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23 March 2019 Venue JobServe Community Stadium Attendance

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English Football League - League Two

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Preview: Colchester United

21 March 2019

Setting the scene…

Tranmere Rovers are back on the road this Saturday, looking for a sixth straight League Two victory away at promotion-rivals Colchester United.

Micky Mellon’s side, who are fifth, make the long journey to Essex aiming to continue their winning run in the fourth-tier after seeing last weekend’s fixture away to Oldham Athletic postponed due to Boundary Park’s waterlogged pitch.

Saturday’s opponents, Colchester, welcome TRFC to the JobServe Community Stadium coming off the back of two straight 3-0 defeats to Exeter City and Forest Green Rovers – results which has seen them drop out of the Play-Off positions down to eighth but they know a win will close the gap on the teams above them in the standings.

Team news

Zoumana Bakayogo is back running but will not be at full fitness for this weekend's match. Adam Buxton has also returned to training. 

Ishmael Miller remains the only long term absentee for Tranmere Rovers. 

The U’s season so far

The U’s will be hoping to get back on track to find the formula that saw them in the automatic promotion places earlier in the campaign - starting on Saturday against TRFC.

Managed by a John McGreal - the Birkenhead-born former Tranmere defender who made 195 league appearances in nine years at Prenton Park – Colchester are on the cusp on the Play-Offs. 

From their 38 games played so far, the Essex club have won 16, drawn nine and lost 13 and are currently a point adrift of the Play-Offs.

One to watch

Homegrown attacking midfielder Sammie Szmodics has impressed in front of goal for Colchester this term.

Szmodics came through the academy system at the U’s, making his first-team debut when he came off the bench in a 1-1 draw away to Bristol City at Ashton Gate back in September 2013.

And he has since become one of his club’s key players at the age of 23 and has made 134 league appearances for Colchester since his debut nearly six-years ago – either side of a brief loan stay at non-league Braintree Town in 2015/16.

This season, Szmodics leads McGreal’s side’s goalscoring charts, netting 12 in all competitions.

Match Officials

Referee: Ross Joyce

Assistants: Rob Smith and Joe Clark

Fourth Official: Will Finnie

Tickets

Tickets for our away fixture at Colchester United on Saturday are still on sale.

The SWA have been allocated 286 tickets in the East Block 1 and 210 tickets in East Block 2 ahead of the long trip down to Essex. 

Tickets will go off sale completely on Friday 22nd March at 12pm.

Coach travel is also available for this game. The coach will leave Prenton Park at 7:30am. You can buy your match tickets and coach tickets here.

Match Coverage

Can’t make it to Rovers’ away game at Colchester United on Saturday afternoon? Don’t worry as you can keep up with goings on at the JobServe Community Stadium.

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

Colchester 0-2 Tranmere

23 March 2019

Tranmere Rovers made it six league wins on the spin for the first time in nearly 30 years with a 2-0 triumph at Colchester United.

A lovely first half chip from James Norwood, his 28th of the campaign, set Rovers on their way, before David Perkins, who set up Norwood for his goal, grabbed his first in Tranmere colours less than a minute into the second half to secure an impressive win on the road.

Tranmere were backed by a tremendous following in Essex, with nearly 500 of the SWA making the journey, and they sang throughout the contest, being the 12th man for Rovers as they continued their excellent form in League Two.

Manager Micky Mellon named the same line up which beat Grimsby Town last time out at Prenton Park ten days ago.

Colchester and Tranmere both had a chance apiece in the opening five minutes. Tranmere were first to have a go on goal, donning the third strip (red) due to Colchester’s home colours, midfielder Connor Jennings smashed the ball into the side netting from a tight angle.

At the other end of the goal, Courtney Senior bent a free-kick over the cross bar from 20-yards after a foul from Luke McCullough on the end of the box. Sammie Szmodics lashed over an effort from a similar position a couple of minutes later.

Colchester were seeing more of possession, but Tranmere sent the travelling support from the Wirral into raptures in the 23rd minute through, you guessed it, our favourite number 10, Norwood. 

Perkins won the ball back excellently inside his own half and the former Colchester man drove forward and threaded an inch perfect pass for top goal scorer Norwood to run onto and score his 28th of the campaign with a delightful dink over the goalkeeper.

Colchester looked for an immediate response as number two Ryan Jackson hit a ferocious strike just an inch past of the post. The Tranmere defensive unit were looking strong, seeing off the Colchester threat up until the half time whistle, and took a deserved lead into the break with still plenty of work to do.

The second half began in absolutely perfect fashion and Perkins turned from provider to goal scorer to put Rovers two goals to the good within 50 seconds of the restart. Full back Caprice raced into the penalty box and dragged the ball back for Jennings, who stabbed the ball towards goal and was just kept out by goalkeeper Dillon Barnes, however Perkins was in position to hammer into the roof of the goal.

Colchester's first meaningful chance of the half fell to the feet of Szmodics but he fired straight down the throat of captain Scott Davies.

The first TRFC change came just after the hour mark, Ben Pringle coming off in the place of fellow winger Keiron Morris, who returned to the matchday squad after a spell on the sidelines.

Davies, who had a relatively quiet afternoon, made an absolute phenomenal save in the 68th minute, to deny Abo Eisa’s 25-yard free-kick, pushing the ball against the post and Caprice reacted the quickest to hack away.

In the 70th minute, Mellon made his second change as Ollie Banks came off for fellow midfielder Jay Harris as Rovers looked to tighten up in the middle of the park.

Tranmere were managing the game excellently, thwarting any Colchester United attack and defending everything thrown their way.

With ten minutes remaining, Norwood, looking for his brace, hit a 25-yard free-kick goal, which the goalkeeper initially spilled but he quickly dived on the ball to deny an incoming Rovers player.

Tranmere stood strong and sealed an important victory on the road and the attention is now set on next weekend’s home match against Carlisle United.

To purchase tickets for the game, please CLICK HERE and get right behind the players!

Davies, Caprice, Ellis, Monthe, Ridehalgh, Pringle (Morris 61), Banks (70), McCullough, Perkins, Jennings, Norwood. Unused subs: Pilling, Nelson, Gilmour, Mullin, Dagnall.

Attendance: 3,800 (466 away fans)

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Ticket News

Colchester United ticket information

20 March 2019

Tickets for our away fixture at Colchester United on Saturday 23rd March are now on sale.

We have been allocated 286 tickets in the East Block 1 and 210 tickets in East Block 2. 

East Block 1 prices:

 

Early Bird- Best Price.

(4th Feb - 13th Feb)

Super Saver

(14th Feb - 28th Feb)

Saver

(1st March - 14th March)

Advance

(15th March - 22nd March)

Match day

Adult

£16.50

£18

£20

£22

£24

Concession

£12

£14

£15

£16

£18

U18

£8.50

£9.50

£10

£11.50

£13.50

U14

£3.50

£4

£4.50

£5

£5.50

U11

Free

Free

Free

Free

Free

Additional U11

£1.50

£1.50

£1.50

£2

£2.50

Carer

Free

Free

Free

Free

Free

 East Block 2 prices:

 

Early Bird- Best Price.

(4th Feb - 13th Feb)

Super Saver

(14th Feb - 28th Feb)

Saver

(1st March - 14th March)

Advance

(15th March - 22nd March)

Match day

Adult

£18.50

£20

£22

£24

£26

Concession

£14

£16

£17

£18

£20

U18

£9.50

£10.50

£11

£12.50

£14.50

U14

£4.50

£5

£5.50

£6

£6.50

U11

Free

Free

Free

Free

Free

Additional U11

£2.50

£2.50

£2.50

£3

£3.50

Carer

Free

Free

Free

Free

Free

 

Postage tickets for this fixture will be taken off sale on 19th March and tickets will go off sale completely on 22nd March at 12pm

Coach travel is also available for this game. The coach will leave Prenton Park at 7:30am. You can buy your match tickets and coach tickets here

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