Tranmere Women continued their perfect start to the season under new manager Marc Joyce, with a 3-1 win against a strong Salford City side on Sunday.

The victory means Rovers have won all of their first four matches so far this season.

Tranmere slightly shaded the early action and got their reward in the 14th minute, when link up play between Laura Pennington and Heather Ryan resulted in the latter slotting past the Salford keeper to give Rovers the lead.

It was the home side that continued to knock on the door with a collection of chances but City defended well and kept out the Rovers attack.

Wirral Globe: Tranmere's Anya McCready holds off two Salford opponents. Photo: Tony CoombesTranmere's Anya McCready holds off two Salford opponents. Photo: Tony Coombes

And Salford drew level on the half hour mark when the away side finally found their way in behind the Rovers defence, to bundle the ball past keeper Maddocks for the equaliser.

Tranmere didn’t dwell on the goal for long and hit back almost immediately. A switch of play found forward Anya McCready in space. With strength to get herself into the Salford area she was able to strike the ball with power past the away side keeper and put Rovers back in the lead.

Continuing to push forward, Rovers made it three not long after.

Captain Lindsay Smith played right back Helen Roberts into space outside, who cut the ball back into the area to find Rovers forward Pennington in space.

Pennington lifted the ball over the keeper, ensuring that the hosts took a 3-1 lead into half-time.

Wirral Globe: Olivia Hulmston of Tranmere Rovers Women. Photo: Tony CoombesOlivia Hulmston of Tranmere Rovers Women. Photo: Tony Coombes

The second half continued to have chances for both sides, with Tranmere unable to find the fourth goal to kill the game off and Salford failing to get a second to edge their way back in.

Cloe Robinson replaced the injured Kiah Sullivan in the Rovers defence and performed well in keeping Salford at bay.

After a free-scoring opening 45 minutes, both teams defended well from set pieces after the break, with goalkeepers at opposite ends of the pitch performing well for their sides.

Rovers had done the damage in the first half however, and managed the second half well to ensure they stay on top of the league.