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Match Preview: Accrington Stanley

6 December 2019

Setting the scene…

Tranmere Rovers host Accrington Stanley at Prenton Park in their third consecutive home fixture on Saturday afternoon, kick-off 3pm.

Micky Mellon’s men welcome John Coleman’s Stanley to the Wirral in Sky Bet League One.

Rovers will be aiming for a third straight win in all competitions after beating Manchester United U21s 3-2 in the Trophy on Wednesday night following on from a 5-1 victory over Chichester City in the Emirates FA Cup last Sunday.

Meanwhile, Accrington head into the game after putting seven past Bolton Wanderers in a 7-1 triumph at the Wham Stadium last time out.

Tranmere could move up to 16th should they earn three points and if results go their way this weekend.

Team news

Rushian Hepburn-Murphy is doubtful after being stretchered off on Wednesday with a leg injury, which is less serious than first feared.

Cameron Borthwick-Jackson has returned to parent club Manchester United for treatment on a hip injury.

Mark Ellis, Evan Gumbs, Ishmael Miller, Harvey Gilmour and Ollie Banks all remain injured. 

One to Watch

Nottingham-born forward Colby Bishop leads Accrington Stanley’s goal scoring charts so far this season, with nine to his name.

The 23-year-old signed for the East Lancashire outfit back in July and has since gone onto impress in his first few months at the Wham Stadium.

Bishop started out at hometown club Notts County, turning professional at Meadow Lane prior to dropping down to Non-League level where he turned out for Gloucester City, Worcester City, Boston United and Leamington.

Signing for Accrington in an undisclosed fee in the summer, Bishop will be one to watch out for on Saturday.

Match Officials

Referee: Tony Harrington

Assistant referees: Timothy Wood and Mark Dwyer

Fourth Official: James Wilson


We want the SWA to Pack the Park as we host Accrington, so get down and support Micky and the lads this Saturday.

Tickets start from the below prices:

Adult: £19

Senior (65+): £12

Young Persons (18-22): £12

U18s: £6

U12s accompanied: £2

To buy tickets for TRFC vs Accrington and upcoming matches, please CLICK HERE.

Past Meetings

From their eight matches where they have come up against Stanley to date, Rovers have won five, drawn one and lost two of their competitive games.

Match Coverage

The SWA can listen to uninterrupted match commentary of Tranmere Rovers’ home clash with Accrington Stanley through an iFollow audio match pass on Saturday.

Your TRFC Radio match day commentary team of Phill Wilkinson, Rob Edwards and Adam Siddorn will guide you through events at Prenton Park alongside Club legend Dave Higgins.

iFollow Tranmere is the only place you can listen to devoted TRFC coverage and if you sign-up, you can watch exclusive behind the scenes content, interviews and match highlights.

An audio match pass on iFollow costs just £2.50! 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


Did you know?

Rovers first played Accrington back in September 2008, a fixture which TRFC won 1-0 at Prenton Park in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy.

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Match Reports

Tranmere Rovers 1-1 Accrington Stanley

7 December 2019

Kieron Morris' volley secured Tranmere Rovers 1-1 draw against Accrington Stanley at Prenton Park in Sky Bet League One on Saturday afternoon.

Rovers were behind when Sean McConville struck from close-range 18 minutes into the clash before Scott Davies was forced off midway through the half, being replaced by Luke Pilling.

Morris pulled Tranmere level towards the end of the opening following Corey Blackett-Taylor’s cross, which earned a point.

Manager Micky Mellon made two changes to his starting line-up from last Sunday’s Emirates FA Cup victory over Chichester City, with Neil Danns and Connor Jennings coming in for Darren Potter and Rushian Hepburn-Murphy.

Accrington began on the front foot. Davies was kept busy early on, thwarting efforts from Sadou Diallo and Colby Bishop.

John Coleman’s visitors were in front when a corner from the right was not cleared, with midfielder McConville profiting from a scramble in the penalty area to prod past Davies into the bottom right-corner from a matter of yards.

Pushing for an equaliser as they attacked the Argyle Satellite Taxis Kop, Tranmere couldn’t find a route to goal, with Jennings striking wide, which Jake Caprice’s flighted pass aimed for Morgan Ferrier was scrambled to safety.

Just after the half-hour, captain Davies had to be substituted, going down immediately, holding his calf, having caught a cross from a corner.

Welsh youth international Pilling came on in his place to make his EFL debut for the Club.

Rovers’ leveller came when Blackett-Taylor’s cross from the right was met by Morris, who drove his left-footed volley into the bottom right-corner past Stanley goalkeeper Dimitar Evtimov.

Pilling was called into action shortly later, making an excellent double save as he got down low to his left to deny McConville, before blocking Harvey Rodgers’ follow up.

There was still time for Blackett-Taylor to have a shot on target, which was comfortable for Evtimov.

Early on after the restart, Mellon’s men were denied claims for a penalty kick after Blackett-Taylor burst into the box, turning his marker, and being pushed to the turf, but referee Tony Harrington waved home protests away.

Morris’ free-kick from 25-yards beat the wall, however, Evtimov was equal to the set-piece.

Up the other end, Dion Charles glanced over the crossbar and into the Argyle Satellite Taxis Kop from a left-sided free-kick.

On the hour, forward Ferrier thumped a powerful strike straight at Evtimov from the edge of the box after Danns’ headed pass to his feet.

Sid Nelson later floated a free-kick into the path of Manny Monthe, which was claimed by Stanley’s Bulgarian stopper.

With 10 minutes to play on a crisp Wirral afternoon, Jordan Clark beat Liam Ridehalgh down the left to break into the box. His cross looped over Pilling and kissed the crossbar prior to bouncing out of play.

Hepburn-Murphy was introduced in the closing stages, replacing Ferrier, but Rovers could not find the goal that they needed to turn one point into three.

Next up for TRFC is a visit to Lincoln City on Saturday 14th December.

TRFC: Davies © (Pilling 32) Caprice, Nelson, Monthe, Ridehalgh, Morris, (Woods 85) Perkins, Danns, Jennings, Blackett-Taylor, Ferrier

Subs not used: Potter, Maddox, Mullin, Payne

Attendance: 5,751

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