Tranmere's FA Cup with Budweiser campaign ended in the second round with a 5-0 defeat at Peterborough United.
A hat-trick from Britt Assombalonga and two Shaun Jeffers strikes gave the home side a deserved win on a frustrating afternoon for Rovers who created few chances throughout the 90 minutes.
Ronnie Moore made two changes to the team that beat Colchester United as Danny Holmes and Ryan Edwards replaced injured pair Jon Otsemobor and Ian Goodison. Edwards was making his first appearance for the Club after joining on loan from Blackburn Rovers.
Kris Peterson linked well with Ryan Lowe outside the area in the fifth minute but Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro was offside when the ball reached him in a shooting position.
James Wallace looked to have taken the ball from Britt Assombalonga on ten minutes but a foul was given against the Rovers captain just outside his own area. The decision gave the home side a shooting opportunity but after going under the Tranmere wall Michael Bostwick's effort was saved by Owain Fon Williams.
At the other end a cross from Wallace was diverted towards his own goal by Peterborough defender Shaun Brisley and keeper Bobby Olejnik was forced into a save. Despite protests from some of the Rovers players and supporters no pass back was given.
Fon Williams parried a left wing cross into the path of former Rovers trialist Shaun Jeffers on 17 minutes and the striker should have broken the deadlock. However, his close range volley went over the bar.
Jake Kirby shot across goal and past the left hand post on 22 minutes from outside the area while Wallace volleyed wide following a goalmouth scamble after a Chris Atkinson corner a couple of minutes later.
Rovers survived a scramble from a corner themselves on 33 minutes, with Akpa Akpro clearing after Fon Williams had got his body in the way before Jeffers could shoot.
Wallace lifted a pass over the Peterborough defence but it was just too fast for Lowe to capitalise on on 34 minutes while a minute later Bostwick sidestepped past three challenges outside the Rovers area before shooting across goal and wide.
However, a minute later the home side took the lead. A stray pass in the Peterborough half lost possession for Rovers and Darren Ferguson's team raced forward and forward and found the net through Britt Assombalonga from 12 yards.
Their second goal came in first half injury time. A corner from the left found Jeffers at the back post and he tapped in from close range for his first goal for Peterborough.
Bostwick fired over the top left corner from 25 yards early in the second half and Kgosi Ntlhe shot wide from 20 yards on 54 minutes.
Cole Stockton replaced Akpa Akpro just before the hour mark but five minutes later the home side scored their third. Wallace lost possession inside his own half and the ball was played to Assombalonga who cut inside Edwards and fired across Fon Williams and into the bottom right corner from 10 yards.
The striker completed his hat-trick on 73 minutes. He picked up possession outside the area and again cut inside before curling into the bottom right corner.
Four almost became five soon after, but Rowe cleared off the line from a corner and Fon Williams did well to tip Grant McCann's free kick around the post.
The chances kept coming for the home side. Swanson curled wide from 15 yards on 84 minutes and Assombalonga fired inches over the bar soon after from the edge of the area.
The scoring was completed in added time, with Jeffers netting his second of the game with a powerful close range finish.
Peterborough: Olejnik, Ntlhe, Little (Knight-Percival 74), Bostwick, Brisley, Anderson, Tomlin (Mendez-Laing 74), McCann, Assombalonga, Ephraim (Swanson 28), Jeffers. Substitutes: Day, Conlon, Barnett, Marshall
Tranmere: Fon Williams, Holmes, Edwards, McNulty, Ridehalgh, Kirby (Rowe 65), Wallace, Atkinson, Peterson, Lowe, Akpa Akpro (Stockton 59). Substitutes: Mooney, Horwood, Koumas, Power, Sodje.
Referee: Michael Naylor