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Preview: Carlisle

28 March 2019

Setting the scene…

Tranmere Rovers will search for a seventh straight win in Sky Bet League Two when they host Carlisle United at Prenton Park on Saturday afternoon, 3pm kick-off.

Micky Mellon’s Rovers head in to the home fixture against Steven Pressley’s Cumbrians following on from last weekend’s 2-0 away victory at Colchester United.

James Norwood and David Perkins were both on target as fifth-placed Rovers moved to within five points of the automatic promotion positions with a game in hand.

Carlisle visit the Wirral in eighth, three points from the Play-Offs after a 2-2 home draw with Cambridge United at Brunton Park.

Team news

Zoumana Bakayogo is back in training after a spell on the sidelines. Sid Nelson is currently suffering with an illness and is a doubt. Ishmael Miller is still at St George's Park as he recovers from a long term injury. 

The Cumbrians season so far

It has been a season of transitional change in the Brunton Park dugout.

Long-serving manager Keith Curle departed the club after four-years at the end of last term and was replaced by John Sheridan.

Sheridan resigned from his post in January despite leading Carlisle to five-straight wins, as Pressley took the reins later that month.

The former Scotland international has led Carlisle to just three points off the Play-Offs and a genuine chance of claiming a top seven spot at the end of the season. From their 39 matches so far this season, CUFC have won 17, drawn seven and lost 15. 

One to watch

Forward Hallam Hope leads the way at the top of the Blues’ goalscoring charts this term.

The Manchester-born player turned professional with Premier League Everton after coming through the Merseyside club’s youth system.

Hope, 25, would spend much of his time at the Toffees away from Goodison Park, loaned to Northampton Town, Sheffield Wednesday and two spells at Bury, who he signed permanently for in 2015.

He made 58 appearances for the Gigg Lane outfit either side of a loan stint at his current club.

Hope signed for Carlisle permanently in 2017 and has scored 13 goals for the Cumbrians this season in all competitions.


Fancy heading down to Prenton Park this Saturday afternoon to watch some affordable football and cheer on Micky’s lads as TRFC welcome Carlisle United to the Wirral?

Match tickets for our home game against the Cumbrians are still available to purchase either in person at the Prenton Park ticket office or online by clicking here:

Tickets start from as little as just £2 for U12s and adults from £18 with family tickets available to save money. It is £2 cheaper to buy online, which we encourage all supporters to do.

TRFC’s online ticket store is also the perfect place to purchase tickets for upcoming Sky Bet League Two games, both home and away, and away coach travel.

Match Officials

Referee: Scott Duncan

Assistants: Akil Howson and Mark Dwyer

Fourth Official: Daniel Middleton

Match Coverage

Can’t make it to Rovers’ home game against Carlisle United on Saturday afternoon? Don’t worry as you can keep up with goings on at Prenton Park.

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: Tranmere 3-0 Carlisle

30 March 2019

Tranmere Rovers winning run in League Two stretched to seven matches after a thrilling 3-0 victory against Carlisle United in front of more than 8,000 fans at Prenton Park.

Rovers took the lead through a late first half header from Ollie Banks. The second TRFC goal came through top scorer James Norwood, his 29th goal of the season before Manny Monthe sealed the victory with a header from a Banks corner to seal a memorable afternoon for the SWA.

Kieron Morris returned to the starting line-up for the first time since the victory against Notts County, replacing Ben Pringle who wasn’t included in the matchday squad.

The atmosphere was electric when the players walked out ahead of kick-off, showing from the get-go the SWA are right behind Micky Mellon’s men for the final run in.

Tranmere were forced into an early change in the ninth minute as midfielder Luke McCullough went down, with no one around him, and unfortunately, couldn’t continue. Fellow central midfielder Jay Harris came on in a like for like change.

Tranmere’s first chance fell to number 10 Norwood, his diving header just edged past the post after a good delivery from the right by Jake Caprice.

The visitors, who have one of the best away forms in the division, went close just after the quarter hour mark. A good team move resulted in Nathan Thomas playing the ball out to left side to Tom Parkes to direct a low shot wide of Scott Davies’ far post.

Carlisle took confidence from the chance, and Thomas tried his own effort on goal but failed to test Davies from range. At the other end, Norwood, hit an ambitious 30-yard free-kick straight at goalkeeper Adam Collin.

Midfield maestro Banks, in search of his second goal of 2019, hit a clever strike from 30 yards, which was destined to nestle in the bottom right hand corner, only for Collin to get a strong hand to the ball to push away for a corner.

Just before the half hour mark, Carlisle should have taken the lead as they rattled Davies’ crossbar. The Cumbrians won possession back on the half way line, resulting in Thomas crossing for an unmarked O’Hare in the penalty box to hit the Tranmere frame.

Carlisle United playmaker Jamie Devitt stung the palms of captain Davies from 25-yards, but our number one made a smart save, beating the ball far away from his goal to safety.

A quick passage of passing on the edge of the ‘D’ concluded in a half volley from Connor Jennings, which seemed to catch everyone off guard, as the ball crept wide.

Tranmere struck just before the half time whistle to take the lead. Banks, who had a sight on goal earlier in the match, directed an unstoppable bullet header from close range into the middle of the goal, giving keeper Collin no chance, after a powerful cross from the left by Perkins.

Into the second half, Carlisle got things started with a free-kick which flew over into the away end. At the other end of Prenton Park, Perkins strike from range was saved by the goalkeeper.

The SWA were really playing their part as the 12th man as they roared Tranmere on as Mellon’s men went in search of a second with Jennings only a fraction away from sliding a cross home.

It was a point of when rather than if the second goal was going to arrive and it did in the 63rd minute courtesy of Norwood. The striker bundled home a Caprice cross from the right hand side to send the SWA in the Essar KOP into raptures as a seventh win in a row looked a real possibility.

Tranmere were playing with real confidence and belief and continued to push forward in search of another goal against Play-Off chasers Carlisle United.

With just over 15 minutes to play, Mellon made his second change, Harvey Gilmour replacing Morris after a solid shift from the on-loan Walsall winger.

The third goal arrived in the 82nd minute as Banks’ corner to the back post was met by a powerful header from Monthe, his second of the season to wrap the game up for Rovers in front of the largest league crowd of the season at Prenton Park.

We need your support now at Oldham Athletic on Tuesday night. Tickets are still available to purchase on the day of the game at Boundary Park, 7.45pm kick-off.

Davies, Caprice, Ellis, Monthe, Ridehalgh, Perkins, McCullough (Harris 10), Banks (Smith 85), Morris (Gilmour), Jennings, Norwood. Unused subs: Pilling, Buxton, Mullin, Dagnall

Attendance: 8,095

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