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Posted Sun 24 Jun 12 at 15:30 PM

Tranmere kept up their perfect home record in 2012-13 with a 3-0 win over Bury.
Two Andy Robinson penalties and a Jake Cassidy strike ensured Rovers stayed top of League 1 with 17 points from seven games.
The result was the Club's 16th game at Prenton Park without defeat and fourth win in as many home games in the new campaign.
Ronnie Moore again named an unchanged team following the 2-0 victory over Coventry City, while Bury boss Peter Shirtliff - Ronnie's former assistant at Prenton Park - included ex-Tranmere loanee Lateef Elford-Alliyu among his substitutes.
Bury enjoyed the better of the early stages though the closest they came to testing Owain Fon Williams was in the eighth minute when Mark Cullen sent a header into the ground and straight into the keeper's arms.
Peter Sweeney volleyed high and wide from 25 yards on 18 minutes and a long range effort from Cullen deflected off Ash Taylor just past the right hand post six minutes later.
Liam Palmer sent Tranmere's first shot of the game high over the bar from outside the area on 27 minutes while Fon Williams tipped a low effort from Steven Schumacher around the post.
Rovers counter attacked from the resulting corner and a fine piece of skill saw Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro chip the ball over a defender before testing Trevor Carson with a left foot volley.
Bury kept up the pressure with a curling free kick from Sweeney that hit the side netting on 33 minutes but, soon after, Rovers took the lead against the run of play. Danny Holmes broke into the Shakers' area and was brought down by Marcus Marshall, with referee Trevor Kettle pointing straight to the penalty spot. Andy Robinson stepped up to take the set piece and shot straight down the middle to beat Carson for his fifth goal of the season.
It was almost 2-0 on 40 minutes. Akpa Akpro raced towards the Bury defence from the halfway line, went past Efe Sodje and fired goalwards, with the ball striking Carson on the arm and going over the bar.
Sweeney sent a free kick into the Tranmere wall in the eighth minute of the second half while Taylor had to be alert to clear the ball from the path of Schumacher on the edge of the area soon after.
Carson parried a long range Robinson shot on 55 minutes while another effort from the former Swansea player took a deflection and looped on to the roof of the Bury net five minutes later.
Joe Thompson replaced Bell-Baggie on the right side of midfield on 64 minutes but the action was at the other end of the pitch moments later when Fon Williams had to dive to his left to keep out Tom Hopper's low effort.
The lead was doubled on 68 minutes. A long ball forward from Palmer was flicked in from the touchline towards the area by Akpa Akpro and the striker ran past Adam Lockwood before being dragged down by the defender.
The referee again pointed to the penalty spot and this time Robinson found the bottom left corner with Carson diving the opposite direction.
And soon after it was 3-0. Another surging run from Akpa Akpro ended with his low shot parried by Carson straight into the path of Jake Cassidy and the striker followed up with a low finish from six yards for his fifth goal of the season.
Akpa Akpro almost made it 4-0 on 73 minutes but his arching header was saved on the line by Carson, while Wallace's long range effort was a few yards wide of the target.
Lennell John-Lewis fired wide of Fon Williams' goal on 83 minutes, the final chance of the game at either end.

Tranmere: Fon Williams, Holmes, Taylor, Gibson, Bakayogo, Bell-Baggie (Thompson 64), Wallace, Palmer, Robinson (Kirby 87), Akpa Akpro (Stockton 79), Casssidy. Substitutes: Mooney, Kay, Golobart, Harrison.

Bury: Carson, Skarz, Lockwood, Sweeney, Schumacher, Craig Jones, Marshall, Sodje, Cullen (John-Lewis 63), Andrai Jones, Hopper (Elford-Alliyu 77). Substitutes: Byrne, John-Lewis, Carrington, Hughes, Harrop, Belford.

Referee: Trevor Kettle

Yellow cards: Robinson (62), Lockwood (67), Sodje (70), Schumacher (79)

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