Match ends, Stevenage 0, Tranmere Rovers 0.
League Two strugglers Stevenage were held to a 0-0 draw at home by Tranmere, but the result was enough to keep them out of the relegation zone.
Chances were few and far between in what was a disappointing spectacle at the Lamex Stadium, as the home side remained above second-from-bottom Grimsby on goal difference by extending their unbeaten league run to four games.
Following a scrappy opening, Stevenage had the first proper chance in the 27th minute when Luke Norris rose to meet Luther James-Wildin's cross, but Tranmere keeper Scott Davies held his header.
The closest either team came to scoring in the first half was when Morgan Ferrier's cross was misjudged by home goalkeeper Jamie Cumming and the ball bounced off his near post.
Rovers had a good opening in the 57th minute when James Vaughan turned well on Ferrier's pass, only to be denied by Cumming's leg.
Debutant Matty Stevens then almost helped find the elusive breakthrough for the hosts when his shot across goal just evaded the lunging Norris at the back post, as the scoreline remained blank.
Match report supplied by PA Media.
- 19ReadSubstituted forSmithat 77'minutes
- 10MarshSubstituted forAitchisonat 78'minutes
- 17ListSubstituted forStevensat 45'minutes
- 36NorrisSubstituted forNewtonat 77'minutes
- 28BanksSubstituted forLloyd-McGoldrickat 69'minutes
- 8SpearingBooked at 65mins
- 14WoolerySubstituted forFeeneyat 56'minutes
- 9VaughanBooked at 90mins
- 10FerrierSubstituted forBlackett-Taylorat 78'minutes
- Lee Swabey
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Stevenage 0, Tranmere Rovers 0.
Attempt missed. Matt Stevens (Stevenage) header from the right side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Scott Cuthbert following a corner.
Attempt missed. Scott Cuthbert (Stevenage) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Chris Lines with a cross following a corner.
Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by Jay Spearing.
Attempt blocked. Jack Aitchison (Stevenage) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
James Vaughan (Tranmere Rovers) is shown the yellow card.
Jack Aitchison (Stevenage) has gone down, but the referee deems it simulation.
Attempt blocked. Jack Aitchison (Stevenage) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by Scott Davies.
Attempt saved. Matt Stevens (Stevenage) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Chris Lines.
Foul by Peter Clarke (Tranmere Rovers).
Matt Stevens (Stevenage) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Peter Clarke (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Danny Newton (Stevenage).
Attempt saved. Corey Blackett-Taylor (Tranmere Rovers) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Calum MacDonald.
Attempt blocked. Jack Smith (Stevenage) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
Substitution, Tranmere Rovers. Corey Blackett-Taylor replaces Morgan Ferrier.
Substitution, Stevenage. Jack Aitchison replaces Tyrone Marsh.
Substitution, Stevenage. Jack Smith replaces Arthur Read.
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