January 1, 2013
Robbo keeps Rovers on top
Tranmere retained top spot in npower League One after starting the New Year with a 1-0 win at struggling Bury.
Captain Andy Robinson missed a first-half penalty, but made amends by grabbing the goal that secured Rovers' third win in a row.
Both sides started 2013 in sluggish fashion, as Robinson and Bury's Tom Soares were unable to hit the target with early opportunities.
Tranmere striker Michael O'Halloran found space inside the box, but his tame shot was saved easily by Bury goalkeeper Trevor Carson at the near post.
Tranmere were awarded a controversial penalty in the 43rd minute, but Carson made a stunning one-handed save to keep out Robinson's spot-kick.
The talismanic Rovers skipper continued to have a strong influence on the game in the second half and hammered a powerful shot against the Bury crossbar.
Eventually, his persistence paid off when he latched on to a through-ball from Liam Palmer and smashed a deflected shot past Carson.
Bury refused to give in but lacked punch up front, Tranmere goalkeeper Owain Fon Williams comfortably saving a neat shot on the turn from Steven Schumacher.
|1 Trevor Carson||1 Owain fon Williams|
|31 Matthew Doherty||14 Zoumana Bakayogo|
|3 Joe Skarz||2 Danny Holmes|
|34 Ethan Ebanks-Landell||4 Ash Taylor|
|8 Steven Schumacher||23 Donervorn Daniels|
|35 Tom Soares||10 Andy Robinson|
|7 David Worrall||6 Liam Palmer|
|36 Greg Wylde||17 Max Power|
|21 Andrai Jones||11 Adam McGurk|
|32 Zac Thompson||9 Jake Cassidy|
|28 Tom Hopper||20 Michael O'Halloran|
|20 Christian Dibble||Jason Mooney 33|
|17 Mark Hughes||Ian Goodison 5|
|6 Peter Sweeney||Michael Kay 19|
|37 Sebastien Carole||Paul Black 3|
|9 Craig Jones||Danny Harrison 12|
|25 David Healy||Joe Thompson 7|
|Cole Stockton 16|
|Sebastien Carole for Tom Soares (59)||Cole Stockton for Adam McGurk (77)|
|David Healy for David Worrall (84)||Joe Thompson for Andy Robinson (85)|
|Craig Jones for Greg Wylde (84)|
|David Worrall (45)||Donervorn Daniels (75)|
|· Squads: Bury | Tranmere Rovers|