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Cook and Rovers still hope to spoil title party.

Byline: JASON BURNS at the Crabble Stadium sport@liverpool.com @LIVECHOSPORT

HE Silkmen champagne was put on ice temporarily as Tranmere narrowly won at Crabble by a single goal.

TAndy Cook took advantage of Manny Parry's mistake just before half time to give Micky Mellon's men the lead and move to top of the National League scorer charts with his 25th strike of the campaign.

And Cook could have gone further ahead of Fylde's Danny Rowe if he had taken his early chance, racing through within seconds of the kickoff, but Mitch Walker was equal to the attacker.

Cook and strike partner James Norwood then combined, with the latter seeing his strike blocked by Connor Essam.

Visiting stopper Scott Davies misjudged a free kick into the area, but his backline spared the keeper's blushes after the ball flew over the former Fleetwood Town man's head.

Livewire Cook almost stunned the home crowd, turning his man and curling inches wide from 25 yards.

And at the other end, Parry skied over from close range following a corner and the same player rose highest to meet Mitch Pinnock's cross, but nodded over.

But it was Cook who opened the scoring six minutes before the break, pouncing on Parry's mistake and slotting past Mitch Walker in spite of Essam's desperate attempts to clear the ball off the line.

Rovers were on the attack following the restart, Connor Jennings sprinting clear, but was unable to find a way past Walker.

Cook could only direct Larnell Cole's cross into Walker's arms and James Norburn's 20-yard rocket had Athletic's stopper scrambling across his goal.

And the hotshot forward went for glory from distance after Norwood nodded the ball into his path, missing the far post by inches.

But Rovers held on to avenge their reverse scoreline between the two sides earlier in the season.

Earlier, boss Mellon made one change to the side that started at Aldershot on Saturday.

Larnell Cole replaced the injured Ben Tollitt.

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Andy Cookscored the winning goal again for Tranmere at Dover last night RICHARD AULT

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Date:Apr 18, 2018
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