Tranmere all-but guarantee top three finish – title challenge still on


Tranmere continued their outstanding form with a 1-0 win at Dover on Tuesday night, surely securing a top three finish in the process and keeping their slim title hopes alive as they chase Macclesfield.

Andy Cook scored the only goal – his 26th of the season – to give Rovers a huge three points in a game during which they created many chances.

It was a deserved result and one which all-but guarantees a top three finish for Micky Mellon’s men, barring a considerable swing on the goal difference.

They opened up a six-point lead over fourth placed Sutton and have a goal difference that is 20 better than that of Paul Doswell’s team.

The significance of that stat is that second and third placed teams will have a one game play-off semi-final which will be played at home. Third placed Aldershot are five behind Rovers.

For those optimists among us, Tranmere have gained five points on league leaders Macclesfield in the space of four days, closing the gap at the top to seven points, and incredibly keeping title hopes alive.

If Tranmere win at Halifax on Saturday and Macc don’t win at Eastleigh, Rovers have an opportunity to take it to the last game of the season, subject to beating Solihull next Tuesday).

Regardless of how it ends, Rovers’ form since the start of December to get themselves back in to the title race has been incredible.

Elsewhere in the National League promotion race

The race for play-off places continues apace, with in-form Ebbsfleet moving in to the top seven tonight at the expense of Wrexham. Fleet won 1-0 at Eastleigh, while Sutton United’s woeful form continued as they lost 2-1 at Maidenhead.

Tonight’s results leave the table looking like this:

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