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17:04 7th May 2011

Report: Tranmere Rovers 0 Town 2

First half goals from Lecsinel Jean-Francois and Michael Timlin handed Town a comfortable 2-0 win over Tranmere Rovers on the final day of Season 2010/11 at Prenton Park.

In truth it could have been more for Paul Bodin's side who were dominant for the majority of the game, but the caretaker boss will have been delighted with a consolatory three points to end a disastrous season.

It was nearly a nightmare start for the visitors, as Aaron Cresswell's near post corner was flicked inventively towards goal by Ash Taylor after just two minutes, but the ball flew into the side netting.

But Town soon found their feet, and were in front after 13 minutes through Lecsinel Jean-Francois. Michael Rose's right-wing corner was won in the air by Scott Cuthbert, and as the loose ball dropped to the Haitian centre-back, he calmly swept it home from six yards out.

The hosts should have been back on level terms minutes later as Phil Smith palmed 20-yard Lukas Akins effort straight into the path of Dale Jennings, but the youngster somehow contrived to side foot the ball wide with the goal at his mercy.

After a brief lull in proceedings, Town nearly found themselves two up as first Nathan Thompson's 25-yard drive was parried into the ground by Tony Warner, before the veteran 'keeper scrambled back to his feet to deny Elliot Benyon following up.

It was Town who went close again after 34 minutes, as Billy Bodin charged down a Tony Warner clearance, only to loop the bouncing ball back over the 'keeper's head and agonisingly wide of the post.

Bodin then went close again as the half drew to a close, turning Taylor brilliantly on the halfway line a surging clear into the box, before firing a shot just wide of the post in spite of Michael Timlin's screams for a cross.

Matt Ritchie

However, the Bodin-Timlin combination paid came good minutes later, as the Welsh youngster collected the ball in his own half and sent Timlin racing clear with an excellent pass, before the midfielder exchanges passes with Paul Caddis and whipped a stunning finish into the far corner from 25 yards.

Les Parry's side nearly made the perfect start to the second half as left-back Aaron Cresswell curled 35-yard free-kick past Phil Smith, only to be denied by the post.

The hosts were enjoying largely the best of play as the match progressed past the hour mark, but they were struggling to create any clear cut chances - Dale Jennings' 74th minute snap shot the only test Phil Smith faced in the Town goal, parrying the ball clear.

Both sides shifted into cruise control with a quarter of an hour remaining, with neither looking likely to add to the scoreline - Town fans' baiting of home 'keeper Tony Warner the only real remaining semblance of entertainment on show.

Substitute Miles Storey again showed a glimpse of what he is capable of with an electric burst of pace to beat Ash Taylor and set up Matt Ritchie, but the winger side-footed his first time effort wide from 15 yards.

The visitors saw out the remainder of the clash at a canter, capping a miserable season with the consolation of what was a comfortable and well deserved win.

    Data provided by Press Association