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Posted Sun 24 Jun 12 at 15:30 PM

Tranmere came from behind to record their seventh win of the season with a 3-1 victory over Scunthorpe at Glanford Park.
Rovers extended their three point gap at the top of League 1 to four as two goals from Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro and one from James Wallace cancelled out Karl Hawley's opener for the hosts.
Rovers were below par in the first half but improved after the break and scored two goals in quick succession to stun the Iron before Akpa Akpro added the third late on to seal all three points.
Ronnie Moore made just one change to the side that started against Brentford as Joe Thompson's place on the right side of midfield went to Abdulai Bell-Baggie with Jake Kirby named on the substitutes' bench.
Rovers went straight on the attack from the kick off but Jake Cassidy was unable to get control of the ball after Niall Canavan misdirected his header back to Scunthorpe keeper Sam Slocombe.
The home team's first chance saw striker Karl Hawley head over the bar from 12 yards after getting between Ash Taylor and Owain Fon Williams, while Zoumana Bakayogo had to block a Mark Duffy effort from the edge of the area on five minutes.
A strong run from Leon Clarke resulted in Fon Williams making a save in the middle of his goal, and Rovers responded with a shot from Cassidy that was comfortably gathered by Slocombe.
Fon Williams had to dive full length to his left on ten minutes to keep out Duffy's 25 yard free kick from a central position and five minutes later the home side took the lead. Christian Ribiero progressed up the right before playing the ball back to Jimmy Ryan and his cross was headed into the ground and past Fon Williams by Hawley.
An injury to Andy Robinson on 21 minutes forced Tranmere to make the first change of the game with Adam McGurk joining the action.
After a long spell without chances at either end and both teams wasting possession, James Wallace surged through the Scunthorpe half on 43 minutes, beating four challenges before seeing his angled right foot shot saved by Slocombe.
The chance brought the game back to life in the closing moments of the half. Fon Williams had to dive to his left to catch Duffy's curling 25 yard shot on 45 minutes and in injury time Zoumana Bakayogo raced clear of the Scunthorpe defence but fired over the bar from an angle when one on with Slocombe.
Fon Williams saved from Ribiero three minutes into the second half after Tom Newey got away with a handball inside his own half while a Rovers free kick was well cleared by the home defence soon after.
McGurk couldn't turn a Bell-Baggie cross goalwards on 55 minutes but six minutes later Rovers drew level. A corner from the right was crossed in by McGurk and Wallace rose highest to send a header off the bar and into the net after bouncing on the line and off the post.
A couple of minutes later and Tranmere were ahead. Another corner, this time on the left, was drilled into the box by McGurk and after Scunthorpe failed to clear Akpa Akpro shot into the net from close range for his sixth goal of the season.
Cassidy had a good chance to make it 3-1 on 78 minutes but, after he ran on to Akpa Akpro's lay off following a good run from the striker, the Wales Under-21 international side footed wide of the target.
But the third came two minutes from the end of normal time. After good play from Bell-Baggie Scunthorpe only cleared the ball as far as Palmer 30 yards out. The midfielder shaped to shoot but the ball was knocked from his path straight to Akpa Akpro who fired low past Slocombe into the bottom corner of the net.
Scunthorpe: Slocombe, Ribeiro, Mirfin, Canavan, Newey, Duffy (Barcham 76), Walker, Prutton (Grella 82), Ryan, Clarke, Hawley. Substitutes: Severn, Reid, Jennings, Gibbons, Sedgwick.
Tranmere: Fon Williams, Holmes, Taylor, Gibson, Bakayogo, Bell-Baggie, Wallace, Palmer, Robinson (McGurk 21), Cassidy, Akpa Akpro. Substitutes: Mooney, Kay, Golobart, Harrison, Kirby, Stockton.
Referee: Paul Tierney

Yellow cards: Prutton (60)

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