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Tranmere Rovers 4-1 Southport

James Norwood and Connor Jennings both struck twice as Tranmere guaranteed the runners-up spot in the National League with a routine victory over relegated Southport.

Lincoln's win earlier in the day meant Rovers could not catch them in the race for the title, but it failed to curb their effort.

Rovers had a handful of chances before they took a deserved 25th-minute lead, Michael Ihiekwe providing the through ball for Norwood to fire the ball past goalkeeper Chris Cheetham.

The home side wrapped it up at the start of the second half with two quick-fire goals, Norwood doubling his tally with a delightful lob inside the first minute for his 14th goal of the season, before Jennings curled a third into the top corner in the 50th minute.

Rovers defender Lee Vaughan was withdrawn injured on a stretcher following a challenge by Spencer Myers, who reduced the arrears in the 61st minute after a neat knock-down by Andrai Jones.

But, the hosts restored their three-goal advantage 10 minutes later when James Wallace provided the pass for Jennings to slide the ball under Cheetham.

Match report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Tranmere

  • 1Davies
  • 2VaughanSubstituted forDunnat 58'minutes
  • 3Ridehalgh
  • 24Hughes
  • 6Ihiekwe
  • 5McNulty
  • 22Buxton
  • 38WallaceBooked at 35mins
  • 10NorwoodSubstituted forCookat 72'minutes
  • 11Jennings
  • 23StocktonSubstituted forManganat 72'minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Cook
  • 13Turner
  • 16Dunn
  • 19Mangan
  • 39Collins

Southport

  • 15Cheetham
  • 2White
  • 3Ashton
  • 26Higgins
  • 23McKeown
  • 4Nolan
  • 24Cundy
  • 29MyersBooked at 55minsSubstituted forHynesat 73'minutes
  • 12JonesSubstituted forMcKennaat 83'minutes
  • 19WeeksSubstituted forMonteiroat 89'minutes
  • 7Allen

Substitutes

  • 10Hynes
  • 11Coly
  • 14McKenna
  • 16Monteiro
  • 27Brodie
Referee:
Simon Barrow
Attendance:
6,159

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Tranmere Rovers 4, Southport 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Tranmere Rovers 4, Southport 1.

  3. Substitution

    Substitution, Southport. Kevin Monteiro replaces Declan Weeks.

  4. Substitution

    Substitution, Southport. Ben McKenna replaces Andrai Jones.

  5. Substitution

    Substitution, Southport. Liam Hynes replaces Spencer Myers.

  6. Substitution

    Substitution, Tranmere Rovers. Andy Mangan replaces Cole Stockton.

  7. Substitution

    Substitution, Tranmere Rovers. Andy Cook replaces James Norwood.

  8. Goal!

    Goal! Tranmere Rovers 4, Southport 1. Connor Jennings (Tranmere Rovers).

  9. Goal!

    Goal! Tranmere Rovers 3, Southport 1. Spencer Myers (Southport).

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, Tranmere Rovers. Jack Dunn replaces Lee Vaughan.

  11. Booking

    Spencer Myers (Southport) is shown the yellow card.

  12. Goal!

    Goal! Tranmere Rovers 3, Southport 0. Connor Jennings (Tranmere Rovers).

  13. Goal!

    Goal! Tranmere Rovers 2, Southport 0. James Norwood (Tranmere Rovers).

  14. Second Half

    Second Half begins Tranmere Rovers 1, Southport 0.

  15. Half Time

    First Half ends, Tranmere Rovers 1, Southport 0.

  16. Booking

    James Wallace (Tranmere Rovers) is shown the yellow card.

  17. Goal!

    Goal! Tranmere Rovers 1, Southport 0. James Norwood (Tranmere Rovers).

  18. Kick Off

    First Half begins.

  19. Post update

    Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Lincoln City44307782394397
2Tranmere45288978393992
3Forest Green4525101086543285
4Dag & Red452651478522683
5Aldershot4522131064372779
6Dover442361580592175
7Barrow4520151070502075
8Gateshead4519131372492370
9Macclesfield44206186255766
10Bromley45178205766-959
11Sutton United451512186163-257
12Wrexham451512184660-1457
13Maidstone United44169195974-1557
14Eastleigh451414175562-756
15Boreham Wood451413184748-155
16Solihull Moors45159216174-1354
17Chester451410216369-652
18Woking451410216579-1452
19Torquay451311215261-950
20Guiseley451311214966-1750
21York451116185368-1549
22Braintree45139235174-2348
23North Ferriby United45123303280-4839
24Southport45108275196-4538
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