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Match Preview: Grimsby Town

20 April 2023

Tranmere Rovers look to return to winning ways as Grimsby Town visit Prenton Park this Saturday afternoon.

Standing in Tranmere’s way though are Grimsby Town – a side who are unbeaten in three games.

Town, who got to the FA Cup Quarter Finals last month, look to finish as high up in the table as possible, sitting 12th, just a point above Tranmere, with a game in hand.

Ian Dawes’ Rovers come into the game after a 2-2 draw in mid-week at Rochdale – where two late goals kept Dale in Sky Bet League Two, at least for another few days.

One To Watch: Harry Clifton

Harry Clifton, born in Grimsby, is a midfielder for Grimsby Town – the top scorer for the club in the 2022/23 season.

Town’s number 15 has made 161 appearances so far for the Mariners – scoring 15 goals since his first professional contract back in 2015.

Clifton has made 6 appearances for Wales U21s – before making his first professional appearance for Grimsby, which was in 2017.

Clifton signed a new 2-year deal with Saturday’s visitors in June 2022, lasting until summer 2024.

The midfielder has scored 9 goals and had 4 assists in 49 appearances in all competitions this season – leading the line as Grimsby’s top scorer.

The Manager: Paul Hurst

Hurst began his footballing career as a player for Rotherham United – where he signed his first professional contract in 1993, aged 19 – featuring as a left back.

Hurst went on to make 438 appearances for the Millers, scoring 13 goals from the defence – solidifying himself as a legend at the New York Stadium.

He went out on loan to Burton Albion, who were in the conference at the time, to regain fitness after a lengthy injury. Despite being offered a trial at Mansfield Town following being released from Rotherham in 2008, he turned it down to pursue a career in management.

Hurst started his management career at Northern Premier League Premier Division outfit, Ilkeston Town, in January 2009 as joint manager with former Rotherham team mate, Rob Scott – leading the team to promotion to the Conference North in 2009 in their first season.

Scott and Hurst made the move to Boston United in the summer of 2009 – also gaining promotion and completing the treble in the 2009-10 season – NPL Challenge Cup, League Play-Off Final and the Lincolnshire Senior Shield.

The pair moved to Grimsby Town in 2011, before Rob Scott parted ways with Town – leading Paul Hurst to take the team alone. Hurst led the team to promotion from the National League in the play-off final at Wembley, with a 3-1 win over Forest Green Rovers.

Stints at Shrewsbury Town came in 2016, after Micky Mellon departed to become manager of Tranmere Rovers – and short spells at Ipswich Town and Scunthorpe United – all of which ended relatively unsuccessfully.

Hurst returned to Blundell Park in 2020, but despite his best efforts, Town were relegated again to the National League. In the first attempt, they bounced back up to League Two, with the Mariners beating Notts County this summer in the play-off final at the London Stadium. Hurst signed a new contract in September to keep him at Grimsby for the foreseeable future.

Hurst has managed 698 career matches – winning 325 and drawing 177 – meaning his win percentage is 46.6%.

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Match Reports

Rochdale 2-2 Tranmere Rovers

18 April 2023

A late equaliser saw Rochdale steal a point at the death on Tuesday evening at the Crown Oil Arena. 

Tranmere took the lead in the first half after a mistake from Rochdale stopper Richard O'Donnell saw him put into his own net, before Josh Hawkes doubled Rovers’ lead from the spot. Danny Lloyd pulled one back, and Ethan Ebanks-Landell headed in during stoppage time to snatch a point. 

Rovers had the first sighting of a chance early in the contest when Harvey Saunders fizzed the ball into the box after a threaded ball from Kane Hemmings, but the home side cleared their lines. 

Saunders popped up on the left of the box again several minutes later, but his ball across the face of goal was slightly too heavy for Josh Hawkes to latch onto. 

Tranmere continued to threaten down their left-hand side and Ethan Bristow saw a low cross cleared after resisting some pressure from the hosts. 

Rovers took the lead on 19 minutes after a defensive mix-up from Rochdale saw home goalkeeper Richard O’Donnell let a backpass slip under his foot and into the back of his net. 

Jay Turner-Cooke, returning to the starting line-up, played a lofted ball through to Saunders as Tranmere looked to extend their lead but the striker couldn’t quite reach it before it drifted out of play. 

The whites continued to threaten down the left, Bristow sending in a ball which Saunders headed towards goal, but O’Donnell tipped it around the post for a corner which Rochdale cleared. 

Rochdale had a great chance to level the game on the half-hour mark after they were awarded a free kick on the left of the box, but Mateusz Hewelt saw a header hit his crossbar before catching the rebound. 

Rovers responded by going up the other end of the pitch and striking the woodwork themselves, Rhys Hughes striking from the edge of the box after a tidy turn to lose his defender. 

The away pressure continued when Saunders went on the run and found space for himself inside the Rochdale box, forcing a smart save out of O’Donnell. 

Saunders had another great chance to double Rovers’ lead heading into half time after Josh Hawkes drove down the right before whipping the ball across goal, but the striker was adjudged to have handled it when sliding in to meet it before he could get a shot away, and Tranmere took a narrow lead into half time. 

Rovers continued their pressure into the second period, and their pressure paid eight minutes into it when they won a penalty for a challenge on Saunders. Hawkes duly converted the spot-kick low into the bottom corner past O’Donnell to double Tranmere’s lead. 

Rochdale won a free kick on the edge of the box 65 minutes into the game after a trip from Tom Davies, but the Rovers wall did its job before Hewelt dealt with the rebound, a long-range effort from Ethan Brierley. 

The hosts went close again a minute later, former Rovers player Danny Lloyd almost curling an effort into the top corner from just outside the box, but his strike was just wide. 

Just a minute later Lloyd made no mistake second time, striking from a similar area which Hewelt got a hand to before it crept into the back of the net, the midfielder choosing not to celebrate against his former side after he made it 1-2. 

Tranmere continued to push on despite the setback, Hawkes seeing an effort glide wide after he cut inside from a run down the right. 

The winger found Hughes on the edge of the six-yard box as the game approached its final ten minutes, but the Welsh under-21 international saw his shot saved. 

The hosts didn’t give up hope of a late equaliser and won another free kick on the edge of the box when Hemmings felled Lloyd and was booked for the challenge, but the strike from the former Rovers man was well over the bar. 

However, Rochdale found the equaliser in stoppage time, Ethan Ebanks-Landell heading home from a Lloyd corner as the points were shared. 

Rochdale: O’Donnell, Taylor, Ebanks-Landell ©, Kelly, Mellor, Odoh (Rodney, 59), Keohane (Sinclair, 79), Brierley, Dodgson, Lloyd, Henderson. 

Subs: Eastwood, Ball, Rodney, Graham, Sinclair, John, Mullarkey. 

Tranmere Rovers: Hewelt, Dacres-Cogley, Davies, Turnbull, Bristow, Hendry, Hawkes (Hoti, 90), Hughes, Turner-Cooke (O’Connor, 77), Saunders, Hemmings ©. 

Subs: Hoti, O’Connor, Taylor, Mumbongo, Burton.

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Ticket News

Rochdale ticket information

18 April 2023

Tickets for our away fixture at Rochdale on Tuesday 18th April are now on sale both online and in store.

We have been allocated 1277 tickets which are priced at:

Adults: £24
Seniors (65+): £19
U21: £14
U11: £7

Please note that anyone under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

Any supporter who is in possession of a concession ticket on matchday who is not believed to qualify for the relevant concession will be directed to the ticket office to pay an upgrade to the correct amount.

There will be no cash turnstiles in operation for this game.

Wheelchair users and ambulant disabled fans are charged the appropriate age price with one carer admitted free of charge.

Tickets will go off sale on Tuesday 18th April at 11am with collections available until 2pm the same day.

Official coach travel is also available for this fixture and will depart Prenton Park at 5pm.

Season Card Holders: £21
Non Season Card Holders: £23

Both match and coach tickets can be bought online by clicking here or in store.

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