Tranmere made two changes for the game against Chester FC. Adam Mekki and debutant Adam Dawson, who signed on a three-month loan from Kidderminster Harriers yesterday, came in to the starting eleven replacing Lois Maynard and Liam Ridehalgh. Chester manager Steve Burr included former Rovers players Michael Kay and Chester captain Ian Sharps in their starting eleven for the derby encounter.
It didn’t take long for Tranmere to take the lead on five minutes when Liam Hogan glanced a powerful header into the back of the Chester net from six yards out. It came after the Chester defence failed to clear from Tranmere’s first corner of the match.
On 10 minutes, Scott Davies found James Norwood whose chip attempt could only find the gloves of Chester stopper Jon Worsnop.
Chester’s first chance came on 16 minutes as a cross in by Craig Mahon was equally matched and parried to safety by Scott Davies.
Midway through the first half, Matt Hill struck a pile-driver from 25 yards which goalkeeper Worsnop dived full length, only for the ball to rise slightly over the roof of the net.
Shortly after, a pass and move involving Andy Mangan and Michael Ihiekwe found James Norwood whose goal was ruled out for offside.
On 36 minutes, Tranmere doubled their lead. A solo run by James Norwood wasn’t cleared by the Chester defence and the striker capitalised, finiding the bottom left hand corner of the net.
With half time on the horizon, there was a shortage of clear-cut chances and Tranmere went into the break with their two-goal lead.
Chester had the first effort of the second half, a low shot from John Rooney comfortably found the gloves of Scott Davies.
Four minutes later, Rooney had another effort from 25 yards which was easily claimed by Davies.
Tranmere’s first clear-cut chance of the second half fell to Norwood when he cut inside on 58 minutes from 12 yards but saw his effort blocked by the Chester defence.
Midway into the second half, Chester were awarded a penalty and chance for them to get back into the game. Liam Hogan was adjudged to have handled in the area. John Rooney stepped up and could only see his strong effort well saved by Scott Davies who dived full length to keep the score at two-nil to Rovers.
Rovers' first substitution came on 78 minutes when Marlon Jackson replaced debutant Adam Dawson.
On 84 minutes, Chester had another glorious opportunity to reduce the deficit only for Ryan Higgins to blaze over from six yards out.
The final chance for Tranmere came deep into added time. A through ball by Jennings found Norwood whose effort was blocked by a Chester defender as Rovers claimed all three points from the derby.
Tranmere: Davies, Sutton, Jennings, Hogan, Harris, Norwood (Margetts 90), Ihiekwe, Mangan (Maynard 86), Hill, Mekki, Dawson (Jackson 78). Substitutes: Turner, Ridehalgh.
Chester: Worsnop, Kay, Heneghan, Sharps, Hunt, O'Hanlon (Richards 64), Rooney, Shaw, Higgins, Mahon (Hughes 46), Hannah (Hobson 70). Substitutes: Thompson, Forth.
Referee: Simon Bennett
Yellow cards: Dawson (38), Ihiekwe (39), Hughes (51), Rooney (80), Kay (82)
Goals: Hogan (5), Norwood (36)