Match ends, Tranmere Rovers 0, Dover Athletic 1.
Tranmere Rovers 0-1 Dover Athletic
Ryan Bird's late penalty was enough to hand Dover maximum points as they returned to winning ways with a 1-0 win against Tranmere at Prenton Park.
The away side looked like they might take an early lead with efforts from Jamie Allen and Mitch Pinnock missing the target within the opening 10 minutes, while - down at the other end - Mitch Walker was well placed to save Andy Mangan's 30-yard free-kick.
Ritchie Sutton also tested Walker midway through the first half and Andy Cook fired a long-range thunderbolt wide as Rovers looked to break the deadlock.
But it was summer signing Bird that got his name on the scoresheet as he stepped up to take a penalty - awarded after he was brought down by Ritchie Sutton - and made no mistake with 10 minutes remaining to send Dover up three places to sixth in the table.
Match report supplied by the Press Association
- 6McEveleyBooked at 77mins
- 15NorburnSubstituted forJenningsat 60'minutes
- 5McNultyBooked at 39mins
- 25DugganSubstituted forBuxtonat 72'minutes
- 19ManganSubstituted forNorwoodat 53'minutesBooked at 73mins
- 18NorteySubstituted forFazakerleyat 65'minutes
- 11PinnockBooked at 53mins
- 17BirdSubstituted forDanielat 81'minutes
- 10AllenSubstituted forSho-Silvaat 55'minutes
- 4GallifuocoBooked at 18mins
- Peter Wright
Second Half ends, Tranmere Rovers 0, Dover Athletic 1.
Substitution, Dover Athletic. Kadell Daniel replaces Ryan Bird.
Goal! Tranmere Rovers 0, Dover Athletic 1. Ryan Bird (Dover Athletic).
James Norwood (Tranmere Rovers) is shown the yellow card.
Substitution, Tranmere Rovers. Adam Buxton replaces Mitch Duggan.
Substitution, Dover Athletic. Loui Fazakerley replaces Nortei Nortey.
Substitution, Tranmere Rovers. Connor Jennings replaces Oliver Norburn.
Substitution, Dover Athletic. Tobi Sho-Silva replaces Jamie Allen.
Substitution, Tranmere Rovers. James Norwood replaces Andy Mangan.
Mitchell Pinnock (Dover Athletic) is shown the yellow card.
Second Half begins Tranmere Rovers 0, Dover Athletic 0.
First Half ends, Tranmere Rovers 0, Dover Athletic 0.
Steve McNulty (Tranmere Rovers) is shown the yellow card.
Giancarlo Gallifuoco (Dover Athletic) is shown the yellow card.
First Half begins.
Lineups are announced and players are warming up.