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Tranmere Rovers 0-1 Cheltenham Town

Cheltenham goalscorer Danny Wright
Danny Wright's early goal proved to be decisive

National League leaders Cheltenham made it five successive wins with victory at Tranmere Rovers.

The victory also enabled them to set a new club record of 21 games unbeaten.

Danny Wright hit the winner, his eighth goal in six games, after just three minutes, when he smashed home Asa Hall's cross.

Tranmere were the last team to beat Cheltenham in the league in September, but they could not repeat that as their own five-match unbeaten run ended.

Cheltenham remain four points clear of Forest Green, with Tranmere in fourth place.

Cheltenham Town boss Gary Johnson told BBC Radio Gloucestershire:

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Johnson on Tranmere v Cheltenham

"It was a great win but a historic win as well, so I'm pleased for this group of lads that we've all got our names in the record books.

"You can't just pick up these points, you've got to go and earn them and we had to earn it today.

"I thought we were magnificent in the first half and maybe should've had one or two more.

"Our defending's been very strong and one-nil is a one-nil - I'd have liked it to be two-nil, but it's great for our supporters to see another win from their team and no goals against."

Line-ups

Tranmere

  • 1Davies
  • 7Vaughan
  • 24McNulty
  • 8HarrisBooked at 90mins
  • 3Ridehalgh
  • 12Ihiekwe
  • 9Taylor-FletcherSubstituted forMekkiat 59'minutes
  • 11Maynard
  • 20HughesSubstituted forKirbyat 70'minutes
  • 10Norwood
  • 29Higdon

Substitutes

  • 2Sutton
  • 13Turner
  • 14Mackreth
  • 17Mekki
  • 23Kirby

Cheltenham

  • 1Phillips
  • 2BarthramSubstituted forMunnsat 73'minutes
  • 6Parslow
  • 4Storer
  • 3McLennan
  • 15Burgess
  • 27DaytonBooked at 24minsSubstituted forCranstonat 65'minutes
  • 14Hall
  • 18RoweBooked at 85mins
  • 9Wright
  • 30Holman

Substitutes

  • 8Waters
  • 11Munns
  • 12Kitscha
  • 21Cranston
  • 33Lymn
Referee:
Martin Coy
Attendance:
5,418

Match Stats

Home TeamTranmereAway TeamCheltenham
Possession
Home46%
Away54%
Shots
Home9
Away10
Shots on Target
Home4
Away4
Corners
Home3
Away3
Fouls
Home8
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Tranmere Rovers 0, Cheltenham Town 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Tranmere Rovers 0, Cheltenham Town 1.

Booking

Jay Harris (Tranmere Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Offside, Cheltenham Town. Dan Holman tries a through ball, but Dan Holman is caught offside.

Foul by Jordan Cranston (Cheltenham Town).

Liam Ridehalgh (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick.

Attempt missed. Michael Higdon (Tranmere Rovers) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Lee Vaughan with a cross.

Attempt saved. Lois Maynard (Tranmere Rovers) header from the centre of the box is saved. Assisted by Adam Mekki.

Corner, Tranmere Rovers.

Booking

James Rowe (Cheltenham Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by James Rowe (Cheltenham Town).

Adam Mekki (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick.

Attempt missed. Adam Mekki (Tranmere Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by James Norwood with a cross.

Offside, Tranmere Rovers. James Norwood tries a through ball, but James Norwood is caught offside.

Attempt saved. James Norwood (Tranmere Rovers) header from the centre of the box is saved. Assisted by Adam Mekki.

Corner, Tranmere Rovers.

Attempt saved. Jake Kirby (Tranmere Rovers) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved.

Substitution

Substitution, Cheltenham Town. Jack Munns replaces Jack Barthram because of an injury.

Foul by James Rowe (Cheltenham Town).

Adam Mekki (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick.

Substitution

Substitution, Tranmere Rovers. Jake Kirby replaces Jeff Hughes.

Foul by Kyle Storer (Cheltenham Town).

Lois Maynard (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick.

Attempt missed. Asa Hall (Cheltenham Town) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Corner, Cheltenham Town.

Substitution

Substitution, Cheltenham Town. Jordan Cranston replaces James Dayton.

Foul by Asa Hall (Cheltenham Town).

Lois Maynard (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick.

Foul by Kyle Storer (Cheltenham Town).

Jay Harris (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick.

Substitution

Substitution, Tranmere Rovers. Adam Mekki replaces Gary Taylor-Fletcher.

Attempt saved. Daniel Wright (Cheltenham Town) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved.

Foul by Liam Ridehalgh (Tranmere Rovers).

James Dayton (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick.

Foul by Gary Taylor-Fletcher (Tranmere Rovers).

Asa Hall (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick.

Offside, Cheltenham Town. Dan Holman tries a through ball, but Dan Holman is caught offside.

Foul by Jeff Hughes (Tranmere Rovers).

James Dayton (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick.

Attempt missed. Daniel Wright (Cheltenham Town) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Cheltenham34239266224478
2Forest Green34235659322774
3Grimsby321611563283559
4Tranmere341591044341054
5Gateshead33166114449-554
6Wrexham341571258441452
7Dover31157955421352
8Lincoln City351410115446852
9Braintree30148834241050
10Eastleigh32148105045550
11Woking341471356451149
12Macclesfield33152164740747
13Aldershot33126153947-842
14Bromley32125155357-441
15Chester33109144149-839
16Southport33109143345-1239
17Guiseley32911123147-1638
18Barrow32108144158-1738
19Altrincham33810153255-2334
20Halifax3289154766-1933
21Boreham Wood33711152734-732
22Welling3268182545-2026
23Kidderminster3359193453-1924
24Torquay3058173359-2623
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