Crewe Alexandra fell to a single-goal defeat as Tranmere Rovers earned their first victory in six league games at Prenton Park.
On loan Everton teenager Matthew Pennington headed the winner from Jason Koumas’ corner just before the half-hour mark.
Former Alex forward Ryan Lowe offered early danger but the visitors covered well while Brad Inman replied straight at goalkeeper Owain Fon Williams.
Tranmere went in front though when poor marking at a corner allowed Pennington to head in at the far post.
There was a change of referee at the break but the Railwaymen were more concerned with altering the scoreline after hardly creating an opportunity.
Full-back Evan Harwood sent an early effort over for their opponents and Byron Moore failed to get his reply on target.
Lowe hoisted over at the other end and Koumas was also wide while Crewe had a couple of unsuccessful penalty shouts after skipper Matt Tootle twice went down.
Substitute Uche Ikpeazu later struck directly at Fon Williams and fellow replacement Mathias Pogba couldn’t turn an acrobatic effort towards goal as the points slipped away.
Tranmere Rovers: Williams, Pennington, Horwood, Jennings, Taylor, Arthurworrey, Kennedy, Koumas, Cassidy (Stockton 71), Lowe, Kirby (Robinson 79)
subs (unused): Holmes, Goodison, Rowe, Power, Mooney
Goals: Pennington (28)
Crewe Alexandra: Garratt, Mellor, Davis, Ellis, Tootle, Evans, Grant, Inman, Moore (Pogba 67), Aneke, Leitch-Smith (Ikpeazu 75)
subs (unused): Dugdale, Osman, Guthrie, Waters, Martin
Ref: S. Mathieson
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