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Posted Sun 24 Jun 12 at 15:30 PM

Tranmere kept up their fine start to the 2012-13 season with a 5-2 win over Crawley Town at the Broadfield Stadium.
The result ensured Ronnie Moore's side stayed top of npower League 1 and took them to 20 points and unbeaten in eight games. 
Danny Holmes' first goal for the Club gave Rovers an early lead but Crawley responded well and led before the 20 minute mark.
However, Jake Cassidy equalised late in the first half and, after Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro put Rovers back ahead, Cassidy found the net again and was joined on the scoresheet late on by Andy Robinson as Rovers went home with all three points.
Ronnie Moore made one change to the team that defeated Bury in midweek, with Joe Thompson returning to the right wing in place of Abdulai Bell-Baggie who dropped to the substitutes' bench. Former Rovers winger Mike Jones started for Crawley.
Rovers started the contest in perfect fashion. Danny Holmes received the ball from Thompson inside the area and fired a left foot shot goalwards, with Jake Cassidy just failing to get a touch as the effort beat Paul Jones.
It could have been 2-0 soon after when Andy Robinson played a through ball for Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro but the striker had made his run too early and was ruled offside. 
On 11 minutes the hosts equalised. While Holmes was down injured, Crawley played the ball through the Rovers half and Josh Simpson's shot from 18 yards went through a crowded penalty area and past Owain Fon Williams.
And five minutes later Crawley went ahead when a corner was only half cleared by Rovers, headed back into the box by Hope Akpan and Kyle McFadzean smashed a volley into the net from 12 yards. 
Thompson's attempt to level from a tight angle had to be tipped over the bar by Jones on 17 minutes while another effort from Simpson for Crawley was saved by Fon Williams. 
Gary Alexander headed straight at Fon Williams from Akpan's free kick on 29 minutes and the Rovers keeper pulled off a decent save from Jones soon after as Crawley went in search of a third goal before half time.
However, the next strike came at the other end, with Rovers leveling. Zoumana Bakayogo stole the ball from Nicky Ajose inside his own half, raced forward and whipped in a cross to the far post where Cassidy headed in his sixth goal of the season.
Rovers began the second half in the same way they started the first. The Crawley defence allowed a high ball to bounce into the path of Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro and the striker volleyed past Jones for his fourth goal of the season.
The end to end action of the first half continued. Liam Palmer's low effort was blocked on 47 minutes while Fon Williams produced a fantastic save to keep out Akpan's shot soon after. 
Tranmere found the net for a fourth time on 52 minutes. A back pass from Mark Connolly was hit short of Jones allowing Cassidy to steal possession and fire past the keeper for his second of the afternoon.
Crawley went straight back on the attack and Fon Williams had to save Alexander's header from an Akpan cross but Rovers still looked dangerous on the attack and could have added a fifth when Akpa Akpro raced through the home half only to fire over the bar. 
Rovers' first substitution saw Danny Harrison replace Thompson and moments later they were inches from adding to the advantage, with Ash Taylor smashing a shot against the bar following a Robinson corner.
McFadzean couldn't keep his shot down from an Adams corner on 73 minutes while an Ajose effort went over the bar 12 minutes later. 
And with the game just about to enter injury time, Robinson added his seventh of the season with a low finish after the ball reached him following Palmer's run.

Crawley: Jones, Hunt (Clarke 67), Sadler, McFadzean, Connolly, Jones (Forte 80), Akpan, Simpson, Adams (Bulman 80), Alexander, Ajose. Substitutes: Torres, Walsh, Davis, Kuipers.

Tranmere: Fon Williams, Holmes, Taylor, Gibson, Bakayogo, Thompson (Harrison 71), Wallace, Palmer, Robinson (Kay 90+1), Cassidy, Akpa Akpro. Substitutes: Mooney, Golobart, Kirby, Bell-Baggie, Stockton.

Referee:  Mick Russell

Yellow cards: Taylor (29)

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