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Posted Sun 24 Jun 12 at 15:30 PM

A Jake Cassidy hat-trick saw Tranmere keep up their unbeaten start to the 2012-13 npower League 1 season with a 4-0 win over Colchester United.
The striker's first three goals of the season and a strike from Zoumana Bakayogo gave Ronnie Moore's side the points and took them to the top of npower League 1. 
Rovers led at the interval following a fairly even first 45 minutes but came out flying in the second half and quickly added their second and third goals. The fourth came with just over ten minutes to go and stretched the Club's unbeaten home run to 13 games.
There were two changes for Rovers from the starting line up at Aston Villa. Ash Taylor was unavailable through injury while Joe Thompson was allowed to miss the game squad following the birth of his daughter on Saturday morning. Coming into the side were new loan signing Roman Golobart and Abdulai Bell-Baggie, while Adam McGurk was named among the substitutes for the first time in 2012-13.
Rovers started the game brightly and spent the first couple of minutes inside the Colchester half. After good work from Jake Cassidy, a strong run from Liam Palmer resulted in Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro shooting over the bar from a tight angle. 
Andy Bond missed to the right of Owain Fon Williams' goal on three minutes and his fellow midfielder Anthony Wordsworth headed narrowly wide of the near post soon after.
The end to end action continued at pace, with James Wallace flicking an Andy Robinson pass behind the Colchester back four only for Magnus Okuonghae to get a touch to take it away from the advancing Akpa Akpro.
Robinson forced Mark Cousins to punch clear of his six yard box on 16 minutes from a deep free kick and the attacking midfielder couldn't quite get on the end of Palmer's through ball soon after. 
Owain Fon Williams was forced into a good save on 20 minutes when Wordworth got behind the Rovers back four and tried to slide his shot past the keeper, with the Welshman palming the ball behind for a corner.
Akpa Akpro headed over at the back post from a Robinson free kick on 22 minutes, while Palmer and Bell-Baggie both missed the target with long range efforts soon after. 
Fon Williams had to tip Marcus Bean's dipping right foot shot over the bar in front of the top right corner on 29 minutes and Bell-Baggie sent a 25 yard effort just over the bar for Tranmere soon after.
The deadlock was almost broken on 36 minutes. Robinson fired an outswinging corner into the Colchester area and Wallace got above his marker to head goalwards, with the ball cannoning off the left hand post and away from the target. 
After Colchester threatened to take the lead when Wordsworth curled a free kick over the bar from a dangerous position on 39 minutes, Rovers responded well. Robinson kept possession on the left side of the area, twisted his way to the touchline and whipped in a left foot cross. Cassidy was fastest to react, getting in front of a defender and goalkeeper Cousins to head home from close range for his first goal of the season.
A surging run from Bell-Baggie won Rovers an early corner in the second half while an angled shot from Akpa Akpro was blocked after the striker ran on to a ball over the top from Wallace. 
On 49 minutes the lead was doubled. Wallace's through ball for Bakayogo was deflected into the path of Cassidy and with just the keeper to beat the Wolves loanee emphatically fired past Cousins and into the net.
After Akpa Akpro shot wide at the near post from Robinson's right wing cross, Fon Williams comfortably saved from Sears in Colchester's first attack of the half. 
The third goal came on 58 minutes. Akpa Akpro cut into the left side of the area, laid the ball off to the advancing Bakayogo who found the top right corner of the goal for his second goal of his season.
It was almost four a minute later, with Akpa Akpro again getting past the U's defence and driving into the area, but his shot from a tight angle curled against the post and away from goal.
Substitute Ian Henderson forced a save out of Fon Williams after running on to Freddie Sears' pass on 75 minutes but Rovers were soon back on the attack.
After Palmer's attack had been ended the ball fell to Wallace 25 yards out and the Rovers captain surged past two challenges into the area, squared the ball across the six yard box and Cassidy rounded off his hat-trick with a close range finish.
Substitute Jake Kirby shot wide of goal shortly after replacing Robinson on 79 minutes while Cole Stockton replaced Cassidy soon after.

Tranmere: Fon Williams, Holmes, Golobart, Gibson, Bakayogo, Bell-Baggie, Wallace, Palmer, Robinson (Kirby 79), Cassidy (Stockton 83), Akpa Akpro. Substitutes: Mooney, Kay, Harrison, Power, McGurk. 

Colchester: Cousins, Rose, Okuonghae, Heath, Duguid (Henderson 63), Morrison, Sears (O'Toole 88), Bond, Bean, Wilson, Wordsworth (Massey 63). Substitutes: Pentney, Izzet, Eastman, White.

Referee: Andrew Madley

Yellow cards: Okuonghae (16)

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