Tranmere Rovers v Shrewsbury Town : Match preview.

Match information:

Tranmere are back at Prenton Park after a previous away encounter at Portman Road where Paul Lamberts side won comfortably 4-1. Tranmere are unbeaten in their last four home outings, thus will be of the hope of extending their current run against Sam Rickett’s side who sit in mid-table after a 3-0 home loss to Fleetwood Town.

Team News:

Tranmere are without the services of : Perkins (Hamstring), Ray (Groin), Woods, Ferrier, Maddox, Miller, Gumbs, Ellis and Wilson. However, Jake Caprice is set to make his home debut of the current season as he comes back to full fitness from an injury. 

The visitors will be without the services of Ebanks-Landell through a hamstring injury. However, Okenabirhie is set to start after returning to full training.

One to watch:

Forward Callum Lang is the visitors one to watch, who is a season long loanee from Wigan Athletic. The Liverpudlian came through the youth system at Wigan, before turning professional in 2017. Last season, Lang was on loan at Oldham Athletic where he netted 13 times in 42 appearances. 

Match officials:

Craig Hicks, from Surrey, is the man in the middle for this weekends home encounter. He has officiated 9 games this season handing out 28 yellow cards and 3 red cards. 

Past meetings:

Tranmere will be facing Shrewsbury competitively  for the first time since the 2014/15 season. Tranmere’s record against ‘The Salop’ is superior in comparison to the visitors record. Tranmere winning 21, drawing 10 and losing 10 of 41 meetings. 

Did you know:

Of a weekend that marks Micky Mellon’s third year stay at ‘The Whites’ he faces his former club. Micky spent two years at Shrewsbury, from 2014 to 2016 and achieved promotion from Sky Bet league two.

Also, Ollie Norburn will return to Prenton Park for the first competitive time since performing in the national league promotion winning season of 2017/18.

Ipswich Town v Tranmere Rovers : Match Report.

Micky Mellon’s men travelled to East Anglia with the hope of extending their unbeaten run, against a top of the league Ipswich side containing Tranmere legend James Norwood. The Tranmere lineup featured two changes from the previous fixture against Burton Albion, the returning Jake Caprice replaced the injured George Ray and new signing Neill Danns replaced the injured David Perkins. 

Similar to previous fixtures, Micky Mellon’s side looked to pose an attacking threat from the starting whistle. Jake Caprice and Neill Danns linking up well but a cross could only result in a goal kick. 

At the other end, James Norwood posed a threat to his former club through shooting on the edge of the box but his attempt was blocked by opposing defender Sid Nelson.

On the stroke of the twentieth minute, Tranmere looked to have opened the scoring but it was ruled out through the linesman’s flag as Stefan Payne appeared to use his hand in the build up.

Micky Mellon’s men continued to pose an attacking threat as Ollie Banks took an attempt from distance which unlike previous week couldn’t find the net. 

Tranmere Midfielder, Neill Danns, looked to pose an attacking threat as he carried the ball from midfield and drove forwards before shooting agonisingly wide of the post.

The first booking of the game was awarded late into the first half, Darren Potter on the receiving end of a yellow card for a tackle on Judge on the half way line. His actions also meant that a free kick was awarded which Garbutt was beautifully placed into the top corner of Scott Davies net from a roughly estimated thirty yards.

Tranmere’s bounce-back-ability appeared to come into use again when Stefan Payne brought the scoreline level with a ‘tap in’ after a low cross from Jake Caprice, just before half time.

After the halftime break, Stefan Payne was booked for a late tackle on Vincent-Young. Scott Davies could only parry a powerful free kick into the path of Jackson  who rifled his attempt into the net from a short distance.

On the stroke of the sixty-first minute, Ipswich believed that they had scored their third goal of the game. However, Downes’ attempt was ruled out for offside.

The goals continued to come for Ipswich, their third goal being scored halfway through the second half. Jackson broke through one-on-one but a Scott Davies save landed on the head of Nolan who was a short distance from the goal line.

The third booking of the game came for Tranmere legend James Norwood, who prevented Danns from counter-attacking from midfield.

Micky Mellon made his first two substitutions of the game : Kieron Morris and Paul Mullin being replaced by Connor Jennings and Corey Blackett-Taylor.

Ipswich’s fourth goal of the game came shortly after Norwood’s booking, Vincent-Young carrying the ball from right back into the box to slot perfectly into the bottom corner.

Another attempt on goal came for Ipswich when James Norwood managed to break the offside trap to go one-on-one with Scott Davies. However, his ‘chipped’ attempt failed to get past Scott Davies.

Micky Mellon made his final substitution of the game : Hepburn-Murphy replacing Darren Potter as the side looked to close the result gap.

As the fixture fizzled out, it looked impossible for Tranmere to bounce-back, meaning their unbeaten run was stopped in a defeat in East Anglia. However, the 621 travelling Tranmere faithful continued to support their team as ‘Tequilla’ rang across the away end.

Ipswich Town V Tranmere Rovers : Match Preview

This coming Saturday, Micky Mellon’s side will travel to East Anglia to face Ipswich where Tranmere legend James Norwood now plays his football. Tranmere will be looking to extend their unbeaten run after two bounce-back home performances saw the side pick up four points the previous week. However, the hosts enter the game as favourites after an unbeaten start to the season sees them placed at the top of the table.

Ipswich Town Football Club ‘The Tractor Boys’ play their football at Portman road, a stadium of great history as the first Division was won there in the 1961/62 season. Tranmere last visited Portman Road in the latter part of 1999, nothing was able to separate the two sides as the fixture ended at nil-nil. This season, Ipswich Town have competed as hosts five times : winning three and drawing two. As important as these results is the evident strong defence the club holds, with the last league goal conceded being more than a month ago. Thus, Tranmere’s visit to East Anglia will come of great competition. ‘The Tractor Boys’ have provided no team news for this weekends fixture. Tranmere Website has stated that Ipswich’s ‘one to watch’ is James Norwood, who has ‘hit the ground running’ since his summer arrival to East Anglia as he is placed at the top of the clubs goal-scoring chart. 

Micky Mellon’s men come into this fixture with the hope of continuing their unbeaten form, after bouncing-back twice last week to ‘pick up’ 4 deserved points. The side will be bolstered by the return of Jake Caprice, who is yet to feature competitively since the infamous victory at Wembley in May. However, the side will be without the services of : Perkins (Hamstring), Blackett-Taylor (groin), Woods (calf), Ferrier (Knee),  Maddox, Miller (Hamstring), Gumbs (ACL), Ellis (Knee), Wilson (Knee). 

Did you know : Tranmere Rovers did the double over Ipswich Town during the 1996/97 First Division, with John Aldridge’s side winning 2-0 at Portman Road in October and 3-0 at Prenton Park a month later. 

Expected lineups:

Ipswich – Holy, Edwards, Wilson, Chambers, Woolfenden, Vincent-Young, Skuse, Downs, Dozzel, Norwood, Judge.

Tranmere – Davies, Borthwick-Jackson, Ridehalgh, Monthe, Nelson, Caprice, Danns, Potter, Banks, Mullin, Payne. 

Tranmere Rovers v Burton Albion : Match report

‘Yet again’ Micky Mellon’s men’s resilience was evident in a last-gasp 2-1 home victory against Burton Albion. Tranmere’s side were unchanged since their midweek bounce-back 2-2 draw against Peterborough, which amazed all spectators. Although being sent to the stands in the previous fixture, Micky Mellon stood in the dugout.

Similar to previous performances, Tranmere started off strongly bombarding the Burton defensive half with many attackive threats. Two early corners caused a scramble in the Albion box but Tranmere were unable to capitalise. Paul Mullin continued to chase the Burton defenders to force defensive errors, through Ridehalgh’s and Banks’ long range passing to the left side, yet no on-goal chances were created. Further running, from Paul Mullin, towards the Burton goal caused the first free kick of the afternoon. Although it was thirty yards out, Mullin attempted to strike the ball on target yet could only find the Tranmere kop faithful. The earliest shot on goal came on the stroke of the twenty-second minute, Morris finding the side netting after a beautifully placed pass by Potter. That was the closest Tranmere could get to the net behind Burton goalkeeper, O’Hara, in a half which Burton seemed to grow into, Sarkic forcing Davies into an excellent save around his post on the stroke of half-time. As David Perkins ran towards the Burton goal, Tranmere’s injury list grew. Perkins dropped to the floor with a hamstring issue, which forced the substitution and debut of Neill Danns. Tranmere supporters applauded loudly as David Perkins walked off the pitch as Perkins’ performances has meant he is a pivotal part of the Tranmere team. 

Half time commenced at nil-nil, which was a result more in Burton’s favour as Tranmere has dominated the game with many attempts. Another substitution appeared at half time, loanee Borthwick-Jackson replacing Ray, which seemed to bring Ridehalgh to the left side of the centre backs.

The second half commenced, both sides starting with an urge to attack. 

Burton found themselves on goal first, ex-Tranmere attacker Akins bursting into the box. However, a needed tackle from Borthwick-Jackson stopped the attack from progressing. 

On the stroke of the sixtieth minute, Banks tried to replicate his wonderful midweek volley. However, a shot from longe range could only find the Burton goalkeeper, not the Burton net. 

After a slow passage of play from the Tranmere defenders, Burton found themselves through on goal. However, Borthwick-Jackson brought the Burton attacker to the floor causing another penalty against the wanting of the ‘super whites’. Ex-Tranmere attacker, Akins, placed the ball on the penalty spot in front of the discomforted Tranmere kop stand faithful and sent Davies the wrong way. Ecstatic visiting fans meant Tranmere, the ‘comeback kings’, had to again use their bounce-back-ability to achieve any proud result.

Another sub for Tranmere found Blackett-Taylor replacing Potter as Tranmere needed to possess more fruitful attackers. However, the substitution initially strengthened the Burton attacking mindset. Scott Davies saving, but parrying, a Burton attempt meant he was called into action again when he provided a beautiful save, against Edwards’ follow up, whilst on the floor. 

Tranmere didn’t create much until an unbelievable five minute spell in additional time. Two goals in five minutes brought the hosts in front and sent pandemonium across Prenton Park. 

Banks with another beautiful free kick, beating O’Hara at his bottom corner, brought the hosts level and doubled Banks’ goal tally for the season. Stefan Payne, with another last minute goal, brought the hosts in front after a fantastic cross was sent into Danns’ head which was headed across goal for Payne to meet and become a new fans favourite.

Another resilient performance from the ‘super whites’, added the second set of three points to the league table and showed the team was more than capable of bouncing-back from a poor position. Quest, a television channel that displays football league’s highlights, labelled Tranmere as ‘Comeback kings’ after the fourth come-back in the first two months of the season.

After the game, numerous Tranmere related people took to twitter, to mention the fantastic win through bounce-back-ability. Danns, Banks, Monthe, Davies and the Palios’ all welcomed the proud victory and thanked the Tranmere faithful for supporting them throughout their performance.

During the post match interview, Micky Mellon praised the ‘fantastic crowd’ and praised all Tranmere players who showed ‘battle, guts and determination to win the game when called upon’ after giving away ‘another mad penalty’. Mellon claimed Perkins’ injury will be looked on in the following few days but Danns did a great job of replacing him considering ‘he had no pre-season and no match fitness’.

Tranmere are next in action in East-Anglia on the 28th September as they face legend James Norwood’s side Ipswich Town.

Tranmere Rovers v Burton Albion : Match preview.

Micky Mellon’s men face Burton Albion this coming Saturday, a fixture in which Tranmere will be looking to extend the incredible performance given to draw against ‘The Posh’ midweek. Similar to the Peterborough fixture, Tranmere will need to reach the ‘tempo’ required to compete, as Burton are currently just outside the play offs after winning three of their opening eight league fixtures.

Burton Albion Football Club ‘The Brewers’ play their football at ‘The Pirelli stadium’, a ground in which Tranmere last visited on Boxing Day of 2014. A 2-0 win for the hosts continued Tranmere’s poor form in a season which confirmed their venture into the non-league. This season, Burton Albion have competed ‘on the road’ six times : Winning four times and drawing twice. However, they visited Portsmouth on Tuesday night and a win was turned into a draw during the last minute of additional time as Pitman converted from the penalty spot. Thus, Nigel Clough’s side’s visit to Merseyside will be of tough competition for the rovers. ‘The Brewers’ are without the services of Liam Boyce (hamstring) and Jake Buxton (ribs) but the pair are close to full fitness after making an appearance off the bench in Tuesdays encounter on the south coast to Portsmouth. Tranmere website’s one to watch is Liam Boyce, who is fighting for full fitness, as the striker was brought to the club on a record signing fee from Ross County. The Belfast-Born player began his career at Cliftonville before venturing into Germany to play his football at Werder Bremen. In a league of Rangers and Celtic, Liam Boyce topped the top scorers tally of the SPL in 2017 with 23 goals. Thus, ‘The Brewers’ could certainly benefit from his services. Nigel Clough’s side would also like to pay homage to former player Kelvin Maynard, after he was shot dead in Amsterdam midweek.

Micky Mellon’s men come into this fixture with the hope of continuing their proud performance shown on Tuesday night, at home to ‘The Posh’. Micky Mellon claimed that his side still needed to match the ‘tempo’ needed to compete in this league. However, Tuesday was certainly an improvement from what has been displayed so far. The team will be bolstered by the signing of Neill Danns, from Bury, as Mellon believes his side will certainly benefit from the experienced midfielder. The side will be without the services of Callum Woods (Calf), Kane Wilson (Knee), Morgan Ferrier (Knee), Mark Ellis (Knee), Evan Gumbs (ACL), Ishmael Miller (Hamstring). Also, Jake Caprice continues to be doubtful of a start despite returning to full training. 

Did you know: Both Adam Mcgurk and Lucas Akins have played for Tranmere and Burton. Mcgurk made 79 appearances for Tranmere from 2010-2013 before playing his football at Burton for 2 years. Akins made 77 appearances for Tranmere from 2010-2012 before signing for Burton in 2014.

Expected lineups:

Tranmere – Davies, Ridehalgh, Monthe, Ray, Nelson, Morris, Perkins, Potter, Banks, Mullin, Payne.

Burton – O’Hara, Wallace, Nartey, O’Toole, Brayford, Sbarra, Quinn, Edwards, Sarkic, Broadhead, Akins. 

Tranmere Rovers v Peterborough United : Match Review

Yet again, Micky Mellon’s men shared the points in an empthatic 2-2 draw after being 2-0 down. Scott Davies’ 200th appearance was certainly one to remember for the Tranmere faithful.

After picking up a calf injury in the recent encounter with Oxford United, Woods was replaced by Kieron Morris. Ray replaced Hepburn-Murphy, as Tranmere looked to have a strengthened attack to cope with Peterborough’s attacking threat. Also, Banks replaced struggling Connor Jennings in the centre.

Similar to previous fixtures, Tranmere started very well from the off. Many attempts were sent towards ‘The Posh’ goal, Mullin, Banks and Potter all having shots blocked from in and around the box. This somewhat settled the nerves of the Tranmere faithful, who before the match feared they may have received the same scoreline as Rochdale’s 6-0.

However, Peterborough still found themselves through on goal. A poorly defended pass to Ivan Toney brought Scott Davies racing off his goal-line and diving to the floor to save the attackers attempt.

The game remained end to end. Striker Paul Mullin managing to get in front of the oppositions defence but was stopped with a sublime last ditch tackle. Peterborough also continued to counter attack with pace, Maddison finding Toney who could only find goalkeeper Scott Davies.

Half time came with a justified even scoreline. However, Tranmere supporters were incredibly pleased with their sides performance after having the mainstay of possession. 

The referee comenced the second half and Tranmere kept their attacking urge. The front two of Mullin and Payne provided superb pressing but nothing but a ball clearence came from their efforts.

Tranmere’s defensive mindset switched off as the attacking urge grew. Unfortunately, this only meant Peterborough’s attackers could get themselves through on goal as the ball was cleared from a Tranmere corner finding Eisa who expertly brought the scoreline in favour of the visitors. 

Seconds after the kick off, Scott Davies picked the ball up from his net for the second time. Tranmere’s defence switching off meant Ward could cross to Toney who got in front of Monthe to double the visitors lead.

Tranmere’s mentality was questioned again yet they remained with the urge to attack. Surely a repeat of the previous home fixture wasn’t going to occur.

Morris headed into the keepers arms from a Ridehalgh cross and Ray clipped a wonderful ball to Payne in the box who’s volley could only find Pym, ‘The Posh’ goalkeeper. 

The Tranmere faithful kept their support to the highest levels to create a wonderful expecting atmosphere.

Micky Mellon’s men finally got the better of Pym, Ridehalgh heading into the top corner from a Darren Potter cross. With twenty five minutes remaining on the clock.

The atmosphere was incredible as a repeat of Gillingham became visible. Yet with all of the Peterborough players seeming to be of the need for punishable action for foul play, it was Tranmere manager Micky Mellon who recieved a red card and a seat in the main stand. Although this annoyed him, it would soon come as a favour as he had a wonderful view of the Tranmere performance.

A cross came into the Peterborough box and was headed away to Tranmere midfielder Ollie Banks. Banks decided to replicate his play off semi final home distribution and scored another scorcher. A majestic thirty yard volley into the bottom right corner to send scenes of eruption across Prenton Park and to put the scoreline even. 

Tranmere still performed with an attacking urge as Mullin unleashed a fierce longe range volley into the arms of Pym. However, the greatest attempt on goal without finding the net came in the 90th minute as Rays wonderful towered header sent towards the top corner was unbelievably saved by the Peterborough goalkeeper.

The game fizzled out with the hosts performing better than the visitors but the scoreline remained even in another great game at Prenton Park. Tranmere supporters came home from Prenton park with a great smile, for the second time this season. 

During the post match interview, Mellon stated ‘The Peterborough goals came out of nowhere yet I always believed that if we scored one then another would come as there was so much in the game’. Mellon also stated ‘I can’t apologise for my actions relating to my red card as I did nothing wrong. I just politely and rightfully moved the official from my dugout’. 

Tranmere are next in action on Saturday as they face Burton Albion. 

Tranmere Rovers v Peterborough United : Match preview.

Darren Ferguson’s side are next to compete against Tranmere at Prenton Park, this Tuesday night. Tranmere will be looking to ‘redeem’ themselves after a poor performance at the Kassam Stadium three days earlier. However, it will certainly require full effort as in the visitors (Peterborough United) previous fixture they achieved a comfortable 6-0 win against Rochdale, meaning they will come into the game with full confidence.

Peterborough United Football Club ‘The posh’ play their football at London Road, a ground which Tranmere visited only 2 years ago for an Fa Cup tie which culminated in a 1-1 draw. This season, Peterborough United have won all bar one of their three fixtures ‘on the road’. More importantly for them, their results have shown that they are certainly capable of scoring as they average more than 2 goals a game. Thus, it is clear why they possess two of the leagues current top scores in Ivan Toney and Marcus Maddison. This comes as unfortunate reading for Tranmere, who have conceded 13 league goals so far. Peterborough will be hoping to follow there recent 6-0 demolition of Rochdale with a proud result in Merseyside. ‘The Posh’ are without the services of Blake-Tracy and George Boyd but the pair are close to full fitness. Tranmere have unsurprisingly claimed top scorer, Ivan Toney, to be the visitors ‘one to watch’.

Micky Mellon’s men come into this fixture with the hope of claiming their second win of the season and to show a sign of improvement after the weekends demolition blow in Oxford. However, it will be incredibly tough due to the low self-confidence they posses due to being winless for a month. Micky Mellon’s side will be without Kane Wilson (knee), Morgan Ferrier (knee), Jake Caprice (ankle), Mark Ellis (knee), Evan Gumbs (ACL) and Ishmael Miller (Hamstring). All involved with Tranmere will be hoping for a proud performance and result in Scott Davies 200th appearance for the club whilst using the ‘positivity that a night game can bring’ to spur the team to victory.

Did you know : Tranmere’s last victory against Peterborough came in 2010 when Mendy’s first goal in English football sealed three points for Les Parry’s side at Prenton Park. 

Oxford United v Tranmere Rovers : Match report

Micky Mellon’s side travelled to the Kassam Stadium of Oxford United in the hope of gaining their first three points ‘on the road’ this season. 

Tranmere fielded two changes from their previous fixture, a 2-2 ‘bounce-back’ draw against visitors Gillingham. Woods replaced Ray as Sid Nelson returned to his natural position of centre back and Hepburn-Murphy replaced Morris as Micky Mellon looked to field three ‘out and out’ strikers. 

Similar to the previous fixture, Tranmere started with an attacking threat. Perkins with a blocked shot from 6 yards out after a perfectly timed cross by loanee Hepburn-Murphy. Paul Mullin also had an attempt from the edge of the box but goalkeeper Eastwood kept the ball from the back of the net. 

Oxford Uniteds first chance of the game came midway through the first half when Tranmere conceded their first penalty of the game. Henry slotting past Davies to give the hosts a relatively early lead.

More misfortune for the Rovers was faced on the stroke of the 40th minute as Woods picked up an injury which forced the substitution to bring Borthwick-Jackson into play. 

At the beginning of the second half, Tranmere appeared to have kept their urge to attack. Ridehalgh’s free kick finding Jennings’ head which failed to hit the target. Loanee and substitute Borthwick-Jackson had a further attempt on goal from 25 yards but could only find the car park. That’s a fine!

On the stroke of the 60th minute, Micky Mellon made his second sub of the game. Kieron Morris replacing Stefan Payne. 

Ten minutes later, Davies collected the ball from the back of the net again as the Oxford United faithful were reassured of their first goal of the season. Brannagans shot from 10 yards out deflecting its way into the net.

Micky Mellon made his final substitution of the game as David Perkins was replaced by Ollie Banks. 

The game seemed to be ‘fizzling out’ before the referee pointed to the penalty spot in favour of the hosts, again. Henry got his second goal of the game as he slotted the ball in the opposite direction of Davies.

The final whistle came when the result was 3-0 in favour of the hosts in a fixture that Tranmere Twitter described as a ‘game to forget’. Thus, the 639 Tranmere faithful made another long journey to Prenton Park with a heavy heart.

During the post match interviews Tranmere manager stated that his side still needed to ‘learn and develop’ as they still ‘couldn’t reach the tempo required to achieve any proud result’. 

Tranmere are back in action on Tuesday 17th September against Peterborough United under the lights of Prenton Park.

Tranmere v Gillingham : Match Report

Yet again, Tranmere’s ‘never say die’ attitude was evident in a 2-2 draw with Gillingham. 

The hosts fielded an unchanged side which drew 1-1 in the previous fixture in an away tie at Rotherham. However, the visitors fielded a side of many changes from their football league trophy home defeat to Colchester midweek.

Tranmere started the strongest, with many creative attacks. The earliest strong goal opportunity came when Mullin smashed the ball onto the post in the 6th minute. 

However, the visitors soon found themselves ahead. Davies doing well to keep out an initial attempt from a corner but a further attempt was formed as the ball was dropped to Jakubiak who stood 2 yards from the goal line, who Tranmere’s website claimed as the one to watch.

Soon after, Davies greatly kept the score-line narrow with a double save after Morris loosely passed the ball from the halfway line straight into the attacking path of Mandron.

Tranmere were in the hunt for a goal as they sprayed a few crosses across Gillingham’s defensive box. Unfortunately, the final result was Connor Jennings’ volley which found itself placed ages from the crossbar. The hosts had a further few attempts on goal, yet couldn’t find the back of the net.

As the 35th minute arrived, the visitors found themselves 2-0 ahead. Davies dropping another cross ,from a deep position which looked to be going on target, into the path of Jones who rebounded into the empty net. 

At half time, Kieron Morris and Sid Nelson were replaced by Ollie Banks and Callum Woods as the hosts looked to narrow the scoreline.

Tranmere’s attacking intent grew as they had 4 good attempts on goal in the earlier moments of the second half. The best being Jennings’ one on one attempt which Bonham saved with his feet. 

On the stroke of the 64th minute, Tranmere were awarded a penalty. Paul Mullin struck a penalty into the bottom corner. However, Bonham miraculously saved it. Tranmere’s attacking intent still grew despite the lack of fortune they had previously endured. 

Straight after the penalty miss, Tranmere’s attackers spread the ball around the opponents box. Connor Jennings soon prodded the ball ‘home’ from six yards. Tranmere were looking for a result.

The scoreline was soon even when Paul Mullin hammered the ball into the roof of the net. Emotions were completely different than his penalty miss a few minutes before. Micky Mellon, Tranmere manager, rallied the Kop which had been in support of their players all game. 

The game soon came to the settlement of a 2-2 draw which was an incredible turnaround to the score many had feared at half time.

In his post match interview, Micky Mellon praised his players as they kept the ‘never say die’ attitude used to gain a last minute equalizer in the game before. However, was of the hope that the games would soon be in their favour from the start to finish. Micky Mellon also praised the home faithful who had rallied their players from a 2-0 losing position to a draw.

TRANMERE V GILLINGHAM MATCH PREVIEW

Gillingham are the visitors to Prenton Park this coming Saturday. Tranmere will be looking to add to their proud away performance in which Stefan Payne scored the equaliser in the dying seconds. They will be of the belief that a proud result will be able to achieve as Gillingham haven’t registered a win ‘on the road’ since their visit to Bloomfield road in May. 

Gillingham Football Club ‘The Gills’ play their football at Prestfield which has a capacity of 11,600 and has been the only home venue of the clubs proud history. This season, ‘The Gills’ have not managed to register a win from any fixture ‘on the road’. However, their results this season have showed that they are of great misfortune. Losing their carabao cup place on penalties away at Newport County and conceding two goals in quick succession against Burton. On Tuesday night, Colchester visited the Prestfield stadium in the ‘Leasing.com trophy’. Gillingham were defeated 3-2 yet continued to fight into the final minutes where their attempts to clinch a draw where either blocked or misplaced. Gillingham will be hoping to follow up their home loss to Colchester with a proud result at Prenton Park. Gillingham have provided no team news for Saturdays fixture where Tranmere’s website has claimed the opponents forward , 23 year old Jakubiak, to be the visitors ‘one to watch’.

Tranmere Rovers Football Club ‘The super whites’ come into this fixture following a great performance ‘on the road’ where Stefan Payne clinched an injury time equalizer. Micky Mellon’s side will be hoping to add another home fixture win as in their last home fixture they beat Bolton 5-0 with a very strong performance. The two positives Tranmere can take into the game this Saturday, is that the home support will be ‘bouncing’ due to the new foreign investment announced earlier in the week. Also, Gillingham will be making the mammoth 260 miles trip to Merseyside after the tough midweek encounter with Colchester . Thus, Gillingham’s players shall be of minor fatigue. Ollie Banks will be available for this Saturdays fixture, coming back from a suspension awarded at the memorial stadium. Also, new signing Cameron Borthwick-Jackson will be available to the side after his loan spell at Tranmere was announced mid week. However, Tranmere will be without players : Ferrier (8 weeks with knee injury sustained in training), Blackett Taylor (suspension), Caprice (ankle), Ellis (Knee), Gumbs (ACL), Miller (Hamstring), Kane Wilson (knee).

During the week, Gillingham announced the signing of midfielder Ben Pringle. Last season, Pringle helped Tranmere to achieve promotion during his Loan spell at the club. Thus, Tranmere supporters shall greet Pringle with a warm reception on Saturday as he returns to Prenton Park. 

Predicted line ups:

Gillingham (4/3/3) – Bonham, Fuller, Ehmer, Ogilive, O’Connor, Willock, Byrne, Lee, Pringle, Jakubiak, Hanlan.

Tranmere (5/3/2) – Davies, Borthwick Jackson, Monthe, Ray, Nelson, Morris, Perkins, Potter, Jennings, Mullin, Payne.