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Match Preview: Southport replay

16 December 2018

Setting the scene...

Tranmere Rovers face an FA Cup replay away at Merseyside neighbours Southport on Monday for the right to host Premier League giants Tottenham Hotspur in the competition’s third-round.
The initial tie between the two sides ended in a 1-1 draw at Prenton Park on 2nd December, with Jonny Smith’s first-half strike cancelled out by an equaliser 20 minutes from time by Bradley Bauress.
Now tasked with a clash under the lights at Haig Avenue, which will be televised live on BT Sport, Micky Mellon’s side will look to move on from Saturday’s 3-2 defeat at Notts County in Sky Bet League Two, with a potential tie against Mauricio Pochettino’s high-flying Spurs on offer.
Liam Watson’s National League North outfit head into the contest with Rovers coming off the back of a 1-0 defeat to Solihull Moors in the FA Trophy at Haig Avenue on Saturday.
Tickets for tomorrow’s tie away at Southport are SOLD OUT.
TRFC will be backed by over 1,000 of the SWA! 
Thank you for your brilliant support. 
One to Watch
Having recently agreed a new contract to remain with the Sandgrounders until 2021, Southport will look to midfielder Dion Charles to inspire them on Monday night.
The Preston-born 23-year-old began his playing career in the youth set-up Blackpool, penning professional terms at Bloomfield Road before moving to AFC Fylde in 2014.
During two years at the then-National League North side, Charles scored 18 goals in 52 appearances whilst on the books of The Coasters.
Charles form at Non-League level saw him earn a transfer to his third Fylde Coast club, Fleetwood Town in the summer of 2016, making his debut in an EFL Trophy tie against Carlisle United.
He was loaned to FC Halifax Town in 2017/18, turning out 19 times at The Shay before the former Northern Ireland U21 international signed for Southport in January 2018.
Match Coverage
Can’t make it to Rovers away FA Cup tie at Southport on Monday? Don’t worry as you can keep up with goings on at Haig Avenue. 
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: Southport 0-2 Tranmere

17 December 2018

Tranmere Rovers secured their place in the third round of the FA Cup and a glamour tie against Tottenham Hotspur after a 2-0 win at Southport in a second round replay. 

A first half brace, both volleys, from Connor Jennings sealed the victory as Rovers controlled proceedings from start to finish at the Merseyrail Community Stadium. 

Tranmere Rovers manager Micky Mellon made five changes for the game against Southport. Notable inclusions back in the line up were skipper Steve McNulty and fellow centre back Manny Monthe. 

Backed by a strong following from the Wirral, Tranmere made a positive start and deservedly took the lead in the 14th minutes through Jennings. 

The inform winger unleashed a stunning volley from 20 yards which looped over the goalkeeper into the net, a quality finish from our number 11. 

The non-league hosts were asking questions when breaking forward but it was Rovers who had the second meaningful chance of the game ten minutes later. 

A delightful crossfield pass from Jennings to Paul Mullin but the striker through but under pressure, he over hit his shot which sailed into the Jack Carr Stand. 

Southport's confidence was steadily growing as they looked to test Scott Davies in the Rovers goal with a couple of long range efforts which were just off target. 

Ten minutes before the interval, Jennings looked to replicate his opening goal, this time, goalkeeper Dan Hanford was equal to the chance. 

Davies was called into action for the first time in the 38th minute, tipping a looping back post header from Bradley Bauress, who scored the equaliser for Port in the first match at Prenton Park. 

But just as it seemed TRFC were happy with a one goal lead going into the break, Jennings had other ideas and grabbed his second of the evening. 

The winger connected with a Jake Caprice to slam the ball home as Rovers led 2-0 at the interval. 


Into the second half, Rovers had two early chances, first Mullin had sight of goal but couldn't get a clean connection on his effort, whilst Norwood headed over the cross bar from a free kick. 

At the other end, a long range strike from former Fleetwood man Dion Charles resulted in Davies pushing away for a corner. 

Game management was key for TRFC as Southport pushed bodies forward as the clock ticked down with an FA Cup third round tie against Tottenham on the horizon. 

And Rovers managed the game perfectly, minimising Southport to no scoring opportunities. 

With ten minutes to go, Mullin was replaced by fellow forward Cole Stockton. 

With little to do all second half, Davies pulled off an amazing save to deny Charles once more and as the hosts looked to capitalise on the rebound, the linesman correctly put his flag up for offside. 

Four minutes left and Caprice was withdrawn for Adam Buxton. 

Tranmere held firm and guaranteed their place in the third round to face Tottenham at Prenton Park. Ticket information will be announced in due course for the game. 

Davies, Caprice (86), Monthe, McNulty, Ellis, Ridehalgh, Gilmour, Harris, Jennings, Mullin (Stockton 80), Norwood. Unused subs: George, Cole, Bakayogo, Sutton, Smith. 


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Ticket News

Southport replay ticket details

4 December 2018

Tickets for our Emirates FA Cup second round replay at Southport will go on sale this Thursday 6th December.

We have been given an allocation of 1100 standing tickets and 206 seated tickets for this fixture, which will now take place on Monday 17th December, 7:45pm kick off. 


Adults: £10

Concessions (Over 65 and students): £6

12-18: £5

U12 with a paying adult: Free

Tickets will be available from Thursday 6th December from Southport's website here

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