TRANMERE V COVENTRY CITY: MATCH REPORT

TRANMERE ROVERS V COVENTRY CITY: MATCH REPORT

It was Mark Robins’ ‘Skyblues’ that we’re the first visitors to Prenton Park of the 2020’s decade. They came into the game in good form, after a 4-1 victory at Adams Park. However, Tranmere were looking to extend their second half performance against Blackpool a few days earlier to gain a good result against Coventry. 

George Ray replaced the injured Manny Monthe, for the hosts. Also, academy graduate Kyle Hayde was named on the bench. Micky Mellon stated the reasons for this later in his post match press conference ‘Manny Monthe had a knee injury’ ‘I picked the eighteen players I had available’.

The visitors opened the scoring with their first chance of the game, in the third minute. ‘SkyBlues’ top goalscorer, Godden, slotting past the loanee goalkeeper Aaron Chapman with a header away from all supposed to marking defenders.

The next chance in the game came for the visitors soon after, Dabo cutting back to Westbrooke who missed the target from inside the box.

Shortly after, at the other end, Guyanese midfielder Neill Danns hit the ball over the cowshed stand in an attempt to slit past the keeper from a long range volley.

Coventry man Shipley slotted past Chapman to double the visitors lead from inside the box.

Connor Jennings opened the scoring for the hosts with an excellent shot to the left of the goalkeeper, lowering a two goal difference to one. This came after a period of dominance for Mellon’s side as Jennings and Perkins crossed the ball into the visitors box but failed to find an attacking head. Forward Blackett-Taylor nearly found the back of the net, twisting and turning the opposite defence before releasing a shot which was blocked.

No further goal-bound action would be seen, in a half that had visibly lacked effort from the Rovers. 

Tranmere started the second half in perfect fashion, Jennings scrambling the ball past the Coventry goalkeeper after Ferrier broke into the box but the ball was cleared away on the line. 

A penalty was awarded to Tranmere shortly after the goal-line clearance, Ray being the man bundled over in the box as a cross was sent in his direction. Ferrier would be the man to take the penalty, he blazed the opportunity over the bar. 

Godden extended the visitors lead, after an opportunity for Tranmere seeing Ferrier’s goal-bound volley being blocked.

This forced Mellon to make the first change of the game, Blackett-Taylor being replaced by Paul Mullin. Unfortunately, this change didn’t have the desired effect as no goal-bound chance was created.

After the fourth official hold the added time board up to award three minutes added time, Coventry were awarded with a penalty as O’Hare was tripped in the box. Godden converted this opportunity to seal his second consecutive hat trick.

Full time : Tranmere 1 Coventry 4

Attendance : 7,828 (1,452 travelling supporters).

TRANMERE V COVENTRY: MATCH PREVIEW.

New decade, new year .. more football. It’s Mark Robins’ ‘Sky Blues’ that are set to face Tranmere this Wednesday, 01/01/20. Robins’ outfit come into the game after a good run of form, beating promotion chasing Wycombe away 4-1 after a victory at St Andrews against Lincoln City. If Tranmere win, apart from it being a great start to year of 2020, they will climb the table to 18th with a game in hand in comparison to the nearby sides. To win, Micky Mellon’s ‘super whites’ will have to carry on the quality and effort shown in the second half of their previous fixture at Prenton Park, in a 2-2 draw with Blackpool. A draw and a win against Blackpool and Coventry in the past few days wouldn’t be a bad run of form for a side that is situated near the relegation zone. 

TEAM NEWS:

Liam Ridehalgh, Kane Wilson and Rushian Hepburn-Murphy are doubtful of a New Year’s Day start, due to recent encounters with injuries.

Scott Davies, Mark Ellis, Ollie Banks, Ishmael Miller, Evan Gumbs, Cameron Borthwick-Jackson all remain on the treatment table.

Jordan Ponticelli, a striker on loan from Coventry, is unavailable due to an agreement in the loanee’s ‘superwhite’ contract.

TEAM PREDICTION:

(4-3-3).

Chapman, Woods, Nelson, Ray, Caprice, Perkins, Danns, Jennings, Blackett-Taylor, Ferrier, Morris.

 ONE TO WATCH:

The Canterbury-born Matt Godden is the visitors ‘one to watch’, as he is back in the team after a recent injury. 

28-year-old Godden turned professional at Scunthorpe and has since represented: Brigg Town, Ilkeston Town, Gainsborough Trinity, Dartford and Tamworth. 

After a loan at Ebbsfleet, he moved to the club permanently in 2014, prior to going onto feature for Stevenage, Peterborough and Coventry. 

MATCH OFFICIALS:

Will Finnie is the man in the middle this Wednesday and will be assisted by Joe Simpson and Peter Gooch.

PAST MEETINGS:

Tranmere have met Coventry on many occasions, the most recent being earlier this season when Blackett-Taylor striked late into the game to salvage three points for the visitors.

Tranmere’s record against the New Year’s Day visitors to Prenton park fares better than the opponents, Won 11, drawn 3, lost 7.

DID YOU KNOW?

Tranmere have beat Coventry on the last three encounters with the ‘sky blues’. 

Tranmere Rovers v Blackpool : Match preview.

SETTING THE SCENE:

Simon Grayson’s play off chasing Seasiders are the final ‘superwhites’ opposition for 2019, as Blackpool face Tranmere this Sunday (29/12/19).

Micky Mellon will be looking to show his former employees what they’re missing as his Merseyside outfit aim to get back to winning ways after a Boxing Day defeat at Burton. Blackpool also lost on Boxing Day,  Accrington Stanley picking up all three points at Bloomfield Road. 

SETTING THE TEAM:

This weekends fixture sees a return to action for Corey Blackett-Taylor, as the forward comes back from suspension.

Scott Davies, Ellis Gumbs, Mark Ellis, Ishmael Miller, Harvey Gilmour and Ollie Banks all remain out and on the treatment table.

Kane Wilson and Cameron Borthwick-Jackson are also doubtful.

TEAM PREDICTION:

4-3-3 (left side to right)

Aaron Chapman, Liam Ridehalgh, Manny Monthe, Sid Nelson, Jake Caprice, David Perkins, Neill Danns, Connor Jennings, Corey-Blackett-Taylor, Morgan Ferrier, Kieron Morris.

ONE TO WATCH, WE’VE SAW HIM BEFORE: 

Former Tranmere forward Armand Gnanduillet is the visitors leading goalscorer after a prolific start to the campaign.

Clubs he has played for: Le Havre, Poissy, Chesterfield, Tranmere (2 goals in 4 games according to Wikipedia in the 2014 campaign), Oxford United, Stevenage, Leyton Orient, Baroka and Blackpool.

The 27-year-old Frenchman helped Blackpool clinch promotion from Sky Bet League 2 in May 2017, through the play offs. So far this season, he has scored 13 times for Blackpool. 

MATCH OFFICIALS:

Tom Nield is the man in black this Sunday afternoon. This season, he has officiated 17 matches awarding 51 yellow cards and 2 red. Tom Nield officiated the home goalscoring encounter with Peterborough United, earlier this season.

 Nield will be assisted by Steven Rushton and Anthony Moore. 

PAST MEETINGS:

Tranmere have a successful record against Blackpool : winning 20, drawing 6 and losing 10. Both clubs first met on Boxing Day 1978 but haven’t played each other since the 2006/07 campaign.

DID YOU KNOW?

Tranmere’s veteran midfielder, Neill Danns, won promotion with Blackpool in 2017 in a loan spell away from Bury with former Rovers striker Gnanduillet. 

Burton Albion v Tranmere Rovers : Match preview

BURTON ALBION V TRANMERE ROVERS 26/12/19

SETTING THE SCENE:

Christmas time is about love and festivities, all this is forgotten when boxing day comes and football fixtures are played. This year, Micky Mellon’s ‘superwhites’ travel to the Pirelli Stadium to face Nigel Clough’s Burton. The ‘Brewers’ are six places and seven points above their visitors. However, a win for Tranmere could take them three places higher with a game in hand over currently 17th placed Accrington Stanley. Thus, a Boxing Day cracker is set to unfold in Staffordshire.

SETTING THE TEAM:

Micky Mellon is without the services of the suspended former Aston Villa forward Corey Blackett-Taylor whilst Scott Davies, Mark Ellis, Evan Gumbs, Ishmael Miller, Harvey Gilmour, Ollie Banks all remain unavailable. Kane Wilson and Cameron Borthwick-Jackson are all doubts due to recently picked up injuries. 

ONE TO WATCH:

The ‘Brewers’ one to watch is their leading goal scorer, Liam Boyce. 

28-year-Old forward Boyce has previously been on the books of: Cliftonville (69 goals In 137 games – he has had two 2-year spells at the Northern Irish side) , Werder Bremen (second outfit) and Ross county where he scored 48 goals in 99 games. 

During his time at the ‘Staggies’, Boyce was named the Scottish premiership top scorer in the 2016/17 season as he scored 23 goals. 

Belfast-Born Boyce signed for Burton in the June of 2017, for Burton’s club record signing fee. He has so far scored ten goals this season.

OFFICIALS:

Ollie Yates is the man in the middle for the Boxing Day encounter. So far this season, the Staffordshire-residing referee, has awarded 56 yellow cards and 4 red cards in 18 games. 

The man in black will be assisted by Matthew Smith and Richard Bartlett.

PAST MEETINGS:

According to ‘11v11.com’ Tranmere have met Burton on three occasions, twice losing against their opponents and beating their opponent once.

The victory against the ‘Brewers’ came earlier in the season, when Ollie Banks and Stefan Payne netted in injury time to turn a 1-0 defeat into a 2-1 win. Former Tranmere forward Lucas Akins netted for the visitors. 

DID YOU KNOW?

Tranmere have won their past four Boxing Day fixtures, the game before that being a defeat at the Pirreli Stadium in the season the ‘superwhites’ was relegated to the national league for the first time.

If Tranmere win, it will be the club’s first league double (beating the same club twice in the league) of the 19/20 campaign. 

Lincoln City v Tranmere Rovers: Match preview

LINCOLN CITY V TRANMERE ROVERS : MATCH PREVIEW

This Saturday (14/12/19), Micky Mellon’s ‘superwhites’ travel to Lincolnshire. They do this with the hope of ‘picking up’ 3 points, for the first time since the 2nd of November when Rushian Hepburn-Murphy’s hat trick sealed the win in Milton Keynes. Standing in their way are Micheal Appleton’s ‘Imps’ who are four points and four places above Tranmere in the third-tier. 

Team news:

Tranmere travel to the east without the services of Scott Davies, after the goalkeeping captain picked up a calf injury in the recent Prenton Park encounter with Accrington Stanley. Also: Mark Ellis, Evan Gumbs, Ishmael Miller, Harvey Gilmour and Ollie Banks all remain on the treatment table. Tranmere striker Morgan Ferrier is a doubt due to, what seems to be, personal troubles. Loanee full-back, Cameron Borthwick-Jackson is Back at his parent club as he receives treatment for a hip injury. 

One to watch:

‘Imps’ forward Tyler Walker is the hosts current top scorer, as he has bagged seven league one goals so far. The 23 year old forward is currently on loan, from championship outfit Nottingham Forest after coming through ‘The reds’’ youth system. Walker has previously been loaned out to: Burton Albion, Stevenage, Port Vale, Bolton Wanderers and Mansfield Town. 

 Match officials:

Carl Boyeson is the ‘man in black’ this Saturday. The official from East Yorkshire, has officiated 13 games this season in matches ranging from league one and two and the three different football league competitions. He has, so far, awarded 34 yellow cards and 2 red cards (no straight red cards).

Carl will be assisted by David Avent and Andrew Dallison.

The fourth official for this Saturday’s visit to Lincolnshire will be Hristo Karaivanov.

Past meetings:

Tranmere’s first meeting with Lincoln City came in 1922. In total the two clubs have met 71 times: Tranmere winning 26, Lincoln winning 25 and 20 encounters ending with a draw. 

Did you know?

The ‘superwhites’ most recent football league victory, when Lincoln City hosted the game, came in the late November of 1964. 

Tranmere Rovers v Chichester City : FA Cup Round 2

Tranmere Rovers, will face Chichester City this Sunday (01/12/19) in the second round of this seasons FA Cup.

Who are Chichester City?

Chichester City Football Club, the ‘Lillywhites’ of the Isthmian League South East Division, travel to Merseyside this Sunday. This is the furthest round of the FA Cup that the West Sussex club have ever competed in. Thus, it’s set to be a great tie showcased on BT Sports. 

The second round cup draw was made before Tranmere Rovers travelled to Adams Park, of Wycombe Wanderers, for the first round replay. Thus, Miles Rutherford and his side were unsure of where their FA Cup journey would take them next. However, when Tranmere forward Kieron Morris broke the hearts of the Adams Park faithful it became clear that Chichester would travel further than they have before for a league fixture.

To make the difference of Tranmere Rovers and Chichester City a slight more evident : Prenton Park has a capacity of more than 7 times Oakland’s Park, Four leagues separate the two sides (Five last season) and Tranmere’s history stretches more than 100 years past the opposition. 

Due to Bury’s demise bringing their expulsion out of the football league, they were withdrawn from the FA Cup. This meant that one football club had the opportunity of a bye to the second round, this club was this Sunday’s visitors to Micky Mellon’s Tranmere. Seeing the funny side of their bye and the difference between the ‘super whites’ and themselves, as soon as the replay at Adams Park finished they tweeted ‘Tranmere, good luck in the third round’. This shows that no-one, even themselves, believe that they can produce a cup upset this Sunday. However, this is the basis for a perfect cup upset that the famous cup competition has brought to football fans many times before. Who expected John Aldridge’s Tranmere side to beat Walter Smith’s ‘blues’ at Goodison Park in 2001?

It is only fair to credit the effort the coaches and squad have displayed in order to ‘go’ this far. Their FA Cup run started many months before Tranmere’s, with a 7-2 away win in the Preliminary round against Bridon Ropes. Aswell as past league successes, winning the Southern Combination Premier division last season. This shows that Chichester won’t come to Prenton Park and treat it as a ‘day out’, they will travel up north in the hope of presenting themselves in a great light against a football league opposition. Maybe their efforts in the Wirral Peninsula will be rewarded with a place in the third round, this will mean that premier league opposition may be found at Oakland’s park! An added pressure for the Southern ‘Lillywhites’, a team of semi professional footballers .. imagine Harry Kane against a team of plumbers?

Micky Mellon, Tranmere manager, knows all about his lower league opposition and in a recent press conference told the Tranmere Website ‘We know it’s going to be tough. We want to do well in the FA Cup so the value of the tie is huge to us, being on TV and all that goes with that, and being at Tranmere, you have to win games. We are looking forward to the game and we know what a big challenge it will be. They don’t come from the level that we play at, but we have still done our due diligence and professionalism on them. We know what we need to know, and we know that we’ll have to play well to beat them”. The prize is massive for both clubs and we respect that. We have to go out there and perform well and we are desperate to get to the next round.

“There is a massive incentive for both. We will need to take care of the business but I’m sure Chichester are going to come up here and give it everything that they have got so we’re going to have to perform. 

The ‘superwhites’ head into this cup tie after a run of mixed results, losing and beating Gareth Ainsworth’s Wycombe side and losing against Joey Barton’s Fleetwood Town. Thus, Mellon will be hoping that this side will bring a slight progression in respect of quality shown and the start of a more positive run of results. 

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Mark Ellis, Evan Gumbs, Ishmael Miller, Ollie Banks and Jordan Ponticelli will miss the tie as they remained sidelined with injury. Kane Wilson will also miss the tie, through suspension, as he picked up a red card in the first round replay for a challenged that was deemed to be late. However, on a more positive note, Liam Ridehalgh and Neill Danns could both make a return following on from recent injuries. 

Chicester City, who Tranmere will play for the first time in their 135 year history, are the lowest ranked team that remain in this seasons FA Cup.

30 YEARS, NO JUSTICE

STILL NO JUSTICE:

David Duckenfield has been found ‘not guilty’ of manslaughter, in a court case at Preston crown court, claiming the lives of 96 football loving souls. The jury’s verdict was labelled a ‘disgrace’ by Margaret Aspinall who lost her 18 year old son James, in the family’s press conference with the media, this mirrored the thoughts of millions worldwide.

Mr Duckenfield was the chosen match commander of the 1989 FA Cup semi final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest. His failure on the day of the match caused the death of 96 people, with his inability to control over-crowding outside of the terraces due to the little amount of available entrance turnstiles. The crush, which resulted in 96 fatalities and 766 injuries, remains the worst disaster in British sporting history (the biggest number of fatalities and injuries). The crush occurred in the Leppings Lane Stand, which was allocated for Liverpool supporters. Shortly before kick-off, in an attempt to ease over-crowding outside of the Hillsborough stadium, David Duckenfield ordered exit Gate C to be opened. This lead to an influx of even more supporters to the ‘pens’. Although Mr Duckenfield admitted to the jury, in a previous Hillsborough related court case, that he was probably not the best man for the match commander role. His actions on the day and what followed, are completely inexcusable as he ‘fed’ lies to the media to place the blame onto the Liverpool supporters instead of himself. Mr Duckenfield: was unaware of the crowd capacity at Hillsborough set out in a safety certificate, failed to order his police to monitor the ‘pens’ in which held the supporters and was unseen, by his police, before the match commenced. Thus, it’s clear that David Duckenfield’s failure to prepare for the FA cup semi final of 1989 claimed many lives. Isn’t this manslaughter?. What happened after the tragic day is still to the disturbance of many, Mr Duckenfield ‘fed’ lies to the media in an attempt to place blame onto the bereaved families instead of himself. ‘The Sun’, a few days after the tragic events unfolded, reported the ‘truth’ to David Duckenfield’s pleasure. The sun’s newspaper front-page headline stated : ‘THE TRUTH, some fans picked pockets of victims, some fans urinated on the brave cops, some fans beat up PC who was giving kiss of life’. In the 2016 BBC Hillsborough documentary, policemen explain their displeasure and embarrassment about the force fed lies and state their happiness of the newly found truth. It has also recently became factually evident that Mr Duckenfield told his policemen to not write anything about the day into their log books, immediately after the event. Why would the match commander tell his body of police to do this if he wasn’t being honest about the event?. Sheffield’s head of police completely disagreed with this commanded order and told them to do the opposite ‘note down everything you have done today, even the time you went to the toilet!’. Liverpool fans were deemed ‘not guilty’ for the lives of 96 people, after an extremely long wait, this disproved the sun’s front-page headlines and Mr Duckenfield’s source of comfort. However, if Liverpool fans aren’t guilty then surely David Duckenfield is. 

MY OPINION: 

My honest opinion is that the Judge shown sympathy to Mr Duckenfield throughout the court case, to finally be pleased with the verdict of ‘not guilty’. I believe this as the Judge has stated David Duckenfield to be a ‘poor man’, thus showing a sympathetic attitude. I also believe that if Liverpool supporters had shown the same actions towards 96 policemen that the verdict would be ‘guilty’, this proves my belief of the country’s establishment defending the upper class instead of the working class, which is still evident today in a Conservative government run society.

Wycombe Wanderers v Tranmere Rovers : FA Cup first round.

Micky Mellon’s ‘super whites’ are into the second round of the FA Cup after a wonderful closely contested display against Gareth Ainsworth’s ‘Chairboys’, with the use of extra time. 

Similar to many previous fixtures this season, Tranmere started with an attacking intent. Kieron Morris delivering a free kick into the box, a few minutes into the tie. However, the free kick could only find the head of a Wycombe defender. Conor Jennings was the next Tranmere forward to create a goal-bound attempt, the forwards cross was met by the head of striker Stefan Payne but the ball was cleared away from danger.

Although the visitors started with the better attacking attempts, it was the hosts that came closest to opening the scoring. Veteran striker Adebayo Akinfenwa’s header from outside the six yard box landing inches past Scott Davies’ post.

It was a cagey start to the game, with both sides performing with an intent to attack. Wycombe’s forwards delivering a series of crosses into the Tranmere box, centre half George Ray clearing the last cross for a corner. Again, Wycombe came the closest to opening the scoring as forward Scott Kashket curled a shot agonisingly wide of Davies’ right hand post from the edge of the box.

A short period of time later, Akinfenwa rose to meet the ball in the air. The downward header was comfortably gathered by the Tranmere goalkeeper.

Although the Buckinghamshire side had already came close twice to opening the scoreline, Ainsworth’s forward Jack Grimmer was awarded with the best chance of the game so far. This came after the Scotsman ghosted into the six yard box but he was unable to fire into the Tranmere net.

On the stroke of half time, Tranmere’s poor disciplinary record was shown again as loanee full-back Kane Wilson was awarded with a red card after a late tackle.

Straight after, Gareth Ainsworth’s ‘Chairboys’ found themselves ahead as Anthony Stewart fired past Davies from inside the box.

At the break, Ray was replaced for Cameron Borthwick-Jackson as Mellon was in the need for an attacking full-back to replace the sent off Wilson. 

The hosts came agonisingly close to doubling the scoreline, Giles Phillips shot rebounding off the bar from the edge of the area.

With some fortune, Morgan Ferrier fired past Wycombe goalkeeper Ryan Allsop to level the scoreline. The clinical forward getting in behind the Wycombe defence and smashing into the roof of the net.

The hosts created many chances throughout the 60th to 70th minutes, Paul Smyth heading over the bar from a few yards out for Wycombe before firing past Davies from a rebound  to put the hosts in front … fortunately for the visitors the move was ruled out for offside. Forward Kashket again came close to firing past Davies yet the goalkeeper managed to deny the ball access from the net with a great save, before palming the ball out and away from danger. 

Tranmere’s poor disciplinary record was added to again when defender Manny Monthe was booked for a lunging tackle.

Micky Mellon used his second substitution to replace Payne for loanee striker Rushian Hepburn-Murphy as greater energy was needed to get past the Wycombe defence, midway through the second half.

The Buckinghamshire outfit came close to firing past Davies again, the visiting captain pulling off a brilliant save from Alex Pattisons fierce shot after playing a short corner.

Tranmere’s final substitution of the game came when goal-scoring Ferrier was replaced by pacey winger Corey Blackett-Taylor.

After the full course of ninety minutes, extra time was needed to separate both sides. 

After the starting whistle to extra time, Tranmere’s defence faced a spell of pressure. However, nothing came of it and substituted forward Blackett-Taylor did well to carry the ball forward and away from danger. Blackett-Taylor managed to do well again when he found space inside the box and forced ‘Chairboys’ goalkeeper  Allsop into a save.

The Tranmere goalkeeper, Scott Davies, managed to keep the visitors in the tie with three wonderful saves through the latter stage of the first half of extra time. An excellent save down to his right, an excellent save from Josh Parker’s powerful header before a wonderful flying save from the forwards free kick. 

Against the run of play, Kieron Morris sent the away stand that held 200 visiting supporters into a state of pandemonium. The forward beating Allsop from the edge of the box, his third FA Cup goal of the season setting up a second round home tie with Non-league Chichester City. 

Full time – Wycombe Wanderers 1 Tranmere Rovers 2

Teams : 

Wycombe Wanderers – Allsop, Mascoll,  Phillips, Stewart, Grimmer, Freeman, Gape, Thompson, Kashket, Akinfenwa, Smyth.

Used substitutions – Wheeler, Pattison, Samuel, Parker (accesing the fourth allowed substitution in extra time).

Tranmere Rovers – Davies, Wilson, Monthe, Nelson, Ray, Caprice, Potter, Jennings, Morris, Payne, Ferrier. 

Used substitutions – Hepburn-Murphy, Blackett-Taylor, Borthwick-Jackson. 

Wycombe Wanderers v Tranmere Rovers : The final part of the November trilogy

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.

Team news:

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. 

Past meetings:

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. 

Tranmere Rovers v Wycombe Wanderers : FA Cup 1st Round

Tranmere faced Gareth Ainsworth’s Wycombe Wanderers in the first round of the FA Cup, at Prenton Park (9/11/19). Micky Mellon’s side came into the game with the hope of emulating their previous FA Cup run, which ended in a 7-0 defeat at a packed home ground to Champions league finalists Tottenham.

The team fielded by Mellon was the side that beat MK 3-1 the previous weekend, with a Rushian Hepburn-Murphy hat trick.

Before all FA Cup games on Saturday there was a minutes silence, to pay respect to soldiers who fought for our freedom in the two world wars. The minutes silence at Prenton Park was beautifully respected by all.

Tranmere started on the front-foot with great lightening attacking play, this resulted in a shot onto the post by right/winger Kieron Morris.

‘GOALLLL!!!’

Minutes after Morris struck the post, he placed the ball into the back of the net. The winger driving a low powerful shot into the bottom corner.

Throughout the next twenty minutes, Tranmere were the side showing more promise for the second goal of the game. Unfortunately, the best effort by the ‘super whites’ landed wide of the post as Connor Jennings attempted to find the top corner. 

After a high attacking cross by Wycombe, Tranmere goalkeeper Scott Davies punched the ball into a dangerous position. This resulted in a free kick, on the edge of the box. Wycombe managed to level the scoreline from the free kick, Jacobson curling the ball into the top right corner.

There was no further on target attempts from both sides. However, Mellon’s side had the majority of possession. The attempt that looked to have the most danger to either goalkeeper came from Tranmere and Guyana midfielder Neill Danns but even he failed to trouble the goalkeeper from a 25 yard shot. 

Wycombe opened the second-half scoring, Samuel firing into the bottom corner after the Tranmere defence failed to clear from a corner. 

‘GOALLL!!!’

After attacking play from Wycombe’s Aarons, the ball found itself in the direction of an opposite attack. Full back Wilson running with intent from the left, setting the ball up to Morris who fired the ball into the bottom corner of the net. 

The goal was quickly followed by two substitutions, Hepburn-Murphy and Jake Caprice sent to the bench as Morgan Ferrier and Blackett-Taylor took their places on the pitch. Mellon’s aim was clear, to win the game so a replay down south wasn’t needed. 

The substitutions were followed by a short period of Tranmere shots and crosses, all of which were unfortunately cleared away from the Wycombe goal area. 

Tranmere full back, Wilson, came incredibly close to firing the ‘super whites’ in front as he curled a shot with the outside of his foot which whistled past the post. 

Wycombe were also incredibly close to getting themselves in front, Davies tipping over excellently to deny the Wycombe forward from six yards out. 

There was no further action from an incredibly well fought entertaining draw at Prenton Park. Thus, there will be a replay at Adams Park on Wednesday 20th November.

Full time : 2-2.

Attendance: 3,849 (258 travelling supporters).