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Match Preview: Bolton Wanderers

15 August 2019

Setting the scene…

Tranmere Rovers return to Sky Bet League One action at Prenton Park on Saturday afternoon when they welcome North West rivals Bolton Wanderers to the Wirral, 3pm kick-off.

Micky Mellon’s men will be aiming to earn their first win of the new season against the Trotters having suffered a 3-0 home defeat to Hull City in the Carabao Cup first-round on Tuesday night.

Phil Parkinson’s Greater Manchester side head into the fixture also searching for their opening victory.

Wanderers, who are currently in administration and on -11 points, were beaten 5-2 away at Rochdale in their Carabao Cup outing.

Team News:

Boss Mellon will be without Jake Caprice, (ankle) Mark Ellis, (knee) Evan Gumbs (ACL) and Ishmael Miller (hamstring) for the visit of Bolton.

Midfielder Jacob Maddox is in line to make his TRFC debut on Saturday after recently signing on a loan deal from Chelsea.

One to Watch

Romanian midfielder Dennis Politic came through the age groups at Bolton as he made his debut in their opening day defeat at Wycombe Wanderers.

Born in Brasov, Politic was in the youth ranks of SR Brasov before moving to England in August 2012, linking up with Manchester United’s academy and later switching to his current club.

Signing his first professional contract in 2018, Politic was loaned to Salford City last term, playing nine games in the National League.

The 19-year-old has featured twice for Bolton in Sky Bet League One this term.


Fancy coming down to Prenton Park to cheer Micky and the lads on as TRFC host North West rivals Bolton Wanderers?

Tickets for the SWA are on sale and start from the below prices:

Adult: £19

Senior (65+): £12

Young Persons (18-22): £12

U18s: £6

U12s accompanied: £2

Match Day tickets for Tranmere Rovers vs Bolton Wanderers can be purchased either in person in the Club Shop or online by CLICKING HERE.

Past Meetings:

In total, TRFC have won 10, drawn 10 and lost 16 against Bolton.

The last fixture between the two sides was a League Cup tie in August 2013, with Tranmere winning on penalties after a 1-1 draw at Prenton Park. 

Match Coverage

TRFC Radio’s commentary team of Phil Wilkinson, Adam Siddorn and Rob Edwards will guide you through all the action at Prenton Park on Saturday afternoon.

Supporters can sign up to the revamped iFollow Tranmere to listen to uninterrupted commentary of the match against Bolton Wanderers.

To sign up and to find out more details about iFollow Tranmere, 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

Did you know?

Tranmere will play Bolton at league level for the first time since the 2000/2001 campaign when both clubs competed in the First Division. 

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Match Reports

Tranmere 5-0 Bolton

17 August 2019

Tranmere Rovers secured their first Sky Bet League One victory of the season in emphatic fashion as they beat North West rivals Bolton Wanderers 5-0 at Prenton Park on Saturday afternoon.

In the first meeting at league level since 2001, Rovers dominated from start to finish on a sun-kissed day on the Wirral, with forward Morgan Ferrier inspiring the victory with a double in front of over 8,000 fans at Prenton Park.

Rovers struck two decisive goals in two minutes late in the first-half through Ollie Banks and Ferrier.

Ferrier doubled his tally a minute following the restart with a low finish prior to forward Connor Jennings getting in on the act just past the hour, driving home from eight-yards out.

Substitute Stefan Payne later added a fifth in the final 15 minutes when Paul Mullin’s shot deflected off his back, to notch his first goal in Tranmere colours since arriving earlier this summer which capped off a perfect home performance.  

Manager Micky Mellon made one change to his side from Tuesday’s Carabao Cup tie with Hull City as Connor Jennings replaced Darren Potter in the starting line-up.

Rovers were almost in front within three minutes when Banks’ cross from the right almost caught out Bolton goalkeeper Remi Matthews, who managed to just tip the ball over the crossbar.

Kane Wilson was the next Tranmere man to have a go at goal, but when well-positioned on the right-side of the box after being played through by Kieron Morris on the overlap, he sliced his attempt into the travelling supporters.

Mellon’s men were enjoying the better of the opening stages, with Matthews’ dropping to his right to keep out Morris’ low drive from the edge of the penalty area.

TRFC led through Banks with 38 minutes played, who latched onto Morris’ pass to power a right-footed shot from the right side of the box high past Matthews and into the top right-corner.

Rovers’ second of the afternoon came on 40 minutes after the ball dropped to Ferrier inside the six-yard box after Morris’ corner from the right to poke in right-footed beyond Matthews and into the bottom left-corner.

Up the other end, Phil Parkinson’s Trotters went close through James Weir’s free-kick, which saw Scott Davies called into action to tip his set-piece over.

Tranmere made a quick-fire start after the break as Ferrier scored his second with 46 minutes on the clock, nutmegging his marker to shoot left-footed across goal from the right-side of the box and into the bottom left-corner.

In response, Bolton midfielder Weir saw another free-kick, this time from the edge of Rovers’ box go over the top of Davies’ bar.

Rovers were rampant and went four goals up after 63 minutes. Winger Morris charged into the box from the right flank to feed Jennings, who from eight-yards out, drove right-footed that went under Matthews’ dive.

Tranmere’s fifth of a scintillating display in front of the SWA came when two substitutes combined after 75 minutes gone, as Mullin’s goal-bound effort deflected off Payne’s back to wrong-foot Matthews and find its way into the back of the net.

Mullin nearly added a sixth but was thwarted well by Matthews’ stop from a tight angle as Tranmere earned their first three-points in the third-tier in style.

Next up for Rovers is a trip to the Memorial Stadium on Tuesday night as they visit Bristol Rovers in Sky Bet League One aiming for a second straight win, 7:45pm kick-off.

TRFC: Davies, Ridehalgh, Ray, Monthe, Wilson (Nelson 83), Morris, Perkins, Banks, Blackett-Taylor (Payne 65) Jennings, Ferrier (Mullin 58)

Subs not used: Pilling,  Potter, Ponticelli, Gilmour

Attendance: 8,568

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