scoring opportunities became limited.
Town’s final chance came as Holroyd tested Scott Davies with a fierce strike from 25 yards, but he made a diving save to his left.
Scott Flinders also had to be on his toes late on, as he stretched to catch a cross which appeared to be drifting over his head and into the net.
However, neither team could break the deadlock before full time, leaving the second leg at Prenton Park on Saturday finely poised.
Tranmere take the lead in the tie from the penalty spot