27th October 2018
Tranmere thrashed Crawley at Prenton Park to keep pace with the League Two play-off pack.
Connor Jennings gave Rovers the lead before the division’s top scorer, James Norwood, notched his ninth and 10th goals of the season either side of half-time.
Adam Buxton’s penalty and a thunderbolt from Paul Mullin took the tally to five before the visitors pulled back a consolation through Olly Palmer.
Rovers attacked in waves and it was no surprise when Jennings smashed home a Manny Monthe knockdown midway through the first half to break the deadlock.
Jennings then set up Norwood for his first before the break and Tranmere’s leading marksman headed home an Ollie Banks corner to make it three shortly after the restart.
Tranmere’s penalty seemed harsh on the visitors, with Glenn Morris adjudged to have clipped Norwood in the box, but Buxton had little concern as he fired home before Mullin completed the rout.
Stunned Town responded when Palmer volleyed home Lewis Young’s cross from close range but they were soundly beaten.
Report supplied by Press Association.
Tranmere: Davies, Caprice, McNulty, Monthe, Buxton, Mullin (75 Gilmour), McCullough, Banks, Jennings, Cole (83 Smith), Norwood.
Unused subs: George, Mottley-Henry, Sutton, Harris, Williams.
Crawley: Morris; Francomb (Doherty 62), Connolly, Vincelot; Young, Bulman (Nathaniel-George 58), Camara (Alarakhia 76), Morais, Garner; Gambin, Palmer.
Unused Subs: Mersin, McNerney, Poleon.