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Tranmere Rovers 4-1 Grimsby Town

Tranmere continued their assault on the League Two promotion places by beating Grimsby 4-1 to move to within four points of the top three.

All the goals came in the first half, with Connor Jennings setting Rovers on their way as he flashed a shot across James McKeown and in at the far post from a clever Ollie Banks pass.

That came against the run of play, and Grimsby did equalise when Martyn Woolford fired home the rebound after Scott Davies spectacularly saved Wes Thomas' penalty.

But that was as good as it got for the visitors, who were behind again moments later when Manny Monthe netted from close range.

League Two's top scorer James Norwood then got in on the act with a delicious lob that drifted over the goalkeeper and in at the far post.

And Jennings rounded things off with his second before the break after McKeown spilled Banks' free-kick.

It means Tranmere have registered five Football League wins in a row for the first time since 2003.

Match report supplied by Press Association.

Line-ups

Tranmere

  • 1DaviesBooked at 80mins
  • 14Caprice
  • 16Ellis
  • 6Monthe
  • 3Ridehalgh
  • 11Jennings
  • 28BanksSubstituted forHarrisat 83'minutes
  • 17Perkins
  • 12McCullough
  • 27PringleSubstituted forGilmourat 72'minutes
  • 10Norwood

Substitutes

  • 4Nelson
  • 8Harris
  • 9Mullin
  • 18Smith
  • 22Gilmour
  • 25Pilling
  • 29Dagnall

Grimsby

  • 1McKeown
  • 24Davis
  • 5Öhman
  • 2Hall-JohnsonSubstituted forRingat 72'minutes
  • 27Hendrie
  • 15Clifton
  • 7Hessenthaler
  • 16WoolfordSubstituted forRussellat 72'minutes
  • 25Whitmore
  • 11CookSubstituted forDennisat 79'minutes
  • 39Thomas

Substitutes

  • 3Ring
  • 6Collins
  • 8Dennis
  • 18Vernam
  • 21Rose
  • 22Embleton
  • 23Russell
Referee:
Graham Salisbury
Attendance:
5,269

Match Stats

Home TeamTranmereAway TeamGrimsby
Possession
Home47%
Away53%
Shots
Home7
Away9
Shots on Target
Home5
Away6
Corners
Home1
Away6
Fouls
Home10
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Tranmere Rovers 4, Grimsby Town 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Tranmere Rovers 4, Grimsby Town 1.

Harvey Gilmour (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Wes Thomas (Grimsby Town).

Foul by Harvey Gilmour (Tranmere Rovers).

Sebastian Ring (Grimsby Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Tranmere Rovers. Jay Harris replaces Oliver Banks.

Corner, Grimsby Town. Conceded by Mark Ellis.

Booking

Scott Davies (Tranmere Rovers) is shown the yellow card.

Substitution

Substitution, Grimsby Town. Kristian Dennis replaces Jordan Cook.

Foul by Connor Jennings (Tranmere Rovers).

Luke Hendrie (Grimsby Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Tranmere Rovers. Harvey Gilmour replaces Ben Pringle.

Substitution

Substitution, Grimsby Town. Sam Russell replaces Martyn Woolford.

Substitution

Substitution, Grimsby Town. Sebastian Ring replaces Reece Hall-Johnson.

Foul by Liam Ridehalgh (Tranmere Rovers).

Jordan Cook (Grimsby Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Wes Thomas (Grimsby Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Mark Ellis (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jordan Cook (Grimsby Town).

Attempt missed. Martyn Woolford (Grimsby Town) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Attempt saved. Harry Davis (Grimsby Town) header from very close range is saved in the bottom right corner.

Martyn Woolford (Grimsby Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Luke McCullough (Tranmere Rovers).

Corner, Tranmere Rovers. Conceded by Harry Davis.

Emmanuel Monthe (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Wes Thomas (Grimsby Town).

Attempt saved. Harry Davis (Grimsby Town) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Corner, Grimsby Town. Conceded by Scott Davies.

Attempt saved. Jordan Cook (Grimsby Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top right corner.

Attempt missed. Ben Pringle (Tranmere Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Foul by Emmanuel Monthe (Tranmere Rovers).

Harry Clifton (Grimsby Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Second Half

Second Half begins Tranmere Rovers 4, Grimsby Town 1.

Half Time

First Half ends, Tranmere Rovers 4, Grimsby Town 1.

Goal!

Goal! Tranmere Rovers 4, Grimsby Town 1. Connor Jennings (Tranmere Rovers) left footed shot from very close range to the high centre of the goal following a set piece situation.

Attempt blocked. Oliver Banks (Tranmere Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Hand ball by Harry Davis (Grimsby Town).

Luke McCullough (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Martyn Woolford (Grimsby Town).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Lincoln City372112465353075
2Bury372010771413070
3Mansfield371714654302465
4MK Dons371981061392265
5Tranmere3717101054421261
6Forest Green3715121054381657
7Colchester371691257431457
8Carlisle37175155648856
9Exeter3615101147371055
10Stevenage37157154246-452
11Northampton371215104847151
12Swindon361311124346-350
13Newport36147154556-1149
14Oldham371212135448648
15Crewe37138164047-747
16Grimsby37145184048-847
17Cheltenham37129164655-945
18Crawley37127183949-1043
19Morecambe37118184458-1441
20Cambridge37118183254-2241
21Port Vale371010173343-1040
22Yeovil3799193652-1636
23Notts County37711193871-3332
24Macclesfield3679203662-2630
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