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Tranmere Rovers (H) Match Preview

28 December 2023

George Thomson’s injury time winner on Boxing Day made it two wins from two for Town over the festive period and they will look to continue their 100% record when they entertain Tranmere Rovers tomorrow evening.

The 2-1 win over Accrington saw Town move into the top half of the table and Simon Weaver’s side now sit just three points from the playoff positions at the halfway point of the 2023/24 season.

Our opponents

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

After the departure of manager Ian Dawes, Nigel Adkins took charge on a permanent basis in early November and Rovers have taken 17 points from 18 games since, coming into the game in 18th position on 27 points, 10 points clear of the drop.

They did lose each of their first eight away games of the season but have been defeated just once in the past four games away from Prenton Park, a run which included a comprehensive 5-1 defeat of Salford City on Boxing Day.

Previous meetings

Town were on the wrong end of a 3-0 defeat in late August with first-half goals from Luke Norris and Sam Taylor opening a lead for Rovers before Kieron Morris added a third ten minutes from time.

The two sides played out a 1-1 draw The Envirovent Stadium last season. Matty Daly put Town ahead in the first half before Jordan Turnbull equalised just before the hour mark. In 2021/22 there was a thrilling 2-2 draw that saw goal from Jack Muldoon and Luke Armstrong cancel out Jay Spearing’s first-half penalty only for Kieron Morris to level late on.

In 2020/21 Otis Khan sealed the win for Rovers with a strike ten minutes from time.

The man in charge

A former Rovers player, Nigel Adkins held the role of technical director before taking charge initially on a temporary basis in September with the move made permanent following a positive run of results.

Adkins has previously managed the likes of Scunthorpe, Southampton, Reading, Sheffield United, Hull City and most recently Charlton.

Ones to watch

Connor Jennings leads the scoring charts with seven goals after arriving at the club from Hartlepool in the summer. Kieron Morris is close behind with six goals. Veteran Kristian Dennis also provides options in attack.

Keeper Luke McGhee and midfielder Regan Hendry both arrived North from Forest Green Rovers in the summer whilst defender Jordan Turnbull knows the division well from his time at Salford City.


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

Town continue to be without Mark Oxley, Toby Sims and Rod McDonald, though Sam Folarin made his return from injury on Boxing Day after a month out.

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Match Reports

TOWN 0-2 Tranmere Rovers - Town sunk by second half double

29 December 2023

Town's recent unbeaten run came to an end this evening as second-half goals from Charlie Jolley and Tom Davies saw Tranmere Rovers run out 2-0 winners.

The sides came into the game as two of the form sides in the division but it was Town who controlled the opening half, outshooting their opponents as well as having the lions share of possession. 

They couldn't convert their dominance into goals however and paid the price after the break when the visitors made a pair of changes that swung the balance in the visitors favour.

Simon Weaver made one change to the side that earned an injury time win against Accrington on Boxing Day, with Josh March coming into the line-up in place of Stephen Dooley. The visitors, coming in off the back of a thumping 5-1 win against Salford City, were unsurprisingly unchanged. 

It was a wet and blustery evening at The Envirovent Stadium and the conditions played their part in causing a scare for Town in the opening minutes. A deep cross from Rob Apter out on the right hung in the wind and caused hesitation in the home defence before the ball was cleared to safety.

Town responded positively though, buoyed by the confidence that three wins on the bounce brings, and March was a matter of inches from converting Matty Foulds cross after sliding in late at the far post.

With the strong wind in their favour Town were pinning the visitors back deep in their own half, but despite the territorial advantage didn't test Luke McGee in the Tranmere goal to the extent they would have liked in the opening quarter of the game.

On the half-hour mark Foulds was again in the thick of the action, this time defensively as he slid smartly to dispossess Connor Wood just inside the Town box before a solo run and shot from Matty Daly flew only a couple of feet over McGee's crossbar.

George Thomson, in such fine goalscoring form this season, tried his luck from distance five minutes before the break but despite the slick surface in his favour he dragged his effort wide of the target.

A wonderful flowing move just before the break almost saw Town take the lead. Jack Muldoon and Kayne Ramsay combined down the right-hand side with Ramsay before squaring for Daly who saw his goalbound shot blocked with Dean Cornelius blazing the rebound way over the bar.

On the stroke of half-time the visitors were forced into a change with Wood suffering an injury and he was replaced by James Norris.

Rovers made a further pair of changes at the break with Charlie Jolley and Reece McAleer replacing Harvey Saunders and Brad Walker.

The changes had an immediate effect in the sense that Town were pinned back in the early stages of the second-half for the first time in the contest, forcing a pair of corners to put the Town defence under pressure.

Kieron Morris then cracked a thunderous shot just wide of the outstretched James Belshaw to lift the away fans but moments later substitute Jolley drove low past the Town keeper to put Rovers 1-0 ahead.

March then fired over from Muldoon's knock down as Town began to search for a way back into the game that their level of play deserved. The referee then waved away penalty appeals after Muldoon went down under the challenge of Norris.

On the hour mark Simon Weaver made his first change of the evening with Sam Folarin entering the fray in place of March. 

Shortly after Liam Gibson went into the book for a late challenge on the half-way line.

Rovers extended their lead with twenty minutes remaining when, after forcing another corner in front of the travelling fans, Davies rose high above Foulds to head beyond Belshaw's left.

The goal saw another change for Town with Abraham Odoh making way for James Daly.

Apter then forced a fine save from Belshaw with the Town keeper scrambling across his goal to divert the ball behind for a corner.

McAleer then received a yellow card for hauling back Matty Daly as the Town forward was driving towards goal and McGee followed him soon after for delaying taking a free-kick.

With just over five minutes remaining a fine forward run from Ramsay saw him fire low across the box but despite being well positioned Matty Daly couldn't steer the ball on target and the crowd sensed that was probably the last chance for Town as their hopes of four consecutive wins for the first time as an EFL side were fast diminishing.

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Ticket News

Tranmere (H) Tickets on sale

3 November 2023

Our final fixture of 2023 sees Tranmere Rovers visit The EnviroVent Stadium on Friday 29th December, kick-off 7.45pm.


Tickets are on sale online up until kick-off or from our Commercial Street Store during opening times.


Tickets can be purchased at our advance rate until midnight on Thursday 28th December, after which point prices will increase by £2 or £1 depending on category.


Prices for this fixture can be seen below.

For the 2023/24 season, purchasing a ticket in advance will be cheaper than purchasing from 12am onwards on the day of the game. Admission prices will increase on a matchday (from 12am), by £2 for over 18s and £1 for U18s.


Our Tranmere Rovers match programme will be available to purchase for £3 inside the ground on matchday.

Programmes will also be able to read online, free of charge 24 hours prior to kick-off via the below link.

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How to Follow

If you are unable to attend the match, supporters can watch live on iFollow for just £10, simply purchase a pass in our Match Centre and watch the action unfold from the comfort of your home.

Updates will be provided across our social media channels and via our Live Match Centre, where text and audio commentary can be accessed.

Pre-Match Entertainment

Turnstiles open from 6.15pm, along with our supporters' bars and matchday food kiosks.

You will find our marquee bar located between the GH Brooks and Black Sheep stand, and our Supporters bar between underneath the EnviroVent Stand, next to the hospitality suite.

Both bars serve a range of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, including 'Yellow Black Army' and Black Sheep's popular 'Respire'. 

Hot and cold food is available from multiple locations inside our ground, for a full matchday menu click here.

Our hospitality suite will also be open, to book your place email

Club Shop

Supporters can buy a range of merchandise from our new-look club shop inside the stadium, located next to the North Gate. Open from 6.15pm, our shop sells replica shirts, accessories, match programmes and more.

Further information, including travel and stadium safety is available in our matchday guide.

Safety notice

We would like to remind supporters that they must not throw items of any sort onto the pitch.

The club is aware of, and concerned by, the increasing number of occurrences of items being thrown, which contravene the EFL ground regulations.

all items thrown are considered missiles, regardless of what is thrown and whether or not it hits anyone.

Any supporter identified by the clubs CCTV will be issued a significant club ban and may also face potential police action.

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