The teams shared six goals when they met earlier this month, and Rovers were on the scoresheet after just six minutes. A sweeping counter-attack saw Paul Mullin tee up Norwood, who lifted the ball delicately over keeper Craig King to bag his 15th goal in 19 appearances this term.
Midway through the half, referee Craig Hicks saw nothing wrong when Zac McEachran went down on the edge of the Rovers area under pressure from Manny Monthe. Shortly afterwards, Mullin stole the ball from City’s Frankie Musonda and jinked to the right before curling expertly into the net.
Home goalkeeper King was forced to deny Mullin a second goal not long after while he also beat away an effort from Norwood just past the hour mark.
Tranmere now face National League North side Southport in round two.
Oxford City 0 – 2 Tranmere Rovers
Yesterday saw Oldham visited Prenton Park and missed the chance to climb into the top half of the table after Tranmere fought back to secure a 1-1 draw at Prenton Park. In a highly competitive contest, a strike from Johan Branger gave the visitors the lead at the interval but Rovers hit back in the second half through Connor Jennings to snatch a hard-earned point.
Samuel Edmondson missed a header for Oldham early on, but there was little goalmouth action until six minutes before the break when Tranmere failed to clear a corner and Branger drilled home from 12 yards out.
Ishmael Miller had a chance to double the Latics’ advantage on 67 minutes but, under pressure, he shanked his effort wide. When substitute Sam Surridge went clean through on goal for Oldham he tried to go around Scott Davies but the Rovers keeper got a hand to it – denying a certain second.
And Oldham paid a heavy price for their missed chances when 18 minutes from time a hopeful ball into the box fell nicely for Jennings who fired home the equaliser.
Tranmere Rovers 1 – 1 Oldham Athletic