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Tranmere Rovers Match Preview

4 October 2019

Marcus Braddock looks ahead to the weekend's trip to Prenton Park

This weekend we travel north to face Micky Mellons Tranmere Rovers in Skybet League One. Most of us should remember Micky from his successful spell in charge at Montgomery Waters Meadow, he and his team are the reason we are in this division and I shall always be grateful to him for that. He's got a couple of our ex-players with Mark Ellis joining in July 2018 and Stefan Payne joining this season. Payne is Tranmere's top scorer so far, with four goals in nine games, including two in his last two appearances. Rovers' other goalscorers are Oliver Banks with three goals from midfield and striker Connor Jenkins who's also scored three times. Tranmere have two players at the top of their assists table with ex-Walsall midfielder Kieron Morris and Cameroonian defender Emmanuel Monthe both creating three goals each.

Rovers have been pretty good at home this season, losing once and beating both Bolton and Burton at Prenton Park. They've also held Peterborough and high flying Gillingham at home so we could be in for a tough game. Their away form hasn't been so great with just one draw and two goals all season. But it's the home form that we're concerned with this weekend and with Rovers scoring at least twice in each of their league games at home this season, we're going to have to concentrate. If their form continues, we'll either have to stop them scoring or score three times to get anything from the game. I'm not sure which of those options, if any, will do the job but they've only kept the one clean sheet at home and that was in their 5-0 against Bolton. Those five goals have swollen their goals scored to a healthy-looking thirteen. That gives them a decent +5 goal difference but even if they'd beaten Bolton 1-0, they would still have a positive home goal difference which seems uncommon for a team close to the bottom of the division.

Referee

Craig Hicks from Surrey. Games this season: 9. Yellow Cards:28. Red cards: 3.

Pre-Match Press

Micky Mellon has been very complimentary in the run-up to the game but has also warned that sentiment will go out of the window for the duration of the game.

Sam Ricketts emphasized the need to put our chances away and also talked about Tranmere's decent home form.

Squad News

Ethan Ebanks-Landell will be unavailable after his hamstring injury, Fejiri Okenabirhie will be available having restarted training.

Summary

Despite their good home form, I think we can get a result this weekend if we take the chances we create, particularly if we can get an early goal. There should be a decent away attendance with Tranmere being one of the closer away-days for us. This game has a little bit of added spice of Micky Mellon welcoming his old club to his current one and we also have Ollie Norburn's return to Tranmere. I'd expect Micky to send out a team that's going to push us all the way but I also expect Ollie to put in a particularly good shift. After last weekend's defeat, I'm hoping for a reaction from the team, they showed their attacking prowess in the first half-hour but need to guard against lapses in concentration. If we can do that, we should be happy with the result.

COYB!!!

Marcus Braddock

 

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Match Reports

Tranmere Rovers 0 Shrewsbury Town 1

5 October 2019

Town take the 3 points thanks to a Pierre goal against 10 men Tranmere Rovers

Tranmere Rovers – 1 Scott Davies ©, 3 Liam Ridehalgh, 6 Manny Monthe, 7 Kieron Morris (OFF 79), 8 Darren Potter (OFF 59), 9 Paul Mullin, 11 Connor Jennings, 14 Jake Caprice, 28 Ollie Banks (OFF 74), 35 Neil Danns, 45 Stefan Payne. SUBS – 25 Luke Pilling, 18 Rushian Hepburn-Murphy (ON 79), 19 Jordan Ponticelli, 20 Harvey Gilmour (ON 59), 23 Corey Blackett-Taylor (ON 74), 29 Danny Walker-Rice, 33 Cameron Borthwick-Jackson

Shrewsbury Town – 25 Max O'Leary, 2 Aaron Pierre, 5 Ro-Shaun Williams, 6 Omar Beckles, 8 Ollie Norburn © (OFF 90+1), 9 Callum Lang (OFF 70), 11 Ryan Giles, 17 Donald Love, 22 Sean Goss, 23 Daniel Udoh (OFF 82), 28 Josh Laurent. SUBS – 1 Joe Murphy, 4 Dave Edwards, 7 Shaun Whalley, 10 Fejiri Okenabirhie (ON 70), 15 Brad Walker (ON 90+1), 21 Louis Thompson (ON 82), 35 Jason Cummings

Referee – Craig Hicks
Assistant Referees – Joe Simpson and Peter Gooch
Fourth Official – Billy Smallwood

Attendance: 7,314 (948 Town fans)

Aaron Pierre comes in for injured Ethan Ebanks-Landell while Dan Udoh starts over Jason Cummings. However, Town are unchanged from last week's game against Fleetwood. Ollie Norburn played against his former club.

An excellent strike from Aaron Pierre that took a touch from Callum Lang on the line saw Town a goal up as they went in for half-time. The first half ended with some late drama as Tranmere saw themselves go down to 10 men for the remaining 45 minutes as Connor Jennings was shown a second yellow for a challenge on Dan Udoh.

Within the first five minutes, Ryan Giles forced a Tranmere corner after blocking a cross from deep on the right. Ollie Banks found Liam Ridehalgh at the back-post, but the ball sailed wide of Max O'Leary's goal. Another corner awarded and this time it found Omar Beckles who headed clear. Another Tranmere corner found themselves in trouble as Callum Lang was fouled on O'Leary's by-line.

Town found themselves pressing high and causing trouble to win back possession. Laurent, Lang and Udoh surrounded Manny Monthe in order to pinch the ball back from him. Laurent produced a great curling cross into Lang, but Tranmere managed to clear the ball for a Town corner. Up stepped Sean Goss, he crossed a fantastic ball in and Udoh attempted to bring it down with his back towards goal, however, the ball was just too wide for his stretch. Tranmere broke from the corner and played the ball into Jennings who shot with his back towards goal forcing O'Leary to produce a great save.

A great effort came from Donald Love down the right after finding Captain Norburn in the middle. Norburn produced a long ball over to Giles on the left and Giles crossed in the ball, landing on Lang's head perfectly but Lang just couldn't convert it into Davies' goal.

Town created many chances within the first half and were unfortunate not to put any away. Another great opportunity from Norburn as he ran at Tranmere's backline and sweetly struck a shot at Davies. Davies spilled the ball which allowed Lang to pounce, but Davies managed to pull off a double save and deny both, Lang and Norburn.

Jennings received his first yellow card just shy of the 20-minute mark after a horrendous challenge on Love down the right, right outside of Town's dugout.

Minutes later, Town's well-worked play turned into a fantastic goal. A long ball was delivered into Tranmere's box, and Pierre held his ground, bought the ball down, took a touch and fired a shot towards the back post. It looked like Lang got the last touch before it was in the back of Davies' net.

Tranmere had their chances too within the first half, forcing O'Leary to make a second save of the game. Tranmere broke after Davies produced a long ball forward, striker Stefan Payne controlled the ball on the edge of the box and hit a shot with his back towards goal forcing O'Leary to produce another fantastic save.

Captain fantastic Norburn played a class ball out to Love on the right-wing, Love hit a cross towards Lang that looked to be landing perfectly on his head, but Davies was quick off his line in order to collect the ball.

Three minutes were added on in the first half which saw late drama as Jennings received his second yellow card after a naughty challenge on Udoh. Tranmere played the second 45 minutes with only ten men.

Half-time: Tranmere 0 – 1 Shrewsbury

Town came out in the second half, fierce and full of energy in order to double the scoreline. Laurent had a great shot after being in acres of space, but his shot was well over Davies' bar.

Great play was produced from Town as Norburn played into Giles, Giles played back to Norburn and Norburn played through Udoh. Udoh shot, and it was blocked. Town managed to win the ball back in the middle of the park. Giles, with the ball down the middle, had Lang to his right and Udoh to his left, Giles took it himself and fired over Davies' bar.

Town were onto during the second half. Creating good chances and many good phases of play. Town kept possession, switched play when they needed too and overall, frustrated Tranmere.

Love had a cross blocked that forced another Town corner in the game. Goss crossed the ball in, it landed with Pierre at the back post and Pierre miss-kicked the first chance. His second chance was cleared off the line by Tranmere bodies. Pierre was so unlucky not to double the scoreline.

Minutes later, Lang had the confidence to smash a shot from 40-yards-out as he watched his shot sail inches wide of Davies' top right-hand corner. Lang left Davies for dead as he was unlucky not to have buried it.

Town's first substitute of the game came in the 70th minute as Fejiri Okenabirhie replaced Lang. Fey returns to Town's bench after a few weeks out on the sidelines due to injury.

Giles forced Jake Caprice into conceding another corner for Town. Goss's corner fell sweetly for Omar Beckles who struck a volley towards Davies' front post, but Davies got there to deny Beckles what would have been a brilliant goal.

A quick-thinking free-kick from Norburn found Love in acres of space down the right-wing, Love put in a low, hard-driven cross that found Norburn. Norburn connected well with the cross and ended up striking the ball at the post. Norburn was unlucky to not double Town's lead.

Fey came on and created all kinds of trouble for Tranmere's defence and defensive midfield. Fey chased down long balls and linked up well Udoh for the time that they spent together on the pitch.

With just under 10 minutes of play remaining, Sam made his second change of the game. Louis Thompson replaced Dan Udoh. Thompson had a great chance after a well-worked cross came floating in, Thompson just couldn't get the right connection on the ball, and it went wide of Davies' net.

Sam made his third and final change shortly after the fourth official put up extra time. Brad Walker replaced captain Norburn. Walker's first touch saw him give away a Tranmere free kick in a dangerous area. Caprice's effort was well over O'Leary's bar.

Tranmere weren't giving up easily. A great last-ditch save by O'Leary to deny Neil Danns a late equaliser after he got down low to his right to stop it and quickly pounced on the ball afterwards.

Full-time: Tranmere 0 – 1 Shrewsbury

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Ticket News

Tranmere Rovers Ticket Details

2 October 2019

Ticket details for our Sky Bet League One trip to Prenton Park

Tranmere Rovers v Shrewsbury Town
Saturday 5th October - 3 pm kick-off
Prenton Park
Sky Bet League One

Tickets are now on sale for our Sky Bet League One trip to Prenton Park

We have been allocated an initial 650 tickets for the game with Town supporters housed in the Cowshed Stand.

Prices:

Adults (23-64) - £19
Senior (65+) - £12
Young Persons (18-22) - £12
Disabled - £12
Under 18 - £6
Under 12 Accompanied - £2

Tickets go off sale on Friday 4th October at 4:30 pm, after that it is pay on the day but with a price increase.

The disabled concession is based on middle or high care component or PIP letter. Tickets are based on the disabled price, however, if you are under 18/under 12 you will be charged at this age category. All disabled tickets come with a free carer.

Wheelchair bays have to be purchased from Tranmere on 0151 609 3328 as these are in the separate stand to the away supporters (in the Bebington Paddock/Guest seating).

Parking is available costing £5, and can be purchased online and are also available on a first come first served basis (including disabled bays), on the day of the game.

The residential area surrounding Prenton Park is all permit holders parking and they are very vigilant on match days, Town fans are advised not to risk parking here as you will more than likely receive a parking fine.

There is a £3 price increase on the day (except under 12s) on the day of the match. Tickets can be purchased in-store or supporters can pay cash on the turnstile. (This increase does not apply to online sales). Tranmere do recommend paying cash on the turnstiles on the day.

Checks will be in place on the day of the game and anybody who has purchased age-related tickets will be asked for proof when entering the ground. Failure to do so will result in a full adult price being charged.

Tickets can be purchased in the following ways: 

•    In-person at the Montgomery Waters Meadow ticket office 
•    By calling 01743 273943 
•    Via our online ticketing site - click here

Away tickets are set up online with the following delivery options:

Standard post 
Special delivery
Collect from Shrewsbury Town - Free

Any tickets for away games not collected will be taken to the away game on the day.

If you can't make it to the game you can listen to full match commentary, or watch the game if you are an International fan, on IFollow Shrews or download the app here to listen if you are out and about - IFollow App.

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