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Match Preview: Carlisle United

14 October 2021

Tranmere Rovers are back on the road this weekend, making the trip to Brunton Park to play Carlisle United in Sky Bet League Two.

Micky Mellon’s side were winners last Friday night, with Josh Hawkes and Peter Clarke on the scoresheet in a 2-0 win over Colchester United. Rovers go into the trip to Cumbria having only conceded once in four league games.

Tickets information for this fixture can be found here

Team News

In his Thursday press conference, Micky Mellon confirmed a clean bill of health within his squad with the exception of Scott Davies.

One to Watch

Jon Mellish

Born in South Shields, Jon Mellish began his footballing journey at Gateshead, and made his debut for the club during the 2016/17 season.

He spent a brief time on loan at non-league side Newcastle Benfield, before returning to the Tynesiders’ first-team.

Mellish then made the move into the Football League, signing for Carlisle United. During his time with the club, he has played in both defence and in midfield.

In 11 League Two games so far this season, the 24-year-old has scored two goals.

Caretaker Manager

Gavin Skelton

After the sacking of Chris Beech earlier this week, Gavin Skelton will be taking temporary charge of Carlisle.

As a player, Skelton played for a number of clubs, including Carlisle, Workington, Gretna, Kilmarnock, and Hamilton, amongst others. Eventually going into coaching.

In a coaching capacity, Skelton spent time as player-manager at Workington and Queen of the South, and later had a brief spell at the former as manager.

The 40-year-old joined Carlisle as assistant manager in June 2019, and has worked as caretaker for the club briefly in the same year.

Match Coverage

TRFC Radio will be in position to provide live full match commentary on proceedings at Prenton Park.

Audio passes are available for just £2.50 by clicking here. Every pass purchased benefits Tranmere Rovers.

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

Match reaction from Micky Mellon and a player will follow on our website and YouTube channel.

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Match Reports

Report: Carlisle 0-1 Tranmere

16 October 2021

Tranmere Rovers recorded their first away league win of the season with a deserved 1-0 win at Carlisle United.

The match winning moment came via an own goal early in the second half, but Rovers, backed by 899 away supporters, made it six games unbeaten in League Two, winning five of those matches. 

Micky Mellon named an unchanged line up and bench from our last game against Colchester United eight days ago.

Tranmere had the ball in the net after three minutes when Foley converted a free-kick from Kieron Morris after a Peter Clarke knockdown, but the linesman ruled for offside straight away, no complaints from the team in yellow.

Carlisle had their first attempt on target in the fifth minute as Zach Clough got on the end of a loose ball in the Tranmere penalty area, but Ross Doohan pushed the ball to safety.

The 23 minutes that followed saw both teams have half chances, without either Doohan or United shot stopper, Mark Howard, who was making his debut, tested.

In the 28th minute, however, former Liverpool man Jay Spearing, looking for his first goal of the season, took aim from 25-yards, but he shot straight down the throat of the goalkeeper, resulting in a comfortable save.

Hawkes, a real threat for Rovers on the left channel, cut inside and escaped the attention of Corey Whelan but his long range shot was too high and over the cross bar.

Tranmere kicked off the second half in emphatic fashion, and as we did three years ago, we took the lead at Brunton Park courtesy of an own goal from Carlisle after a Rovers cross was slid into their own goal by a United player. The cross came from Kieron Morris this time around and Rod McDonald with the own goal.

Carlisle nearly hit back immediately but denied by a world class save by Doohan, the on loan Celtic shot stopper getting down to make a point blank save from Jon Mellish.

Tranmere were handed a glorious opportunity to double their lead in the 54th minute when Hawkes was hacked down in the penalty box. Morris, who put the cross in for the goal, stepped up for Rovers but his penalty was saved by Howard.

With nearly 1,000 Tranmere fans in attendance in Cumbria, Rovers had to make sure they didn’t let Carlisle gain momentum from their penalty save, and Mellish again went close for the hosts, just missing the bottom right hand corner from 25-yards with Doohan stretching.

In the 65th minute, the away support did a round of applause for TRFC steward Phil Haynes, who sadly passed away on Friday evening.

Rovers made their first change with 72 on the clock, as Hawkes came off for Liam Feeney. In the 76th minute, Lee O’Connor came on for Morris.

Looking for his fourth league goal in three matches, Clarke got on the end of a Feeney free-kick but he couldn’t get any power on his attempt to test the goalkeeper.

Tranmere nearly put the game to bed with eight minutes remaining as Foley raced through on goal but with three United defenders around him and a tight angle, Howard was able to make the save.

Tranmere’s third change occurred in the 88th minute as Ryan Watson replaced Calum McManaman. Mellon's men held on for all three points to seal a first win on the road in the league, a thoroughly professional display from start to finish. 

Tranmere: Doohan, Cogley, Davies, Clarke, MacDonald, Spearing, Foley, Morris (O’Connor 76), McManaman (Watson 88), Nevitt, Hawkins (Feeney 72). Unused subs: Murphy, Knight-Percival, Maynard, Duffy.

Tickets for Tranmere Rovers’ home match against Northampton Town on Saturday 23rd October are now on sale via


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Ticket News

Carlisle United ticket details

11 October 2021

Tickets for our away game against Carlisle United on Saturday 16th October are now on sale.

We have been given an initial allocation of 700 tickets in the Pioneer Foods Stand.

Prices are as follows:

Adults: £19

Senior (65+): £16

Young person (18-22): £13

Junior (11-17): £10

Family junior (11-17): £8

You can purchase a maximum of two family junior tickets for every one adult ticket. Or you can purchase a maximum of one family junior ticket for every one senior ticket purchased.

Child (U10s): £7

Child (U6s): Free

Wheelchair users: £4

Wheelchair carer: Free

Pay on the day will be available from the away ticket office from 1:30pm. Any uncollected pre paid tickets will also be available to collect from the away ticket office from this time.

Parking is available on a first come first serve basis. £3 cash only by the away turnstiles

Coach travel is also available for this fixture which departs Prenton Park from 10:30am.

Adults: £26

Adult members: £24

Concessions: £24

Concession members: £22


Tickets are available from TRFC Store or online by clicking here.

Tickets will be available to collect from TRFC Store. Any tickets not collected will be sent to Carlisle to be collected at the stadium.

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