Tranmere claimed a third win in a row in Sky Bet League two as Micky Mellon’s side claimed a 1-0 victory over early play-off challengers Barrow on Saturday afternoon.
A strike from Josh Hawkes proved to be the difference as Rovers built on two back-to-back away wins with three points at Prenton Park.
It was a cagey affair for the first 20 minutes with neither side able to create any real chances throughout the opening exchanges.
But the first goal did finally arrive mid-way through the first half as Hawkes received the ball out wide from Kieron Morris and struck a low-driven shot across the face of goal into the bottom corner to give Rovers the opener.
Hawkes had another chance ten minutes later after more good work from Morris provided Hawkes with an opening from outside the area, but his effort was eventually gathered by Farman.
Barrow finally had their first test for Ross Doohan in the Rovers goal as Ben Whitfield had an effort late in the half but it was a simple claim for the Tranmere ‘keeper.
With Rovers heading into the interval with a slender lead, there was still work to be done to ensure they concluded the afternoon with three points, coming up against a side well within the play-off places before kick-off.
The visitors came flying out of the blocks as they won a corner in the opening 25 seconds which saw George Ray have a great opportunity but his header landed over the bar.
But despite the early chance, Rovers continued the momentum with Elliott Nevitt who had a close range effort saved by the Barrow keeper before Nevitt had another strike from 25 yards which cannoned off the bottom of the post.
With less than 15 minutes to go, Nevitt made it a hat-trick of chances after his effort lacked any real connection which was followed by a corner which was met by Dynel Simeu who’s diving header was saved by Farman.
But despite a number of second-half chances, Rovers settled for the narrow victory and boosted themselves to within four points of the play-off places.