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Preview: Grimsby Town

26 November 2018

Setting the scene…

It’s a trip to Lincolnshire for Tranmere Rovers on Tuesday night for a Sky Bet League Two fixture away at Grimsby Town.

Micky Mellon’s Rovers had to settle for a point against Oldham Athletic at Prenton Park on Saturday after Connor Jennings’ second-half equaliser earned a 1-1 draw to keep Tranmere in the Play-Off places.

Grimsby also played out a draw on Saturday, with their game away at Northampton Town ending in a 2-2 stalemate, a result which halted Michael Jolley’s Mariners three-match losing run on the road.

Harry Cardwell’s late equaliser ensured ten-man Town left Sixfields with something, with the result seeing them in 20thposition heading into Tuesday’s contest at Blundell Park.

Team news

Larnell Cole could be in contention to return to the first team after missing Saturday’s game. Otherwise Micky Mellon has a full team to select from for the game.

The Mariners season so far

From their 19 fixtures played so far, Jolley’s side have won five times, as they look to put a run together and climb up the division as they sit currently in 19th spot.

Wins against Macclesfield Town, Carlisle United, Port Vale, Colchester United and Crawley Town over the first three months of the campaign have been sandwiched in between four draws and 10 defeats.

Three points for Grimsby on Tuesday could see them move up a place should results go their way.

One to watch

Wes Thomas leads the way for Grimsby in the goal-scoring charts this season, so TRFC will need to keep an eye on him.

An experienced striker across the EFL, Thomas began his playing career in the youth set-ups at Queens Park Rangers before going onto play at Non-League level with Waltham Forest, Thurrock and Fisher Athletic.

He made his EFL debut with Dagenham and Redbridge in 2008, spending time on loan with Grays Athletic and Rushden and Diamonds in that time.

Cheltenham Town secured Thomas’ services in 2010, where he scored 18 goals before stints at Crawley Town, AFC Bournemouth, Portsmouth, Blackpool, Birmingham City, Rotherham United, Swindon Town, Bradford City prior to a two-year stay at Oxford United which saw him net 13 goals in 50 appearances at the Kassam Stadium.

The Londoner, now 31-years-old, signed for Grimsby back in August and has scored three times following his transfer to Lincolnshire.

The referee

Darren Drysdale will oversee Tranmere’s visit to Blundell Park on Tuesday.

Lincolnshire-based Drysdale has refereed 18 matches across the EFL this term, brandishing 66 yellow cards alongside three red ones.

David Benton and Geoffrey Liddle will run the line while Wayne Grunnill is the fourth official.


Tickets and travel for Grimsby away at Blundell Park are available to purchase online.

For full details, click here

Match coverage

If you are not making the journey across to cheer on TRFC away at Grimsby Town, there are plenty of ways that you can keep up with their 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: Grimsby 5-2 Tranmere

27 November 2018

Tranmere Rovers fell to a 5-2 defeat at Grimsby Town on Tuesday night despite two good goals from strike pair James Norwood and Paul Mullin.

TRFC made one change from the draw against Oldham Athletic, Harvey Gilmour replacing Ollie Banks, who missed out through injury at Blundell Park.

Rovers started on the front foot against Town and were dominating proceedings and their early pressure paid off as Norwood scored his 16th goal of the season in the tenth minute.

The centre forward was played through on goal after an excellent pass from Luke McCullough to go one on one with the keeper. With James McKeown racing out of his goal, Norwood calmly lifted the ball over Grimsby’s number one to give Mellon’s side the lead.

Tranmere continued to control the game, but the hosts thought they had equalised in the 24th minute when Wes Thomas bundled the ball home from a corner, but the striker was correctly ruled offside.

Two minutes later, Rovers and Norwood thought they had their second. A low cross from Jake Caprice was left cleverly by Mullin for strike partner Norwood to take the strike, but a strong hand from McKeown pushed the ball away for a corner kick.

In the 33rd minute, Grimsby pulled the score level as Clifton grabbed his first goal for the Mariners. The Town academy graduate headed home Charles Verman’s cross to tie proceedings.

But Tranmere didn’t let their heads drop, and still looked positive moving forward as Mullin had a great chance but was unable to test the goalkeeper.

At the other end, Grimsby’s Clifton was denied by Scott Davies from close range with a left footed strike as both teams now looked for the all-important third goal of the game.  

And it was the Mariners that found the goal as the game changed within a matter of minutes as Thomas squeezed the ball despite strong claims of handball from the TRFC players with 40 minutes on the clock.

Into the second half, skipper Steve McNulty was replaced by fellow defender Ritchie Sutton. The game became a more difficult task for TRFC three minutes into the second half, as Davis slotted past Rovers keeper Davies after a goal mouth scramble.

Grimsby had another couple of half chances before Mellon made his second change, Dylan Mottley Henry replaced by Larnell Cole.

In the 64th minute, Tranmere pulled a goal back and it was a wonder strike by number nine Mullin. The forward, as he has done so well this season, collected the ball on the left, cut inside and bent a beauty of a strike into the top near corner.  

With 18 minutes left, Zoumana Bakayogo was replaced by Liam Ridehalgh as Rovers pushed for a deserved equaliser.

Ridehalgh’s impact was immediate, a left hand side free-kick was dangerously swung in, the ball was cleared but only to Norwood, and his shot deflected off Gilmour and just wide.

However, the game was put out of reach for Tranmere with just less than ten minutes to play, Mitch Rose scoring from the penalty spot after mistimed slide tackle by a Rovers defender.

Norwood looked for a third and a lifeline for Tranmere as Jennings found space in the midfield to slip the striker in but his effort couldn’t test the goalkeeper.

As Rovers pushed, Grimsby scored a fifth on what turned out to be a tough night to take as Elliot Embleton latched onto a through ball and weaved his way through the visitors defence before finishing past Davies.

Rovers will now be looking to respond on Sunday when they host Southport in the FA Cup, 2pm kick-off at Prenton Park.

Davies, Caprice, McNulty (Sutton 46), Monthe, Bakyaogo (Ridehalgh 72), Mottley Henry (Cole 60), Gilmour, McCullough, Jennings, Norwood, Mullin. Unused subs: George, Stockton, Harris, Smith.

Attendance: 3,293 (203 away fans)

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Ticket News

Grimsby Town ticket details

19 November 2018

Tickets for our away game at Grimsby Town on Tuesday 27th November are now on sale. 

Rovers fans will be housed in the Osmond Stand

Prices are as follows:

Adults: £19

Seniors (65+): £12

Students (With a valid NUS Card): £12

Young Adult (15-18): £12

Juniors Unaccompanied (12-14 Years): £7

Juniors Accompanied (14 and under): £5


Supporters can pay on the night, however, all adult and concession prices will increase by £2 on the gate.

Tickets will go off sale on Monday 26th at 5pm and postage sales will end on Thursday 22nd November.

You can purchase your tickets in store, over the phone (0333 014 4452), or online here

Official coach travel is also available for this fixture. It will depart from Prenton Park at 2:30pm. You can buy your tickets here

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