Tranmere 0-1 Crawley: Tom Nichols strike sees off in-form Rovers

Saturday 6 March 2021 17:20, UK

Tom Nichols’ 13th goal of the season proved unlucky for promotion-hunting Tranmere but earned Crawley a 1-0 Sky Bet League Two win at their in-form hosts.

Town’s leading scorer, after Max Watters’ upgrade to Championship outfit Cardiff, back-heeled his latest strike to finish off a slick passing move after 58 minutes.

John Yems’ side were good value for completing a league double over their Prenton Park rivals, having beaten them 4-0 in Sussex last October when Nichols was also on the scoresheet.

Jake Hessenthaler almost made it 2-0 when he hit the crossbar after Rovers captain Scott Davies produced a wonder save to keep out Joe McNerney’s volley.

Keith Hill’s Papa John’s Trophy finalists were chasing a fourth straight win but instead suffered only a second defeat in 15 games in all competitions.

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Former England international Dave Nugent missed from six yards after Glenn Morris failed to gather Kaiyne Woolery’s shot after 11 minutes.

Veteran Morris denied Nya Kirby’s long-range effort but Tranmere, who were again missing leading marksman James Vaughan, rarely threatened to salvage a point.

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