November 7, 2012
Rovers return to League One summit
Tranmere Rovers climbed back to the top of League One with a 2-0 win at Hartlepool United.
Andy Robinson's 79th-minute penalty sent Rovers on their way to a first win in four and means they leapfrog Sheffield United and Stevenage at the summit.
Managerless Pool, watched by prospective boss Phil Brown, remain bottom after making it 15 games without a win.
The visitors could have been two up inside six minutes, but Peter Hartley cleared off the line from Jake Jervis, before Jake Cassidy lobbed wide when in on goal.
It was 32 minutes before Pools first shot - Neil Austin curling wide from distance.
But they should have been ahead just 14 seconds into the second-half, Jon Franks put in on goal, but keeper Owain Fon Williams saved well.
Home goalkeeper Scott Flinders then made three impressive stops to deny Andy Robinson, Adam McGurk and James Wallace before he was beaten.
Hartley tripped Wallace in the area and Robinson made no mistake from the spot.
And in injury time, substitute Cole Stockton ran across the Pools defence and curled a fine effort around Flinders.
|Hartlepool United||Tranmere Rovers|
|1 Scott Flinders||1 Owain fon Williams|
|5 Sam Collins||14 Zoumana Bakayogo|
|2 Neil Austin||2 Danny Holmes|
|29 Peter Hartley||4 Ash Taylor|
|20 Paul Murray||21 Ben Gibson|
|15 Antony Sweeney||10 Andy Robinson|
|8 Simon Walton||8 James Wallace|
|7 Jonathan Franks||6 Liam Palmer|
|19 Jordan Richards||22 Abdulai Bell-Baggie|
|39 Steve Howard||24 Jake Jervis|
|10 James Poole||9 Jake Cassidy|
|31 Adam McHugh||Jason Mooney 33|
|6 Evan Horwood||Ian Goodison 5|
|22 Darren Holden||Michael Kay 19|
|18 Jack Baldwin||Danny Harrison 12|
|14 Nathan Luscombe||Joe Thompson 7|
|35 Ryan Noble||Adam McGurk 11|
|36 Charlie Wyke||Cole Stockton 16|
|Ryan Noble for James Poole (66)||Adam McGurk for Abdulai Bell-Baggie (36)|
|Nathan Luscombe for Paul Murray (80)||Cole Stockton for Jake Jervis (74)|
|Jordan Richards (47)||Andy Robinson (10)|
|Ben Gibson (62)|
|· Squads: Hartlepool United | Tranmere Rovers|