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22 April 2019 Venue Sincil Bank Attendance

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Preview: Lincoln City

20 April 2019

Setting the scene…

Next up for Tranmere Rovers in Sky Bet League Two is an Easter Monday fixture away at already-promoted Lincoln City, 3pm kick-off as they make the trip to Sincil Bank aiming to return to winning ways.

Micky Mellon’s men head to Lincolnshire firmly in the mix for an automatic promotion place in the fourth-tier with just three games to go and are four-points behind third-placed MK Dons.

TRFC slipped to a narrow 1-0 home defeat against Forest Green at Prenton Park on Good Friday with Junior Mondal’s first-half strike enough for the visitors to take all three-points.

Lincoln also lost their Good Friday outing, going down 1-0 away to Carlisle United at Brunton Park which meant that the Imps will have to wait to add the title win to their promotion.

The Imps’ season so far

It has been another season of success for Danny Cowley’s Imps as they celebrated their promotion from the fourth-tier.

The league leaders have been the standout performers in the division and having lost out in the Play-Offs last term, Cowley guided his side to a second promotion in his three campaigns as manager.

Promotion was sealed following a 1-1 home draw with Cheltenham Town at Sincil Bank earlier this month which means Lincoln will compete in the third-tier of English football for the first time since 1999.

From their 43 games played so far in 2018/19, Lincoln have won 23, drawn 15 and suffered only five defeats.

One to watch

Forward John Akinde’s 17 league goals has spearheaded Lincoln City’s promotion-winning year.

A native of Camberwell, London, Akinde began his career in non-league with Gravesend & Northfleet, Whitstable Town, Ebbsfleet United and Margate.

In 2008, he was signed by Bristol City, going on to made 16 appearances over three-years, sandwiched in-between loans at Wycombe Wanderers, Brentford, Bristol Rovers and Dagenham and Redbridge.

He became a Crawley Town player in 2011, winning promotion from League Two in 2012 with the Red Devils before plying his trade with Portsmouth, Alfreton and 166 appearances in a four-year stint at Barnet.

In July 2018, the 29-year-old linked up with Lincoln and leads the scoring charts for the promoted Imps.

Tickets

We have been allocated an initial 640 tickets in the Stacey West Stand and there will be around another 400 match tickets available if needed in advance or on the day.

Admission prices as followed:

Adult: £22

Concession (60+/disabled): £17

Young adult (18-21): £17

U18: £9

Disabled supporters pay the disabled price/the other relevant age category. Supporters should be on medium or higher rate of care, disabled supporters do receive a free carer ticket.

Wheelchair users will be situated alongside the pitch towards the corner flag

Coach travel will also be available for this game. The coaches will depart Prenton Park at 10am and you can buy your coach tickets in store or online here.

Match officials

Referee: Anthony Backhouse

Assistants: Alan Clayton and Simon Clayton

Fourth Official: Scott Oldham

Match coverage

Can’t make it to Rovers’ away game at Lincoln City on Easter Monday? Don’t worry as you can keep up with goings on at Sincil Bank.

You can now sign up to Tranmere Rovers’ iFollow, which allows access to extended highlights and interviews with manager Micky Mellon and a player, after the game.

To sign up, click here

Alternatively, you can follow the action through our social media channels below, with full text coverage during the fixture, followed by a match report.

Twitter: @tranmererovers

Facebook: @trfcofficial

Instagram: @tranmererovers

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Match Reports

Report: Lincoln 0-0 Tranmere

22 April 2019

Tranmere Rovers secured a well earned point at Sky Bet League Two champions Lincoln City with a 0-0 draw in front of nearly 1,000 TRFC supporters.

Tranmere had their chances in a party atmosphere at Sincil Bank but a valuable point as we move to Saturday's important league match at home to Bury. 

Within the opening two-minutes, goalkeeper Scott Davies came to Tranmere’s rescue, when he stood up tall to deny Michael O’Connor on a one-on-one situation after the midfielder was played in by Matt Rhead.

Rhead then had a go himself from distance but saw his dipping drive from outside the box well held by Davies.

Up the other end, Tranmere engineered their first chance of the contest midway through the opening half when top-scorer James Norwood broke free down the left before cutting in to the box where he forced goalkeeper Matt Gilks to a smart low stop down to his left.

Davies was called upon again for Rovers as the half drew to a close in sun-kissed Lincolnshire, beating away Bruno Andrade’s fierce low right-footed effort from the right-side of the box following a clever set-piece routine from the hosts.

After the break, Tranmere began brightly, and Mellon’s men had two early opportunities, with Jay Harris drilling his right-footed shot across goal from the right-edge of the area creeping just wide of Gilks’ far post after positive build-up play.

Rovers went close again through Norwood, who controlled a lofted pass to beat his man inside the area, however the forward swivelled his volley just beyond the left upright.

In a frantic start to the second-half, Tranmere were indebted to full-back Jake Caprice as the game approached the hour-mark, superbly clearing Rhead’s powerful goal-bound effort from 10-yards off the line after the veteran forward was played by John Akinde’s cut-back from the right.

Akinde was in the thick of the action again minutes later, rising highest to meet Harry Toffolo’s long-throw down the left which Davies clutched in to his grasp.

Rovers were continuing to battle away as they dealt with Danny Cowley’s already-promoted outfit well in the heat.

Norwood had two quick-fire attempts to open the scoring for Tranmere in the closing 20 minutes.

After driving at the home defence, his right-footed shot from distance was straight in to the hands of stopper Gilks.

As the game entered its closing stages, Rovers back-line continued to remain firm in the face of heavy pressure.

And Tranmere held on to earn a hard-fought point away at the table-toppers.

TRFC: Davies, Caprice, Nelson (Gumbs 45 )(Buxton 90)  Monthe, Bakayogo, Morris, Banks, Harris, Jennings, Norwood, Mullin (Gilmour 45)

Subs not used: Smith, Pilling, Pringle, Dagnall.

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Ticket News

Lincoln City ticket details

14 April 2019

Tickets for our match against Lincoln City will go on sale from Monday 8th April 2019.

We have been allocated an initial 640 tickets in the Stacey West Stand and there will be around another 400 match tickets available if needed in advance or on the day.

The Supporters Club points system will also be used for this match. 

Details for this are as follows: 

1) TROSC members with 23 Points and also a season card holder - 8th April (24 hours) one per person

2) TROSC ,embers with any points and Season Card Holder - 9th April (24 hours) one per person 

3) Season Card Holder or TROSC members with 23 points - 10th and 11th April (48 hours) One per person 

4) General sale - No limit on ticket sales 

Admission Details for this match are as follows: 

Adult: £22

Concession (60+/disabled): £17

Young adult (18-21): £17

U18: £9

*Disabled supporters pay the disabled price/the other relevant age category. Supporters should be on medium or higher rate of care, disabled supporters do receive a free carer ticket. Wheelchair users will be situated alongside the pitch towards the corner flag.*

Postage tickets will go off sale on Monday 15th April 2019 at 2pm. All match tickets will go off sale straight after the match against Forest Green Rovers on Friday 19th April (There will be strictly no sales on the Saturday and Sunday).

Coach travel will also be available for this game. The coaches will depart Prenton Park at 10am and you can buy your coach tickets in store or online here

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