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Match preview - Tranmere (A)

14 August 2023

After falling to a first defeat of the season on Saturday at home to Forest Green Rovers, Town head off on the road tomorrow evening to face Tranmere Rovers.

They do so hoping to come back with all three points from Prenton Park for the first time since gaining promotion to the EFL.

Our opponents

Rovers finished in the middle of the pack last season, their 58 points seeing them end the campaign in 12th place.

They have started 2023/24 with a pair of league defeats, to Barrow and most recently MK Dons, defeated 1-0 this past weekend. They did though progress in the Carabao Cup, like Town seeing off League One opposition in Barnsley.

Previous meetings

The two sides played out a pair of 1-1 draws last season. In late October at The Envirovent Stadium Matty Daly put Town ahead in the first half before Jordan Turnbull equalised just before the hour mark.

In the reverse fixture Town again took the lead, thanks to Luke Armstrong in the opening minutes, but a Mark Oxley own goal levelled things up just before half-time.

In 2021/22 at Prenton Park Town fall to a 2-0 defeat with second half goals from Lewis Warrington and Kane Hemmings proving the difference. And in 2020/21 despite taking the lead through Josh McPake Rovers ran out 3-2 winners thanks to goals in quick succession from James Vaughan and Kayne Woolery early in the second half.

Town have had cup success though in this fixture, triumphing in both the Papa Johns Trophy and Carabao Cup.

The man in charge

Ian Dawes is in the dugout for Rovers this season on a permanent basis, having been appointed as caretaker boss towards the end of last season following the departure of Mickey Mellon.

Dawes had previously operated in a similar capacity both after the departures of Mike Jackson and Keith Hill, having been on the coaching staff since 2020, even earning a manager of the month award in November 2020 after going unbeaten whilst in temporary charge.

Ones to watch

Rovers added plenty of firepower over the summer, bringing in Kristian Dennis from Carlisle, Luke Norris from Stevenage and Connor Jennings from Hartlepool in a bid to improve their scoring record from last season. Harvey Saunders also provides options having joined from Bristol Rovers in January.

Keeper Luke McGhee and midfielder Regan Hendry both arrived North from Forest Green Rovers. Experienced defender Jordan Turnbull knows the division well from his time at Salford City whilst youngster Jake Leake arrived on loan from Hull City.


Although in the shadow of more illustrious near neighbours, Rovers have had plenty to shout about during their existence.

Most recently, the late-1980’s saw Rovers start their rise through the divisions under John King following a period in the lower reaches.

The early-1990’s saw them climb up to Championship level, propelled by an attacking line-up featuring the likes of John Aldridge, Ian Muir, John Morrissey and Chris Malkin, with Aldridge being appointed as manager in 1995.

Their recent heyday culminated in an appearance in the League Cup final in 2000 that saw them narrowly defeated by Leicester City.

Relegations soon followed though, and Rovers would drop out of the league at the end of the 2014/15 season.

A fantastic second half to the 2017/18 season culminated in ten-man Rovers defeating Boreham Wood in the National League play-off final, before a second successive promotion was secured just a year later with a 1-0 win over Newport County. The club were relegated back to League Two at the end of the truncated 2019/20 season.

Team news

Long-term absentee Stephen Dooley is unavailable for Simon Weaver but they will hope to have Rod McDonald available with the defender having missed the past two games due to injury.

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Match Reports

Tranmere 3-0 Town - Town suffer defeat on Merseyside

15 August 2023

Two goals in as many minutes proved vital as Simon Weaver and his Harrogate Town side were defeated 3-0 at the hands of Tranmere Rovers in our midweek trip to Merseyside.

A first-half header from Luke Norris and a quickfire counter from Sam Taylor sent Rovers well on their way to victory before a third from Kieron Morris rounded off the scoring to ensure Rovers picked up their first victory of the season.

Despite an improved second-half performance, the result means Town head into Saturday’s trip to Accrington looking to return to winning ways.

There were three changes for Town as striker Luke Armstrong returned to the starting line-up for the first time this season. Elsewhere, Joe Mattock & Matty Daly returned, replacing Warren Burrell & James Daly.

Tranmere marked a positive start to the opening exchanges with the first chance of the half. A well worked passing move found Leake in space down the Town right. His in-field pass gave Dennis space to shoot but his effort was well over the bar of Mark Oxley.

Town themselves were keen to build early momentum. This coming from tricky link-up play down the right with Folarin & Sims. The latter produced a driven cross into the path of Armstrong. However, Tranmere’s timely clearance fell to Liam Gibson who looked to curl one but it was blocked.

Despite a promising start, both sides battled hard for dominance in the match and we would reach the 20 minute mark before the game would see the next opportunity.

A fluent counter-attack from Tranmere culminated in Norris finding space around 25 yards from goal. As the attacker sought to curl one round Mark Oxley, the ‘keeper produced a strong hand to deny him the opener.

However, it was a sign of things to come, a long throw from Leake on the Town right was not cleared as Tranmere headed the ball back into the danger area. This opportunity was enough for Norris to rise between Joe Mattock and Matty Foulds and head home the opener.

Just a moment later, it was two, a long hopeful ball forward sparked a physical battle between Ant O’Connor and Sam Taylor. However, as Tranmere’s number 20 came out on top, no one in the Town backline was able to close down before Taylor could slot the ball past Oxley.

As the sides re-emerged for the second half, it was clear the men in black & yellow were determined to find a way back into the match.

These efforts began on 48 minutes as a promising spell of Town possession resulted in Gibson finding space on the edge of the D. However, the shot he unleashed did not trouble the ‘keeper.

Sam Folarin would then go close to getting Town off the mark. His lightening run from one box to the edge of the other resulted in a powerful drive across goal. However, McGee produced a fine save to ensure the scores remained the same.

With less than 30 minutes left to play, both Town full-backs combined as a promising cross from Sims found Foulds at the back post with a free header. However, a vital interception denied him the goal.

Foulds would again go close on 71 minutes, his free-kick from the edge of the box looked to catch McGee off guard and sneak inside the near post. However, a defensive header from Hendry was just enough to head the danger onto the bar and over.

Town continued to probe with several promising crosses into the Tranmere penalty area. However, the resolute backline continued to show their dominance. 

Kieron Morris added a third goal for Tranmere with little time left to play. His powerful run forward was capped off when he dispatched low into the corner of the net. 

Deep into injury time, Town sought to grab a goal their second half play deserved, Matty Daly picking up on a second ball around 12 yards from goal. However, McGee did enough to keep it out. 

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Ticket News

Tranmere Rovers (A) Ticket Information

31 July 2023

Our second SkyBet League Two away fixture of the season will take place at Tranmere Rovers on Tuesday 15th August

Harrogate Town supporters will be located in the Cowshed Stand which, behind one of the goals

Wheelchair bays are located in the home end of the stadium.

Tickets are now on sale via the below link.

Buy Tickets

There is a £2 price increase on the day, but advance ticket sales will dictate whether there is cash on the day option.

Disabled concessions are based on the following criteria:

  • Middle or higher rate of the care component of DL
  • Enhanced daily living competent on PIPs
  • Enhanced Mobility
  • A letter from your GP or from a Care Home documentation

Postage is available for an additional £2 charge.

Telephone bookings (01423 210600) = £2 per booking

Collection is available from our official club store during opening times or from Tranmere Rovers away turnstiles from 1.30pm on matchday.

Parking is available at a pre booking cost £6 and then £7 on the day, it is on a first come first serve basis (including disabled bays). The surrounding residential area is all permit holders parking, and they are very vigilant on match days so we would not advise this as they will more than likely receive a parking ticket.

Supporters eligible for the Young Person category will require ID. Student ID will not be accepted. It must be ID with your date of birth on. If you cannot provide valid ID, you will be charged the full adult price.

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