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21 December 2019 Venue Prenton Park Attendance

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Match Preview: AFC Wimbledon

20 December 2019

Setting the scene…

Tranmere Rovers host AFC Wimbledon in their penultimate home fixture of 2019 at Prenton Park on Saturday afternoon, kick-off 3pm.

Micky Mellon’s men will be aiming to return to winning ways against the Dons following on from a narrow defeat away to Lincoln City.

Standing in their way are Glyn Hodges’ side, who beat Doncaster Rovers 2-1 at Kingsmeadow last time out.

Team news

Corey Blackett-Taylor is suspended for the visit of AFC Wimbledon after being sent off against Lincoln.

Captain Scott Davies, Mark Ellis, Evan Gumbs, Ishmael Miller, Harvey Gilmour, Cameron Borthwick-Jackson and Ollie Banks all remain out.

Morgan Ferrier is available after a calf injury.

One to watch

Finland U21 international Marcus Forss has impressed during his loan stay at AFC Wimbledon from Sky Bet Championship outfit Brentford.

Forss has been on target regularly for the Dons this term, leading the club’s goal scoring charts in the process with ten goals to his name so far.

Forss was in the academy system at West Bromwich Albion before moving onto Brentford, turning professional with the Bees in 2018.

He has made eight league appearances in the second-tier for his parent side, prior to his temporary switch to Kingsmeadow in the summer.

And the 20-year-old has become a key member of AFC Wimbledon's squad this term.

Match Officials

Referee: Scott Oldham

Alix Pashley and Wade Smith

Fourth Official: Edward Duckworth

Tickets

Come down and back Micky and the lads as we welcome AFC Wimbledon to the Wirral.

Tickets start from the below prices:

Adult: £19

Senior (65+): £12

Young Persons (18-22): £12

U18s: £6

U12s accompanied: £2

To purchase your match tickets for Saturday and upcoming games, please CLICK HERE

Past Meetings

Rovers have only met twice before with AFC Wimbledon, as both games came in 2014/15.

Match Coverage

The SWA can listen to uninterrupted match commentary of Tranmere Rovers’ home clash with AFC Wimbledon 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?

The two teams play each other at third-tier level for the first time this weekend.

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Match Reports

Report: Tranmere 1-0 AFC Wimbledon

21 December 2019

Rushian Hepburn-Murphy’s first-half goal secured Tranmere Rovers a 1-0 home win over AFC Wimbledon at Prenton Park on Saturday.

Hepburn-Murphy struck just before the half-hour mark to give Rovers a deserved triumph on a crisp Wirral winter afternoon.

The result moves Tranmere onto 20 points in the Sky Bet League One table, to give the SWA an early Christmas present.

Manager Micky Mellon made just the one change from last weekend’s game at Lincoln City, as Morgan Ferrier came in for the suspended Corey Blackett-Taylor.

Midfielder David Perkins led out Rovers wearing the armband in the absence of Scott Davies.

Rovers engineered the first chance of the contest inside five minutes. Connor Jennings teed up Kieron Morris to unleash a powerful strike which forced Dons goalkeeper Nathan Trott to tip over his own crossbar.

Up the other end, the visitors threatened through Callum Reilly’s long-range low drive from 25-yards, which Aaron Chapman did well to get down to his left to turn the ball away for a corner.

From the resulting corner kick, captain Joe Pigott headed straight at Chapman, in what was a comfortable stop for the stopper on loan from Peterborough United.

Tranmere looked to assert their early pressure, going close again when Jake Caprice crossed from the right side of the penalty area, but Hepburn-Murphy steered his header over.

Rovers were in front on 28 minutes courtesy of Hepburn-Murphy, who bundled in right-footed from six-yards following a goal mouth scramble after Trott had thwarted Jennings when a set-piece wasn’t cleared.

Buoyed by their opener, Tranmere nearly doubled their advantage. Neil Danns receiving Perkins’ pass to strike with the outside of his boot, which went narrowly past the bottom left-hand post.

Searching for an equaliser, Glyn Hodges’ outfit had efforts from Pigott and frontman Marcus Forss go begging.

Morris as well Hepburn-Murphy both tried their luck from distance, neither testing Trott.

Play resumed for the second-half, and the away side upped their tempo.

Firstly, Terell Thomas glanced his looping header past the upright, while Chapman had to hold onto Mitchell Pinnock’s well-struck effort along the turf.

Rovers’ left-back Liam Ridehalgh twice had to divert danger away after deep crosses, which saw the hosts come under pressure.

Sid Nelson helped preserve Rovers’ position through a fantastic tackle inside the box on Pigott after a through ball had made its way into a dangerous position.

Hepburn-Murphy later thumped a shot into the side-netting from the right-hand side of the box.

On the hour, Tranmere had a great opportunity to make it two, but having been fed by Hepburn-Murphy, Danns was denied by Trott from eight yards out.

Paul Mullin replaced Ferrier as Mellon made his first change of the afternoon on 68 minutes to freshen up the attack.

In the closing 20 minutes, Jennings’ low cross from the right went through a crowd of players, landing for Hepburn-Murphy, who hit a first-time shot off target.

Hepburn-Murphy was then kept out by Trott in a one-on-one situation, prior to Jennings smashing the crossbar.

Chapman was called into action as he watched Reilly’s bobbling strike to safely collect it in his grasp.

Darren Potter was later introduced for Danns while Morris came off for Calum Woods, with Tranmere looking to see the game out.

And Rovers claimed a big victory ahead of a Boxing Day trip to Burton Albion, 3pm kick-off. And don't forget the game is available to watch live on iFollow. To subscribe, please CLICK HERE with a match pass for the game just £10. 

TRFC: Chapman, Caprice, Nelson, Monthe, Ridehalgh, Morris (Woods 87), Danns (Potter 83), Perkins ©, Jennings, Ferrier (Mullin 67), Hepburn-Murphy

Subs not used: Pilling,  Ray, Ponticelli, Payne

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Ticket News

Let's Pack The Park this Saturday!

17 December 2019

Tranmere Rovers have two home games left in 2019, starting with AFC Wimbledon on Saturday afternoon, and we need the SWA to Pack the Park for the 3pm kick-off.

2019 has seen crowds of over 9,000 watch Rovers in action at home, and now we are calling on the SWA to do it all again as we aim for a big attendance against the Dons.

Throughout this year and the first half of the 2019/20 season, the SWA have proved to be the 12th man both home and away, backing the lads from start to finish.

And with AFC Wimbledon visiting the Wirral in Rovers’ last match before Christmas, it is the perfect time for a festive family day out watching TRFC.

Tickets for U12s start from just £2, while adult prices begin from only £19 – so make sure you don’t miss out on affordable and live football.

With plenty of community activities, Prenton Park is the ideal setting to spend your Saturday.

Manager Micky Mellon said: “The fans have supported us all season home and away. We have two games left at Prenton Park this year, and we want to end 2019 on a high.

“The fans play an important role, and they will do so again on Saturday.”

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

Buy tickets for Saturday and upcoming TRFC fixtures by CLICKING HERE.

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