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Posted Sat 31 Mar 12 at 16:52 PM

Report: Bury 2 Tranmere 0

Tranmere's six game unbeaten run came to an end as two second half goals gave Bury a 2-0 win at Gigg Lane. Rovers couldn't match the performances of Ronnie Moore's first six games back as Manager as strikes from Efe Sodje and Giles Coke sent them home empty handed. There were two changes for Rovers with James Wallace's hamstring injury meaning a starting role for Joss Labadie while two goals in two substitute appearances earned Jake Cassidy a place in attack instead of Enoch Showunmi. Former Tranmere loanee Lateef Elford-Alliyu was on the bench for Bury. Bury dominated the early stages and it needed a clearance from Danny Holmes to prevent David Worrall's cross from reaching any of his team mates just outside the six yard box. The home side had a great opportunity to take the lead on six minutes when a long goal kick from Trevor Carson was flicked on by David Amoo and a slip from David Buchanan left Peter Sweeney one on one with Owain Fon Williams. However, the Bury midfielder put his attempted lob straight into the arms of the goalkeeper. They were close again on 12 minutes when a corner went straight through the area to Worrall and his low effort struck the left hand post, with David Amoo unable to control the rebound. At the other end Tranmere's first attempt on goal saw Lucas Akins fire past the right hand post from 25 yards. Andrai Jones dragged a shot wide of the target after latching on to Ryan Brunt's clearance 25 yards out while Efe Sodje sent a powerful header narrowly over the bar after Rovers failed to clear four minutes later. Welsh sliced a volley wide of the target from the edge of the area on 40 minutes, the final shot of the half. Cassidy couldn't quite get on the end of Brunt's header across goal in the sixth minute of the second half, while Brunt was replaced soon after, with Zoumana Bakayogo coming on and Robinson moving up front. Fon Williams saved  Nathan Clarke's long range effort on 54 minutes but the Rovers keeper couldn't keep out the next effort from the Shakers. A free kick was sent into the Tranmere box and Sodje directed his header into the far right side of the net from ten yards. The home side doubled their lead on 73 minutes. A quick counter attack allowed Andy Bishop to play the ball over the head of Ian Goodison to Giles Coke and he superbly found the bottom left corner with a low shot past Fon Williams. Ronnie Moore responded by introducing Enoch Showunmi and Robbie Weir in place of Robinson and Labadie but it was Akins who had Rovers' next chance, firing well wide of the target from 25 yards. Welsh curled a few yards over the top right corner from outside the area on 77 minutes while Weir's curling shot was deflected just past the post soon after. Welsh's low cross into the six yard box was cut out by the Bury defence and Cassidy was beaten to Showunmi's cross by Trevor Carson moments later as Rovers searched for a way back into the game. But it was the closest they got to a goal, and it was almost three at the other end in injury time when Elford-Alliyu laid the ball back to Bishop and his low shot was cleared off the line by Ash Taylor. Bury: Carson, Skarz, Sweeney (Carrington 89), Worrall (Elford-Alliyu 59), Schumacher, Bishop, Coke, Sodje (Hughes 86), Amoo, Jones, Clarke. Unused substitutes: Branagan, Harrad. Tranmere: Fon Williams, Holmes, Taylor, Goodison, Buchanan, Akins, Welsh, Labadie (Weir 73), Robinson (Showunmi 73), Cassidy, Brunt (Bakayogo 56). Unused substitutes: Coughlin, Kay. Referee: Craig Pawson Yellow cards: Follow Tranmere on Twitter at

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