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Match Preview: Tranmere Rovers v Macclesfield Town

12 October 2018

Friday night football is back as Macclesfield Town as continue their Sky Bet League Two campaign at fellow promoted side Tranmere Rovers this evening. 

The Silkmen will continue their search for three points at Prenton Park as Caretaker Managers Danny Whitaker and Neil Howarth take charge of their first Macc league match. 

The sides will come face to face just 72 hours after they both kicked off their Checkatrade Trophy fixtures on Tuesday, with Rovers coming off worse for wear after their 6-0 defeat by Shrewsbury Town. 

However, this result does not reflect their league form. Micky Mellon’s seventh-placed side have lost only twice in the league all season and just once in their last nine matches - during which they racked up sixteen points. 

Macc are unbeaten in their last three Friday fixtures, with wins from their last two. A 1-0 victory against Dover sealed three-points in August last year, before a last-gasp Whitaker winner sent the Silkmen wild against Woking in March. 

Team News 

Elliot Durrell will continue his rehabilitation and along with Ryan Lloyd, will step up his programme over the course of the next few weeks.

Callum Evans, Jordan Ponticelli and Danny Whitaker are currently undergoing spells on the sidelines and Koby Arthur is also expected to miss out. 

Meanwhile, Liam Ridehalgh and Ritchie Sutton still remain out of action for Tranmere. 


Last Time Out: Tranmere Rovers 1 - 4 Macclesfield Town 

Macclesfield put four past Tranmere when the sides last met in February, a comprehensive win that helped the Silkmen charge towards their Vanarama National League title. 

The visitors broke the deadlock against the run of play on the brink of half-time, Danny Whitaker finishing a swift attacking move, prodding the ball over the Rovers ‘keeper. 

Macc were not fazed by Andy Cook’s 49th minute equaliser, as two Elliot Durrell thunderbolts either side of Whitaker’s second-half penalty had the match wrapped up with 25 minutes left on the clock. 


One To Watch: James Norwood 

After being forced to miss Rovers 4-3 victory against Morecambe at the weekend due to receiving two yellows at home to Lincoln in the preceding match, Tranmere talisman James Norwood should be back in contention for a starting spot tonight. 

In that seven-goal thriller, Harvey Gilmour stepped up in Norwood’s absence with a brace. However, if the Rovers’ top scorer plays tonight, he’ll be desperate to add to the eight goals he has already banked this season 

The 28-year-old striker has netted half of Rovers’ league goals this campaign and has scored in seven of the 11 matches he has featured in, propelling the newly promoted side into the League Two play-offs. 

The former Exeter City man made his name over two spells with Forest Green Rovers, scoring over 50 goals for the club in 176 matches. 

After signing at Prenton Park in the summer of 2015, the number 10 has impressively notched almost 70 goals in over 130 appearances for Rovers, bagging 23 of them last term to fuel Tranmere’s successful promotion bid.

By Matt Bates

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Match Reports

Match Report: Tranmere Rovers 1-0 Macclesfield Town

12 October 2018

Danny Whitaker and Neil Howarth’s inaugural league match in charge of Macclesfield Town ended in defeat as Harry Gilmour’s second-half strike proved the difference to seal the three points for Micky Mellon’s promotion-chasing Tranmere Rovers.

The defeat leaves the Silkmen still searching for that much needed first win back in the EFL; however, a spirited performance from the Cheshire side may have ended differently if the inside of the post minutes hadn't denied Michael Rose's superb free-kick minutes before the home side’s winner.

The result also ends Macc’s impressive Friday night unbeaten record with the Silkmen tasting defeat on a Friday for the first time in four.

The Silkmen started positively on a wet and windy evening at Prenton Park that saw both teams looking to play from the off with the hosts seeing most of the ball in the opening ten minutes of the match.

Rovers earnt themselves a free-kick from a threatening position when Olli Banks was brought down by Peter Vincenti. Adam Buxton took the set-piece, and his right-footed effort was whipped around the Macclesfield wall before striking the post to deny Tranmere an early lead.

Malachi Napa was full of energy down the right-hand flank drawing two early fouls from the Rovers defence. Michael Rose took up his regular set-piece role and whipped a delightful ball into the Tranmere box finding the head of Vincenti who faultlessly headed home. However, much to the despair of the Silkmen midfielder the goal was ruled offside to deny the visitors a dream start.

Rose picked up an early booking after bringing down a surging James Norwood who was charging at the Macclesfield goal. The former Forest Green Rovers striker was a constant menace for the Silkmen back-four looking to add to his impressive tally of eight league goals this season.

Jonny Smith got the home fans off their seat when his left-footed strike rocketed just over the crossbar giving Rhys Taylor a scare.

The Silkmen grew into the game finding their rhythm in possession. Napa drew a save from Scott Davies following a clever one-two with Nathan Blisset before his strike was collected from the Rovers goalkeeper.

Macclesfield started where they left off in the second period looking to test the Tranmere defence and oppose themselves in attack. Tyrone Marsh was awarded a free-kick after Luke Mucullough impeded him.

Another Marsh effort at goal was met with a roar from the travelling Silkmen supporters who started to believe they were firmly in this contest.

The opening scare of the second-half came after Tranmere nearly broke the deadlock despite the run of play. Norwood once again was authoritative to win back the Rovers ball before unleashing another venomous shot that was parried away by Taylor for a corner.

A glorious opportunity fell again for the hosts when Norwood was once again unleashed by his Rovers teammates into a one-on-one with Taylor. The Tranmere forward did well to completely bypass the Macclesfield defence with only the keeper to beat. However, his trickery was let down by his composure as his effort was hit straight at Taylor who did well to deny the home side the lead.

Another free-kick fell to the Silkmen when Vincenti was brought down by Tranmere skipper McNulty just shy of the penalty area. Rose stepped up to take and curled a delicious effort that struck the inside of the Rovers post before being cleared to frustrate the visitors to an unlikely opening goal.
Prenton Park was finally treated to a goal on the 74th-minute mark. Connor Jenning’s extraordinary run saw him beat three Silkmen players before finding Harry Gilmore on the edge of the box whose composed left-footed finish left Taylor helpless to send the home fans into delirium.

The hosts nearly put the game to bed when Jennings spurned a glorious opportunity with 5 minutes left on the clock. The Winger was slotted through by Norwood before spurning his effort horrendously wide to keep the visitors in the game.

Ben Stephens came on to make his long-awaited Macclesfield debut replacing Marsh who looked positive on several moments in the match.

Injury time came calling, and Macclesfield looked to salvage one final opportunity. Fitzpatrick and Vincenti linked up on the left-hand side before the former Coventry midfielder whipped a cross into the Rovers box finding the head of Blisset who couldn’t connect with the ball before sending his header wide.

The home side held on for the three points as they continue their impressive run of only one defeat in 10 league matches to send Mellon’s troops to fourth in the League Two table.

It wasn’t quite to be for the Silkmen despite the heroic support of the 281 travelling away supporters who drove their troops on until the very end.

Whitaker and Howarth will be pleased with their player's efforts on the night and will be boosted by the eight-day break as the Silkmen will have over a week to rest up for their home clash to Carlisle next Saturday.


Tranmere Rovers: Davies, Buxton, McNulty (Cole 68), Monthe, McNulty, Caprice, Banks, McCullough, Smith, Jennings, Gilmour, Norwood

Unused substitutions: George, Harris, Mullin, Ellis, Motley-Henry

Macclesfield Town: Taylor, Hodkiss, Lowe, Grimes, Fitzpatrick, Rose, Vincenti, Maycock, Marsh, Napa (Wilson 79), Vincenti

Unused subs: Kelleher, Smith, Pearson, Welch-Hayes, Simpson

By Joshua Kerr

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Ticket News

Tranmere Ticket News

10 October 2018

Ahead of our trip to Tranmere Rovers on Friday, we are pleased to bring you all the ticket details for our return to Prenton Park -

Tickets can be purchased via the following link -

Tranmere Tickets

Adults (23-64): £18

Senior (65+): £11

Young Persons (18-22): £11

Disabled: £11

Under 18: £5

Under 12 Accompanied : £2

Disabled concession is based on middle or higher care component or PIP letter. The tickets for these can only be purchased on the phone (0151 609 3328) however Tranmere will need proof beforehand.

Supporters can scan over one of the above letters to Tickets are based on the disabled price, however if these relate to people who  are Under 18/Under 12 they are charged this age category.

All disabled tickets do come with a free carer. Wheelchair bays have to be purchased through Tranmere Rovers using the above contact; these are in a separate stand to the away supporters.

Parking is available costing £5. These can be purchased online and are also available on a first come first serve basis (including disabled bays) on the day of the game. The surrounding residential area is all permit holders parking and they are very vigilant on match days so we would not advise anyone risking it as you will more than likely receive a parking fine!

There is a £2 price increase on the day of the day, tickets can be purchased in store or supporters can pay cash on the turnstile (This increase does not apply to online sales).

Supporters that qualify for the Young Person category will require ID. Tranmere are very strict on this with home and away supporters. They do not accept student ID, it must have your date of birth on. If you cannot provide ID, you will be charged the full adult price.

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