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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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