time The referee signals the end of the game.

89:42

Foul by Edward Upson on Ian Goodison, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Owain Fon Williams.

89:23

The ball is crossed by Kevin Dawson.

88:45

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Edward Upson from the left by-line, clearance by Ian Goodison.

87:58

The ball is sent over by David Amoo, Joe Edwards manages to make a clearance.

85:22

Paul Corry fouled by Edward Upson, the ref awards a free kick. Ash Taylor takes the direct free kick.

83:00

Foul by James Hayter on Ash Taylor, free kick awarded. Danny Holmes restarts play with the free kick.

80:33

Ian Goodison fouled by Paddy Madden, the ref awards a free kick. Owain Fon Williams takes the direct free kick.

79:42 Booking

Booking David Amoo receives a caution for unsporting behaviour.

79:29

David Amoo challenges Kevin Dawson unfairly and gives away a free kick. James McAllister takes the free kick.

78:19

The ball is sent over by Danny Holmes, Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro produces a header from inside the area that goes over the bar.

74:09

Luke Ayling concedes a free kick for a foul on Liam Palmer. Direct free kick taken by Liam Palmer.

73:46 Booking

Booking Booking for Ian Goodison for unsporting behaviour.

73:34 Booking

Booking Paddy Madden receives a caution for unsporting behaviour.

71:33

Edward Upson takes the outswinging corner, Ash Taylor makes a clearance.

70:26

Edward Upson takes a shot. Kevin Dawson takes a shot. Save made by Owain Fon Williams. Save by Owain Fon Williams.

68:10

Paddy Madden is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Owain Fon Williams restarts play with the free kick.

67:50

Unfair challenge on Sam Foley by Liam Palmer results in a free kick. James McAllister takes the free kick.

65:42

Luke Ayling concedes a free kick for a foul on David Amoo. Zoumana Bakayogo takes the free kick.

65:15

David Amoo is caught offside. Marek Stech takes the free kick.

63:34 Substitution

Substitution David Amoo replaces Abdulai Bell-Baggie.

63:34 Substitution

Substitution Liam Palmer is brought on as a substitute for Michael O'Halloran.

63:34

James Hayter concedes a free kick for a foul on Ian Goodison. Free kick taken by Owain Fon Williams.

63:23

A cross is delivered by Luke Ayling, Ash Taylor makes a clearance.

59:33

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Edward Upson, Header at goal by Byron Webster. James Hayter produces a right-footed shot from inside the six-yard box that clears the bar. Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Max Power, Headed effort on goal by Ash Taylor from just inside the box goes harmlessly over the goal. James Hayter fouled by Ian Goodison, the ref awards a free kick. James Hayter restarts play with the free kick. Shot on goal by Dan Burn from inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.

57:36

Assist on the goal came from Sam Foley.

57:36 Goal scored

Goal! - Edward Upson - Yeovil 1 - 0 Tranmere Edward Upson grabs a goal direct from the free kick from outside the area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Yeovil 1-0 Tranmere.

57:04 Booking

Booking The referee shows Danny Holmes a yellow card.

56:51

Danny Holmes concedes a free kick for a foul on Sam Foley.

56:14

Danny Holmes challenges Paddy Madden unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by James McAllister.

55:44

Paddy Madden takes a shot. Save by Owain Fon Williams.

51:18

The assistant referee signals for offside against Abdulai Bell-Baggie. Direct free kick taken by James McAllister.

48:05

Foul by Byron Webster on Paul Corry, free kick awarded. Owain Fon Williams takes the free kick.

47:41

Centre by Kevin Dawson, clearance by Ian Goodison.

46:01

The official flags Paddy Madden offside. Ash Taylor takes the indirect free kick.

45:01

The game restarts for the second half.

45:00 +1:31 Half time

Half Time The whistle is blown to end the first half.

45:00 +1:08

Inswinging corner taken by Edward Upson from the right by-line, clearance by Owain Fon Williams.

45:00 +0:51

Paddy Madden takes a shot. Owain Fon Williams manages to make a clearance.

43:40

Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro is ruled offside. Marek Stech takes the free kick.

42:43 Substitution

Substitution Cole Stockton replaces Mamady Sidibe.

42:09

Paul Corry has a shot on goal from outside the area which misses right.

41:39

Dan Burn gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro. Max Power restarts play with the free kick.

40:53

The ball is delivered by Kevin Dawson, Headed effort on goal by Paddy Madden from just inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.

38:46

Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro takes a shot. Marek Stech gets a block in. Corner taken by Max Power.

36:23

Luke Ayling crosses the ball, save made by Owain Fon Williams.

35:16

Shot on goal by Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro from just inside the area goes over the target.

33:39

Paul Corry delivers the ball, save by Marek Stech.

33:07

Max Power takes the inswinging corner, Byron Webster manages to make a clearance.

32:13

Foul by Kevin Dawson on Zoumana Bakayogo, free kick awarded. Max Power crosses the ball in from the free kick, clearance made by James McAllister.

31:12

Effort on goal by Luke Ayling from long range goes harmlessly over the target.

30:49

A cross is delivered by Byron Webster, clearance made by Ash Taylor.

28:50

The referee blows for offside. Owain Fon Williams takes the indirect free kick.

24:42

The ball is crossed by Kevin Dawson, clearance by Owain Fon Williams.

24:12

Kevin Dawson fouled by Danny Holmes, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Edward Upson.

23:56

Danny Holmes crosses the ball, save made by Marek Stech.

23:13

Foul by James Hayter on Max Power, free kick awarded. Danny Holmes takes the direct free kick.

21:51

The ball is swung over by Abdulai Bell-Baggie, Dan Burn gets a block in.

19:32

Corner taken right-footed by Edward Upson, clearance by Danny Holmes.

19:15

Joe Edwards takes a shot. Ian Goodison gets a block in.

17:00

Free kick awarded for a foul by James Hayter on Danny Holmes. Free kick taken by Danny Holmes.

15:08

A cross is delivered by Paddy Madden, save made by Owain Fon Williams.

14:17

Unfair challenge on Michael O'Halloran by Dan Burn results in a free kick. Paul Corry takes the direct free kick.

12:35

Kevin Dawson challenges Ian Goodison unfairly and gives away a free kick. Owain Fon Williams takes the direct free kick.

12:00

Max Power takes the outswinging corner, clearance by Byron Webster.

10:47

The assistant referee signals for offside against Paddy Madden. Ian Goodison restarts play with the free kick.

8:37

Shot on goal comes in from James McAllister from the free kick.

8:37 Booking

Booking Zoumana Bakayogo goes into the book.

8:19

Foul by Zoumana Bakayogo on James Hayter, free kick awarded.

6:39

The referee blows for offside against James Hayter. Owain Fon Williams takes the indirect free kick.

6:12

Ash Taylor gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Paddy Madden. Edward Upson restarts play with the free kick.

1:20

Effort from the edge of the area by Paddy Madden goes wide of the right-hand upright.

1:02

A cross is delivered by Kevin Dawson.

0:39

The offside flag is raised against Paul Corry. Indirect free kick taken by Marek Stech.

0:00

The game gets underway.

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