Setting the Wednesday nights scene:
Tranmere Rovers head to Buckinghamshire this Wednesday (20/11/19) to compete in the FA Cup first round, after a 2-2 cup draw with the hosts at Prenton Park eleven days earlier. Forward Kieron Morris achieving a goal ‘brace’.
Due to league and cup meetings, this will be the second time that Micky Mellon has had to compete against Gareth Ainsworth since the initial cup tie. Losing three days earlier in the league in a game shown on Sky, after an Akinfenwa header and a Joe Jacobson penalty in the latter stage of the first half.
The winners will face non-league Chichester City Football Club at home, the cup draw was made shortly after the home tie.
Liam Ridehalgh (foot) and David Perkins (Hamstring) will miss this weeks FA cup tie at Adams Park, with injuries picked up during this weekends defeat.
Banks, Gumbs, Ellis, Gilmour, Ponticelli also remain injured.
On a positive note, Callum Woods is now in contention to start as he is back in training. However, Mellon has admitted the full back is still in minor doubt.
One to watch:
Although veteran striker Adebayo Akinfenwa is the one to watch of many, Joe Jacobson can also pose a major threat to the Tranmere defence similar to the many previous fixtures this month. The 33 year old full back, who came through the academy ranks of ‘home town’ Cardiff poses a major threat from set pieces which is a weak area of Tranmere’s defence.
Man in the middle:
Graham Salisbury, an experienced referee from Lancashire, is the man in black this Wednesday. This season, Salisbury has officiated 13 fixtures in which he has given 45 yellow cards yet no red cards.
Although Tranmere have played against the Buckinghamshire outfit two times this month already, there have been many previous fixtures against them.
Total games – 14
Tranmere wins – 7
Wycombe wins – 5
Draws – 2
Did you know?
Wednesday night’s game at Adams Park is the second FA Cup game between Tranmere and Wycombe.
What happened last season in this round?
Similar to this season, Micky Mellon’s ‘super whites’ were in need of an away replay win to progress into the second round. The first round home fixture finished in a 3-3 draw with Oxford City FC, James Norwood scoring in the last minute after a Conor Jennings brace to set up a replay at ‘Court Place Farm’. Micky Mellon’s side beat Oxford City 2-0, in a game shown on BT Sport cameras, with goals from James Norwood and Paul Mullin.