TRANMERE suffered a disappointing 2-1 defeat at Doncaster as the hosts eased their relegation fears to claim their first win since New Year’s Day.

Goals from Joe Ironside and Hakeeb Adelakun saw Doncaster put further daylight between themselves and the division’s bottom two after a run of only one win in 10 left them looking over their shoulders.

Josh Hawkes had equalised for Tranmere, who have now won just one of their last five in League Two.

Doncaster started the brighter and took the lead after 15 minutes when Ironside flicked in a header from an Adelakun cross.

Regan Hendry fired narrowly wide from the edge of the box as Tranmere pushed for an equaliser and Doncaster keeper Thimothee Lo-Tutala pushed away a shot from Connor Jennings.

The visitors were firmly on the front foot at the start of the second half and found the equaliser when substitute Hawkes cut inside and curled a shot into the far corner in the 60th minute.

But Doncaster were back in front five minutes later when Adelakun latched onto Owen Bailey’s lofted pass, rounded the keeper and slotted home.