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Posted Fri 06 Apr 12 at 16:52 PM

Report: Tranmere 3 Stevenage 0

Two goals from Jake Cassidy and a Lucas Akins strike earned Rovers a 3-0 win over Stevenage and extended the Club's unbeaten home run to ten games. Cassidy's efforts - his third and fourth since joining on loan from Wolves - came early in the first half to put Tranmere well in command. The victory was secured when Akins added the third with around quarter of an hour remaining. The win took Ronnie Moore's side past the 50 point mark and back into the top half of the table. There were two changes to the Rovers team that started at Bury as Enoch Showunmi and James Wallace returned to the starting line-up in place of Ryan Brunt and Joss Labadie. Rovers took the lead inside two minutes. A free kick was whipped into the back post by David Buchanan and after John Welsh's header was fumbled by Chris Day, Jake Cassidy beat Ian Goodison to turn in the loose ball from close range. Danny Holmes' through ball to Andy Robinson allowed the winger to send in a dangerous cross on 11 minutes with a defender having to clear out of the path of Cassidy at the back post. However, from the resulting corner the striker got his chance and with it his second goal of the game. Robinson curled the ball towards the six yard box from where the unmarked Cassidy powered in a header for his fourth goal for the Club. A finely timed tackle from Ronnie Henry denied Wallace a one on one with Day on 17 minutes, while it needed a superb one handed save from Owain Fon Williams to keep out Scott Laird's left foot curling free kick from 20 yards after Welsh was adjudged to have fouled Jordan Slew. From the corner that followed the Rovers keeper comfortably held Jon Ashton's header. Cassidy almost made it 3-0 and completed his hat-trick on 28 minutes. The Wolves loanee turned a defender to latch on to Buchanan's pass, cut inside Mark Roberts and curled just past the right hand post from the edge of the area. Slew fired straight at Fon Williams on 33 minutes after Goodison took a push in the back while attempting to clear and miss hit the ball straight to the Stevenage striker. A dipping effort from Welsh from outside the area went just over the top left corner on 35 minutes after good work from Cassidy, Robinson and Akins. Wallace shot wide of the left hand post from the edge of the area after Buchanan's inswinging corner was only half cleared by Day, while Goodison had to clear from inside his own six yard box a minute before the interval. Stevenage substitute Patrick Agyemang, on for former Rovers loanee Jennison Myrie-Williams at half time, almost reduced the deficit when he fired across goal and just past the left hand post in the first minute of the second half. Laird had to clear the ball away from a perfect headed opportunity for Showunmi from a David Buchanan cross on 50 minutes, with Robinson shooting wide moments later. A long range effort from Robinson bounced in front of Day and rebounded off the keeper's chest and, fortunately for him, away from the target, while the Rovers winger cut past his marker into the area on 54 minutes but couldn't pick out a team mate. Tranmere's third goal came on 77 minutes. Robinson found Welsh on the left and his low cross reached Akins on the edge of the area. The former Huddersfield player cut inside and sent a left foot shot under the body of Day for his fifth goal of the season. Buchanan worked his way into the Stevenage area before chipping over the top right corner on 84 minutes while Taylor did well to deny Freeman a close range shot as the game went into injury time. Tranmere: Fon Williams, Holmes, Taylor, Goodison, Buchanan, Akins, Welsh, Wallace, Robinson, Showunmi (Brunt 78), Cassidy. Unused substitutes: Coughlin, Bakayogo, Weir, Labadie. Stevenage: Day, Wilson, Laird, Ashton, Myrie-Williams (Agyemang 45HT), Byrom, Roberts, Freeman, Bostwick, Henry (Lascelles 85), Slew (Reid 65). Unused substitutes: Julian, Long. Referee: Phil Gibbs Yellow cards: Wallace (28) Follow Tranmere on Twitter at

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