Bury 0-1 Tranmere
Tranmere remain top of League One, thanks to a second-half goal from Andy Robinson to beat struggling Bury.
Rovers were awarded a penalty late in the first half when Joe Skarz fouled Donervon Daniels, but Robinson was denied superbly by Trevor Carson.
Robinson later hit the crossbar, but it would be third time lucky for the midfielder as his deflected shot beat Carson to put the visitors ahead.
Bury captain Steven Schumacher's late effort was saved by Owain Fon Williams.
And despite a spirited performance and some late pressure in five minutes of added time at the end of the game, Kevin Blackwell's men were unable to force an equaliser.
They remain without a league win since 20 November, while Tranmere's promotion charge shows no sign of faltering.
Victory at Gigg Lane was their third successive win and it kept them clear of Sheffield United and Doncaster, who at the top of League One.
But much may depend on whether manager Ronnie Moore can reach agreements with Wolves and Sheffield Wednesday to keep and at Prenton Park for the remainder of the season.
The progress of both players will be assessed by their parent clubs after they completed the final match of their initial loan spells against the Shakers.
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Bury manager Kevin Blackwell told BBC Radio Manchester:
"I'm proud of the young players. There wasn't much between the two teams.
"If there was a difference, you can look at their experience to our inexperience in certain areas.
"These players have given me everything they've got and I can't complain. They've kept going and I don't think you can ask any more.
"I thought we did look a little tired today, but we've had FA Cup replays and Johnstone's Paint Trophy games thrown in during December and all the same players have been playing."
Tranmere manager Ronnie Moore told BBC Radio Merseyside:
"I think we deserved to win. We could have had a couple more.
"It would have been nice for the penalty to go in. I didn't see the save because I never look at them.
"Andy keeps going and he's got that quality. It was a fantastic finish [for the goal] and it was enough to win the game."
- 01 Carson
- 03 Skarz
- 31 Doherty
- 34 Ebanks-Landell
- 07 Worrall Booked (Healy - 84' )
- 08 Schumacher
- 21 Jones
- 32 Thompson
- 35 Soares (Carole - 59' )
- 36 Wylde (Jones - 84' )
- 28 Hopper
- 20 Dibble
- 17 Hughes
- 06 Sweeney
- 09 Jones
- 37 Carole
- 25 Healy
- 01 fon Williams
- 02 Holmes
- 04 Taylor
- 14 Bakayogo
- 23 Daniels Booked
- 06 Palmer
- 10 Robinson (Thompson - 85' )
- 17 Power
- 09 Cassidy
- 11 McGurk (Stockton - 77' )
- 20 O'Halloran
- 33 Mooney
- 03 Black
- 05 Goodison
- 19 Kay
- 07 Thompson
- 12 Harrison
- 16 Stockton
Live Text Commentary
Full Time The referee brings the game to a close.90:00 +4:38
Corner from the left by-line taken by Steven Schumacher, Shot from just outside the box by Steven Schumacher goes over the target.90:00 +2:11
Liam Palmer concedes a free kick for a foul on Tom Hopper. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Steven Schumacher from right channel, David Healy challenges Danny Holmes unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Owain Fon Williams.85:37
Effort from the edge of the area by Cole Stockton goes wide of the right-hand upright.84:24 Substitution
Substitution Andy Robinson leaves the field to be replaced by Joe Thompson.84:24
Donervorn Daniels fouled by Tom Hopper, the ref awards a free kick. Owain Fon Williams restarts play with the free kick.83:15 Substitution
Substitution Craig Jones is brought on as a substitute for Gregg Wylde.83:15 Substitution
Substitution David Healy joins the action as a substitute, replacing David Worrall.81:42
Corner taken right-footed by Andy Robinson, Close range header by Jake Cassidy goes wide of the left-hand post.79:51
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Cole Stockton by Joe Skarz. Andy Robinson delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from right wing.79:17
Corner taken by Andy Robinson played to the near post, Steven Schumacher manages to make a clearance.78:58
Max Power takes a shot. Andrai Jones gets a block in.77:45
Corner taken right-footed by Andy Robinson from the right by-line, save made by Trevor Carson.76:31 Substitution
Substitution Cole Stockton is brought on as a substitute for Adam McGurk.75:06
Shot by Steven Schumacher. Save by Owain Fon Williams.74:45 Booking
Booking Donervorn Daniels booked.74:22
Donervorn Daniels concedes a free kick for a foul on Ethan Ebanks-Landell. Trevor Carson takes the free kick.72:41
Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Gregg Wylde played to the near post, clearance made by Donervorn Daniels.71:10
Corner taken by Andy Robinson from the right by-line, Matt Doherty manages to make a clearance.69:53
Zac Thompson challenges Max Power unfairly and gives away a free kick. Shot on goal comes in from Adam McGurk from the free kick, save by Trevor Carson.
Corner taken right-footed by Andy Robinson to the near post, Tom Hopper makes a clearance.67:43
Inswinging corner taken by Gregg Wylde from the right by-line played to the near post, clearance by Max Power.66:29
The assistant referee signals for offside against Jake Cassidy. Joe Skarz takes the free kick.65:10
Corner taken by Andy Robinson from the left by-line, Zac Thompson manages to make a clearance.64:47
Inswinging corner taken by Adam McGurk.64:17
Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Adam McGurk from the right by-line, clearance by Zac Thompson.64:02
Liam Palmer sends in a cross, blocked by Joe Skarz.63:01
Michael O'Halloran takes a shot. Zac Thompson gets a block in.61:16
Max Power challenges Gregg Wylde unfairly and gives away a free kick. Steven Schumacher produces a strike on goal direct from the free kick.60:27
Michael O'Halloran takes a shot. Save made by Trevor Carson.58:47 Substitution
Substitution Tom Soares goes off and Sebastien Carole comes on.58:06
The official flags Andy Robinson offside. Trevor Carson takes the indirect free kick.57:05
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on David Worrall by Liam Palmer. Shot comes in from Steven Schumacher from the free kick, save by Owain Fon Williams.55:06
Liam Palmer provided the assist for the goal.55:06 Goal scored
Goal! - Andy Robinson - Bury 0 - 1 Tranmere Andy Robinson gets on the score sheet with a goal from inside the penalty area to the top right corner of the goal. Bury 0-1 Tranmere.54:19
The ball is crossed by Tom Hopper.53:31
Effort on goal by Andy Robinson from inside the penalty box misses to the right of the target.53:16
Andy Robinson takes a shot.51:51
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Steven Schumacher by Jake Cassidy. Trevor Carson restarts play with the free kick.49:31
Corner taken right-footed by David Worrall from the right by-line to the near post, Max Power manages to make a clearance.48:47
Gregg Wylde takes the inswinging corner, Zac Thompson has a headed effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the left of the target.48:02
Gregg Wylde takes the inswinging corner, Zoumana Bakayogo makes a clearance.47:24
Andy Robinson is caught offside. Indirect free kick taken by Trevor Carson.45:01
The referee starts the second half.45:00 +2:49 Half time
Half Time The half-time whistle blows.45:00 +2:26 Booking
Booking David Worrall receives a caution.45:00 +1:56
Foul by David Worrall on Andy Robinson, free kick awarded. Ash Taylor restarts play with the free kick.45:00 +1:21
Corner taken right-footed by Steven Schumacher, clearance by Zoumana Bakayogo.44:53
Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Liam Palmer.44:26 Penalty
Penalty taken by Andy Robinson is saved by Trevor Carson. Bury 0-0 Tranmere.42:47
Corner taken right-footed by Andy Robinson, Joe Skarz concedes a Penalty for a foul on Zoumana Bakayogo.39:59
Shot by David Worrall from 25 yards. Blocked by Max Power.38:11
Gregg Wylde produces a left-footed shot from outside the penalty box and misses right.37:07
The ball is crossed by Zoumana Bakayogo, comfortable save by Trevor Carson.36:00
Free kick awarded for a foul by Steven Schumacher on Max Power. Donervorn Daniels takes the direct free kick.35:16
Michael O'Halloran takes a shot. Save made by Trevor Carson.34:25
Gregg Wylde has an effort at goal from just outside the penalty box which goes wide of the left-hand post.32:01
Adam McGurk produces a left-footed shot from long distance which goes wide left of the goal.30:19
Effort from outside the box by Tom Soares goes wide right of the target.24:33
Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Gregg Wylde from the right by-line to the near post, clearance made by Zoumana Bakayogo.19:58
The assistant referee flags for offside against David Worrall. Owain Fon Williams takes the free kick.18:00
Andy Robinson takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post, clearance made by Steven Schumacher.14:26
Michael O'Halloran produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the right of the goal.13:01
Corner taken by Andy Robinson from the right by-line to the near post, Matt Doherty makes a clearance.12:45
The ball is crossed by Jake Cassidy, Ethan Ebanks-Landell gets a block in.11:53
Tom Hopper fouled by Andy Robinson, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Steven Schumacher.7:37
Inswinging corner taken by Steven Schumacher from the right by-line, clearance made by Ash Taylor.7:09
Gregg Wylde takes a shot. Adam McGurk gets a block in.5:02
Liam Palmer decides to take a short corner.4:34
Andy Robinson takes a shot. Blocked by Steven Schumacher.2:49
Free kick awarded for a foul by Jake Cassidy on Andrai Jones. Free kick taken by Trevor Carson.1:49
Unfair challenge on Zac Thompson by Liam Palmer results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Joe Skarz.0:54
Inswinging corner taken by Steven Schumacher from the left by-line, Danny Holmes manages to make a clearance.0:00
The match has kicked off.
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