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Preview: Crawley

3 May 2019

Setting the scene…

Tranmere Rovers’ final fixture of the Sky Bet League Two regular season will take place on Saturday, 3pm kick-off, as they travel to Crawley Town.

Already assured of a Play-Off position, it has been a great first campaign back in the EFL for Rovers, who head to Sussex currently sixth in the fourth-tier.

Micky Mellon’s side confirmed their top seven position on Tuesday with a 1-1 home draw against Bury at Prenton Park.

Gabriele Cioffi’s Crawley slipped to a 4-2 defeat away to Carlisle United at last time out.

Team news

Ollie Banks and Jake Caprice will both be assessed ahead of this weekend's game. 

Mark Ellis, Luke McCullough and Ishmael Miller remain long term absentees for Rovers. 

The Red Devils season so far

Crawley will remain in Sky Bet League Two next season after a run of three games unbeaten in April ensured their survival.

Having been dealt an early blow in August with the departure of former manager Harry Kewell to Notts County, Crawley appointed Italian Cioffi in September, which was only his second club outside of his homeland having been on Gianfranco Zola’s coaching staff at Birmingham City.

The Broadfield Stadium outfit are 19th in the division ahead of welcoming Tranmere down to Sussex, having secured safety last month, picking up wins at relegated Yeovil Town and Play-Off hopefuls Exeter City.

Currently on 50 points from their 45 matches played, the Red Devils have won 14, drawn eight and lost 23 in total.

One to watch

Forward Ollie Palmer has enjoyed a prolific season in front of goal for Crawley this term, scoring 16 league goals, leading their goal-scoring charts.

A native of Epsom, Surrey, Palmer began his playing career at non-league level, spending time turning out for Woking, St Albans, Boreham Wood before two-years with Havant and Waterlooville, where he scored 37 times in 69 games.

His form saw him earn a move to the EFL, signing for Mansfield Town in August 2013, remaining at Field Mill for a further two seasons, either side of a loan stint at Grimsby Town.

Palmer then returned to the south in July 2015 when he signed for Leyton Orient, scoring 12 goals in 65 appearances at Brisbane Road, as well as being loaned to Luton Town in 2017.

On the move again in June 2017, Palmer switched to Lincoln City. In one campaign at Sincil Bank, he turned out on 45 occasions and won the 2018 EFL Trophy with the Imps.

The 27-year-old signed for Crawley last summer and is the Red Devils’ top scorer.

Tickets

The SWA have been allocated 1,000 tickets for our final Sky Bet League Two game of the season at Crawley Town.

We will be housed in two stands, The People’s Pension Stand (seated) and the KR-L Stand (terrace). We have been allocated 500 tickets in each stand, with an extra 100 tickets available in the terrace and 65 in the seated area if required.

Ticket prices are as followed:

The People's Pension Stand

Adult: £20
Senior 65+: £15
U21: £13
U18: 10
U16: £4
U11: £1

KR-L Stand
Adult: £16
Senior 65+: £12
U21: £11
U18: £10
U16: £4
U11: £1

Disabled supporters pay the age category price and then receive a free carer ticket. Wheelchair users are situated in the The People's Pension Stand.

Buy tickets here: https://tickets.tygit.com/shop/options

Match Officials

Referee: Andy Haines

Assistants: Gregory Read and Paul Graham

Fourth Official: Carl Brook

Match Coverage

Can’t make it to Rovers’ final day game at Crawley Town on Saturday afternoon? Don’t worry as you can keep up with goings on at the Broadfield 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

Report: Crawley Town 3-1 Tranmere Rovers

4 May 2019

Tranmere Rovers’ final Sky Bet League Two fixture of the regular season ended in a 3-1 defeat away at Crawley Town.
 
Rovers trailed at the half-time break on a sun-kissed afternoon in Sussex, courtesy of two quick-fire strikes towards the end of the opening period from Ashley Nathaniel-George and Filipe Morais.
 
Top-scorer James Norwood halved the deficit for TRFC from a penalty early in the second-half at the Broadfield Stadium. 
 
Crawley added a third goal in stoppage time at the end of the game when Panutche Camara rounded goalkeeper Scott Davies to wrap up the scoring.
 
Tranmere Rovers boss Micky Mellon made eight changes for the game against Crawley with captain Steve McNulty, winger Ben Tollitt and David Perkins all coming into the starting line-up for the SWA.
 
Rovers, backed by a vocal away following from the Wirral, had a couple of sights on goal in the opening 20 minutes, with top league scorer James Norwood finding himself in good positions in the final third, but couldn’t find a team mate to have an effort on goal. 
 
Crawley’s David Sesay then saw two efforts from distance, but neither tested Davies.
 
The hosts led with 35 minutes played after Davies could only parry Matthew Willock’s drive as Nathaniel-George was on hand to react quickest to the rebound and convert in to the net.
 
Gabriele Cioffi’s side doubled their advantage on 42 minutes when Morais turned in from close-range right-footed beyond Davies after Joe McNerney’s ball found its way across the box.
 
Mellon’s men were back in the contest four minutes after the interval through Norwood’s spot-kick from 12-yards.
 
Jonny Smith threaded full-back Adam Buxton through on the right-side of the penalty box before bursting in to the area before being brought down by Nathaniel-George.
 
Up-stepped forward Norwood, who rolled the ball right-footed in to the bottom left-corner, sending Red Devils goalkeeper Glenn Morris the wrong way to score his 31st goal of the campaign in all competitions.
 
Aiming to restore their two-goal advantage, Crawley midfielder George Francomb sent an effort from distance narrowly wide of Davies’ post.
Industrious winger Morais later forced Davies in to a smart stop as Crawley pushed for a third.
 
Ollie Banks came off the bench and was immediately involved in the action, finding Norwood with a 40-yard lofted pass, who could only scuff his attempt from the right-side of the area which was pushed behind by Morris.
 
From the resulting corner, play dropped out to Banks on the right-edge of the box, who could only drill his attempt over the crossbar.
 
Davies then thwarted substitute Ollie Palmer after the forward had gone one on one with the stopper. 
 
Camara ensured Rovers would taste defeat on the road in the 92nd minute after beating Steve McNulty for pace to take the ball around Davies to net left-footed following a swift breakaway.
 
Tranmere conclude their first campaign back in Sky Bet League Two in sixth position and will now take on Forest Green Rovers over two-legs in the Play-Offs.
 
The first-leg will be a Friday night football clash under the Prenton Park floodlights on Friday 10th May (7:45pm kick-off) with the second-leg at the New Lawn on Monday 13th May (7:45pm kick-off).
 
TRFC: Davies, Buxton, Monthe, McNulty, Bakayogo, Smith (Banks 59) Perkins (Morris 70) Gilmour, Tollitt (Jennings 59) Dagnall, Norwood. 
Unused subs: Pilling, Ridehalgh, Pringle 

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Ticket News

Crawley Town ticket details

1 April 2019

Tranmere Rovers can confirm that we’ve been allocated an initial 1,000 tickets for our final Sky Bet League Two game of the season at Crawley Town.

We will be housed in two stands, The People’s Pension Stand (seated) and the KR-L Stand (terrace). We have been allocated 500 tickets in each stand, with an extra 100 tickets available in the terrace and 65 in the seated area if required.

Ticket prices are as follows…

The People's Pension Stand

Adult: £20

Senior 65+: £15

U21: £13

U18: 10

U16: £4

U11: £1

 

KR-L Stand: 

Adult: £16

Senior 65+: £12

U21: £11
U18: £10

U16: £4

U11: £1

Disabled supporters pay the age category price and then receive a free carer ticket. Wheelchair users are situated in the The People's Pension Stand.

Postage tickets will go off sale on Tuesday 30th April while all tickets will go off sale at 12pm on Friday 3rd May.

The points system will be used for this match and the order of sales will be as follows…

TROSC with 24 Points and a Season Card Holder – Wednesday 24th April

TROSC with any points and Season Card Holder – Thursday 25th April

Season Card Holder or TROSC with 24 points – Friday 26th and Saturday 27th April

General sale - Sunday 28th April (online sales only as Club Store closed on Sunday and reopens on Monday 29th April)

Coach travel will be available for this game and the coach will depart Prenton Park at 7:30am. You can purchase match and travel tickets here

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