Reserves Tumble at Tranmere
Tranmere forward Paul Robinson - who had scored in each of their last 10 games - hit the post in the 16th minute, with Adam Dickinson putting in the rebound. Paul Brown got another to make it 2-0 at half time.
Clayton Donaldson won a penalty early in the second half, but Russell Howarth saved his strike.
Nathan Hotte headed in Tom Matthews's cross to give City a chance with 10 minutes to go but the home side held on.
City line-up: Pecora, Wiseman, Cattermole, Tomlinson, Byron, Holt (Matthews 45), Russell, Fry, Donaldson, Hotte, Peat.
Un-used subs: Beattie, Mann, Benson.