Tranmere returned to winning ways with a well-deserved victory over League Two leaders Leyton Orient at Prenton Park.
An own goal from Omar Beckles was enough to give Micky Mellon’s side their first win in four games and inflict a third straight away defeat on the O’s.
The home side had much the better of the first half with Kieron Morris, Kane Hemmings and new signing Harvey Saunders all having opportunities to open the scoring while Orient’s best chance fell to Goerge Moncur.
Rovers continued to assert their dominance after the break and looked the more likely to snatch the three points with Josh Dacres-Cogley and Kane Hemmings coming close.
And the breakthrough finally came with eight minutes remaining when the unfortunate Beckles deflected the ball into his own net after some fine work down the right from Dacres-Cogley.
Orient came close to snatching a point in injury time when Harry Smith headed against the bar while at the other end, Hemmings wasted a glorious chance to add a second when he also hit the woodwork from close range.
Match report supplied by PA Media.
Line-upsMatch StatsLive TextLine-upsTranmereFormation 4-4-223Hewelt2Dacres-Cogley5Davies14Turnbull3Bristow7Morris6Merrie4O’Connor11Hawkes26Saunders10Hemmings23Hewelt2Dacres-Cogley5Davies14Turnbull3Bristow7Morris6MerrieSubstituted forWalkerat 74’minutes4O’Connor11HawkesSubstituted forChalmersat 74’minutes26SaundersSubstituted forBurtonat 67’minutes10HemmingsSubstitutes13Murphy18Jameson19Chalmers20Walker22Lewis25Mumbongo27BurtonLeyton OrientFormation 4-2-3-122Vigouroux2James19Beckles33McCart32Hunt18Pratley17Lyden11Archibald14Moncur34Sadlier23Kelman22Vigouroux2James19Beckles33McCart32Hunt18Pratley17LydenSubstituted forSotiriouat 71’minutesBooked at 74mins11ArchibaldBooked at 90mins14MoncurSubstituted forClayat 54’minutes34SadlierSubstituted forThompsonat 89’minutes23KelmanSubstituted forSmithat 71’minutesSubstitutes6Thompson7Smyth8Clay9Smith10Sotiriou27Byrne43TurnsReferee:Ollie YatesMatch StatsHome TeamTranmereAway TeamLeyton OrientPossessionHome46%Away54%ShotsHome9Away11Shots on TargetHome1Away0CornersHome6Away1FoulsHome6Away10Live Text Post updateMatch ends, Tranmere Rovers 1, Leyton Orient 0.90’+5’Full TimeSecond Half ends, Tranmere Rovers 1, Leyton Orient 0.90’+4’Post updateAttempt missed. Rob Hunt (Leyton Orient) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Theo Archibald.90’+1’Post updateKane Hemmings (Tranmere Rovers) hits the bar with a left footed shot from the centre of the box. Assisted by Kieron Morris with a cross.90’BookingTheo Archibald (Leyton Orient) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.90’Post updateFoul by Theo Archibald (Leyton Orient).90’Post updateLogan Chalmers (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.90’Post updateHarry Smith (Leyton Orient) hits the bar with a header from the centre of the box. Assisted by Jamie McCart with a headed pass.89’SubstitutionSubstitution, Leyton Orient. Adam Thompson replaces Kieran Sadlier.88’Post updateDelay over. They are ready to continue.87’Post updateDelay in match because of an injury Tom Davies (Tranmere Rovers).86’Post updateAttempt blocked. Ruel Sotiriou (Leyton Orient) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Craig Clay with a headed pass.82’goalGoal!Own Goal by Omar Beckles, Leyton Orient. Tranmere Rovers 1, Leyton Orient 0.80’Post updateOmar Beckles (Leyton Orient) wins a free kick in the defensive half.80’Post updateFoul by Jake Burton (Tranmere Rovers).79’Post updateAttempt missed. Kieran Sadlier (Leyton Orient) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Tom James with a cross.78’Post updateAttempt blocked. Kieran Sadlier (Leyton Orient) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ruel Sotiriou.77’Post updateOffside, Leyton Orient. Jamie McCart tries a through ball, but Kieran Sadlier is caught offside.76’Post updateAttempt missed. Harry Smith (Leyton Orient) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.75’Post updateTheo Archibald (Leyton Orient) wins a free kick in the defensive half.Page 1 of 5rewindpreviousNavigate to the next pagenextNavigate to the last pageforward