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Posted Sat 04 Jul 15 at 09:58 AM

A James Norwood double gave Tranmere maximum points from Aggborough as Rovers ran out 2-0 winners against Kidderminster Harriers. 
Gary Brabin stuck with the same starting eleven which began against Lincoln City on Good Friday, the only change being Adam Mekki replaced by Jack Mackreth on the bench due to an ankle injury. 
The opening opportunities fell on nine minutes when Kidderminster had a free-kick on the right which was headed towards goal and saved by Scott Davies. 
Tranmere went straight down the other end and James Norwood had a shot from 20 yards which was saved by Harriers goalkeeper Max O'Leary. 
Rovers took the lead on 14 minutes when a high ball forward by Michael Ihiekwe found Norwood who took a touch before firing home from close range. 
Norwood had a chance for a second on 20 minutes when Gary Taylor-Fletcher found him with a lovely through ball, but the 18-goal striker saw his effort from 18 yards slide just wide of the far post. 
The striker had a further opportunity on goal 11 minutes before the break when a good cross by Jake Kirby from the right found him 12 yards out but his header went wide. 
On 43 minutes, Taylor-Fletcher was played through on the left and he cut inside and his shot was well saved by O'Leary as the teams went in at the interval with Rovers a goal to the good. 
The first chance of the second half came on 59 minutes when Jeff Hughes' right wing corner was met by the head of Michael Ihiekwe whose effort was collected by O'Leary. 
Kirby forced a save out of O'Leary with 15 minutes remaining although the assistant referee had deemed the ball had earlier gone out of play. 
On 75 minutes, Taylor-Fletcher was replaced by Scott Fenwick in Rovers' first change of the game. 
The substitute almost grabbed Tranmere's second when Norwood found him 12 yards out but his fierce shot was parried by O'Leary. 
Jack Mackreth was introduced in place of Jake Kirby on 83 minutes in Gary Brabin's second substitution of the afternoon. 
With three minutes to go, Norwood was played in on goal but his effort was again well saved by O'Leary. 
The striker did find his 19th of the season and sealed the win two minutes into added time when he flicked the ball over the defender and fired the ball home from 8 yards to secure the three points. 

Kidderminster:O'Leary, Langmead, Patrick (Garnett 66), Tunnicliffe (Hodgkiss 60), Kinsella, Jones (Maxwell 71), Williams, Fane, Lowe, McQuilkin, Ngwatala. Substitutes:Snedker, Taylor.

Tranmere: Davies, Vaughan, McNulty, Ihiekwe, Hill, Kirby (Mackreth 83), Jennings, Harris, Hughes, Norwood, Taylor-Fletcher (Fenwick 75). Substitutes: Turner, Riley, Higdon.

Referee:  Karl Evans 

Yellow cards: Hughes (22), Jennings (50), Davies (88)
Red cards:   
Goals: Norwood (16,90) 

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