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Preview: Crewe Alexandra

15 November 2018

Setting the scene….

Tranmere Rovers return to League Two action with a trip to Gresty Road for an away fixture at Crewe Alexandra.

Micky Mellon’s fourth-placed Rovers head to Crewe off the back of a 3-3 draw against Oxford City at Prenton Park in the FA Cup last Saturday, with James Norwood’s late equaliser forcing a replay this coming Tuesday. 

Having won their last two league games, Tranmere will be hopeful of maintaining their impressive form at the home of the Alex

David Artell’s Crewe are 18th in the division and will be hoping to secure their second victory over Rovers this season following their Checkatrade Trophy win at Prenton Park. 

Team news

Cole Stockton is back in training following a lay off through injury. Liam Ridehalgh is also back within the first team set up, featuring in the Cheshire Senior Cup on Wednesday night. 

The Railwaymen’s season so far

From their 17 matches in League Two so far this season, the Railwaymen have attained 19 points, collecting five wins to their name, but having lost their last four in all competitions, they will be aiming to get back on track.

Triumphs against Morecambe, Macclesfield Town, Swindon Town, Stevenage and Grimsby Town see Crewe eight points ahead of the bottom two leading into this weekend's match. 

One to watch

Striker Jordan Bowery is the man who the Tranmere defence will need to keep an eye on this Saturday.

The Nottingham-born player began his career in the youth ranks at Derby County and Chesterfield, turning professional with the latter in 2008.

Over four years with the Spireites, Bowery featured 83 times which included a brief loan stay at Non-League Barrow before he signed for then-Premier League side Aston Villa in August 2012.

Making 19 appearances for the Villa Park club, he moved to Rotherham United in August 2014 for an undisclosed fee having spent time in South Yorkshire with Doncaster Rovers earlier that year.

Netting five goals in 40 league appearances for the Millers, he left Rotherham in January 2016 after a loan stay at Bradford City.

Stints at Oxford United and Leyton Orient followed before he signed for Crewe permanently in May 2017 following a loan at Gresty Road.

The 27-year-old has since made 62 appearances for Artell’s side and leads their goal scoring charts with six this term.


Tickets for TRFC’s game away at Crewe are SOLD OUT.

Match coverage

If you aren’t heading to Gresty Road, here’s how you can keep up to date with TRFC’s progress.

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: Crewe 3-2 Tranmere

17 November 2018

Goals from James Norwood and Paul Mullin were not enough for Tranmere Rovers as they lost 3-2 away at Crewe Alexandra.

The hosts led 3-1 after Norwood initially cancelled out Callum Ainley's opener and sub Mullin grabbed a second for Rovers but we couldn't find the all important sixth goal of the game to take away a point. 

Tranmere Rovers manager Micky Mellon named Jonny Smith, Harvey Gilmour, Luke McCullough and Zoumana Bakayogo in the starting line up.

The home side started the game by moving the ball around with confidence, but the first meaningful chance went the way of the visitors.

A well worked corner routine resulted in Ollie Banks whipping a dangerous back post cross towards Norwood, but a Crewe defender managed to intercept to head over the cross bar to deny a certain goal.

On the 15 minute mark, Crewe tested our number one Scott Davies, weaving in and out, Ainley pulled the trigger inside the penalty area, but Davies was on hand to palm away.

However, Ainley found the back of the net seven minutes later to hand the hosts the lead, curling an effort past Davies from the edge of the box, even though it took a heavy deflection on its way through.

TRFC nearly responded immediately through midfielder Banks, from 25-yards he unleashed a shot which stung Ben Garratt’s palms.

At the other end, Davies pulled off a world class save to deny a fantastic 40-yard strike from Crewe skipper Perry Ng.

Tranmere were persistent, and it paid off with five minutes of the half remaining, top goal scorer Norwood found space within the Crewe defence and created a chance out of nothing, catching Garratt off guard as the ball slipped into the far corner.

The same man could have put TRFC ahead at the break, driving forward, he fired just wide from the left channel as the visitors confidence started to grow.

Nine minutes into the second half, Crewe restored their lead as Ainley drove the ball past Davies inside the penalty area.

On the hour mark, Larnell Cole was introduced from the bench in place of Gilmour as Mellon looked for a way back into the contest.

Crewe extended their advantage in the 66th minute as Kirk volleyed home from eight yards out to give Rovers a real mountain to climb. Tranmere’s second change saw Mullin introduced for Smith with 20 minutes remaining on referee Carl Boyeson’s clock.

And Mullin struck from the bench once again with ten minutes to go to make it a nervy ending to the game for Crewe. The TRFC number nine was in the right place to connect with Banks’ half volley cross from the right hand side.

However, Tranmere were not able to find a break through and are now next in action on Tuesday night in an FA Cup replay at Oxford City. 

Tranmere: Davies, Caprice, McNulty ©, Monthe, Bakayogo, Smith (Mullin (72), Banks, McCullough, Gilmour (Cole 59), Jennings, Norwood. Unused subs: George, Buxton, Sutton, Mottley-Henry.

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Ticket News

Crewe Alexandra tickets sold out

12 November 2018

We have now sold out all of our allocated tickets for our away fixture at Crewe Alexandra on Saturday 17th November.

Thank you for your brilliant support, as always!

Our next home fixture is against Oldham Athletic on Saturday 24th November, you can get your tickets for that game by clicking here

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