Match report – Tranmere Rovers 1, Carlisle United 0

Tranmere’s unbeaten run was further extended tonight under new boss Keith Hill. Tranmere are now within a point of the play-off places following their 1-0 defeat of Carlisle.

The first half was pretty even between the two sides. At 7 minutes, Otis Khan tested United goalkeeper Paul Farman who tipped the shot out for a corner. James Vaughan was unfortunate with a header from the resulting corner.

At 17 minutes, Tranmere keeper Scott Davies saved Carlisle’s Jon Mellish’s header in the top right corner. The resulting corner saw Joe Riley (Carlisle United) shoot from outside the box, but it sailed over.

Both Tranmere and Carlisle had attempts on goal a few minutes either side of the half-hour mark, but other than that, it was evenly matched and uneventful up to the half-time whistle.

The second half began in a seemingly perfect manner Corey Blackett-Taylor’s shot was fumbled by Carlisle goalie Farman, with the home team claiming the ball had crossed the line.

Corey Blackett-Taylor didn’t have to wait long to make up for the non-goal. His 51st-minute screamer proved to be the only goal of the game. It was enough to secure Keith Hill victory in his first game as Rovers boss as well as Rover’s fourth league win in a row.

The Tranmere Rovers v Brackley Town FA Cup 2nd round game will be live on BBC Two on Friday, 27 November (19:55 GMT). Tranmere’s next League 2 match is away to Oldham Athletic on December 2nd.

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