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12 October 2018 Venue Prenton Park Attendance

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Match Preview: Macclesfield Town

11 October 2018

Setting the scene...

Tranmere Rovers will be aiming for three wins on the spin in League Two when they welcome Macclesfield Town to Prenton Park on Friday night.

Micky Mellon’s side are seventh in the fourth-tier following Saturday’s seven-goal thriller away at Morecambe.

Harvey Gilmour’s strike on 89 minutes earned in-form Tranmere the 4-3 triumph at the Globe Arena, with the result seeing Rovers move into the Play-Off places.

A midweek Checkatrade Trophy defeat away at Shrewsbury Town on Tuesday saw Mellon make changes to his team in Shropshire, ahead of the Friday clash under the floodlights.

Macclesfield visit the Wirral on Friday in search of their first league win since returning to the EFL. 

The Silkmen are bottom of the division and parted company with manager Mark Yates on Monday following last weekend’s home defeat to Notts County.

The Silkmen’s season so far
 
Still without a League Two win to their name after returning to the EFL as Vanarama National Champions, Macclesfield will be hoping to secure their first three points on Friday evening. 

Jon Stead’s late goal earned the Magpies three-points The Moss Rose, a result which brought an end to Yates’ short time in charge of the Cheshire outfit, having replaced John Askey in the summer.

Their 12 fixtures this term have yielded just four points

Veteran midfielder Danny Whitaker, the club’s top scorer this season, and Neil Howarth have been placed in temporary charge of first-team affairs, as the club look to make their next managerial appointment.

The referee
 
Cumbrian-based referee Anthony Backhouse will take charge of Tranmere Rovers for the first time this season on Friday night.

Backhouse has refereed 11 matches in the EFL this season, dishing out 26 yellow cards and two red ones.
Wade Smith and Grant Taylor will run the line while Simon Mather is the fourth official. 

One to watch
 
Midfielder Koby Arthur will be the Macclesfield Town player that Rovers will need to keep an eye on this Friday night.

After moving to England as a youngster, the Ghanaian joined up with the youth system at Southern League club Woodford United before linking up with Birmingham City’s academy in 2012.

Having earned a professional contract at St Andrew’s, making his Blues first-team debut as a substitute in April 2013 during Midlands derby with Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Arthur moved to Lincoln on loan in March 2014, turning out six times for the Imps.

He then spent two-loan spells with Cheltenham Town before leaving Birmingham permanently, signing for Macclesfield in August 2017 following a successful trial.

Last term, Arthur made 14 appearances, scoring once as Macclesfield were crowned Vanarama National League champions.

This season, the 22-year-old has turned out 12 times, scoring twice for the Cheshire club.

Tickets
Tickets for Friday’s match can be purchased via Tranmere Rovers’ official ticket website: https://www.trfctickets.co.uk/
You can also see ticket details for upcoming League Two games.

Match Coverage
If you can’t make Friday’s fixture, there a number of ways that you can keep up to date on TRFC’s progress.

Full match commentary of the match will be exclusively available live from Rovers’ home ground!
You can now sign up to Tranmere Rovers’ iFollow, which allows access to extended highlights and interviews with manager Micky Mellon and a player, after the game.

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
 

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Match Report: Tranmere Rovers 1-0 Macclesfield

12 October 2018

Tranmere Rovers earned a 1-0 home victory against Macclesfield Town to secure a third consecutive League Two win as Friday night football returned to Prenton Park.

Harvey Gilmour’s second half strike proved to be the difference between the two sides under the floodlights on a night that threatened to be a frustrating one battling against the bottom side in the division.

Micky Mellon made two changes from the victory against Morecambe in the last league game, with top scorer James Norwood and defender Jake Caprice replacing Paul Mullin and Zoumana Bakayogo respectively.

It was an uneventful opening to the encounter with Rovers attacking towards their favoured Essar Kop Stand, as both sides struggled to maintain meaningful possession to create opportunities.

It was the hosts who conjured up the first chance of the match. Ollie Banks’ powerful driving run through the midfield in the 12th minute earned a free kick for his side 30 yards from goal. Adam Buxton playing in an unaccustomed left back role curled his effort through the Macclesfield wall, but was agonisingly denied by the woodwork.

There was a scare for Mellon’s troops soon later, when a delivery from deep was inadvertently headed into his own net by Banks. Fortunately for the Tranmere central midfielder was saved by the assistants flag; who adjudged the Silkmen player to be standing in an off side position.

Set pieces looked to be Rovers best chance to open the scoring as a Gilmour corner found the unmarked Connor Jennings at the near post, but his glanced header sailed wide of Rhys Taylor’s goal. Jonny Smith had the next half chance for Rovers on the half hour mark; he cut in from the right flank, however his long range strike was fired over Taylor’s crossbar.

The Cheshire outfit who have failed to register a League Two triumph this season showed a threat to Scott Davies goal five minutes before the break, when winger Malachi Napa’s left foot shot tested the Rovers keeper who held on comfortably.

A worrying moment for both teams in the 43rd minute as Buxton and the lively Napa clashed heads in an aerial challenge. Luckily both players were fit to continue in a game that had so far failed to spring to life.

The second half started brightly for Rovers with Jennings trying his luck from distance to no avail, seeing his effort fly into the Macclesfield away supporters.

Ten minutes past without much action in either box, before Norwood’s clean strike 20 yards out in the 57th minute appeared to be heading into the top left corner, only to be denied by a finger tip save by Taylor.

A golden opportunity was missed by Norwood just past the hour mark. A perfectly waited through ball by Banks found the run of the number ‘10’; one-on-one with Taylor, the striker failed to convert.

Mellon made his first substitution of the game in the 68th minute with Smith being replaced by Larnell Cole.

Caretaker managerial duo Danny Whitaker and Neil Howarth nearly saw their side take the lead. A free kick from the left foot of Michael Rose in the 69th minute rattled the post.

But just five minutes later, Rovers broke the deadlock when coming in off the right wing; Gilmour curled the ball into the bottom corner past the helpless Taylor, carrying on his impressive recent form.

Rovers almost nurtured a chance to double their lead in the 83rd minute, when delightful interplay between Norwood and Gilmour almost resulted in a shooting opportunity. Mellon’s men went close again when Norwood’s clever pass found Jennings, but his effort rolled narrowly past the post.

Rovers will be hoping they can continue their winning run when they travel to Yeovil Town next weekend.

Tranmere Rovers: Davies, Buxton, McNulty, Monthe, Norwood, Jennings, McCullough, Caprice, Smith (Cole 68’), Gilmour, Banks

Unused Subs: George, Harris, Mullin, Ellis, Mottley-Henry,

Report by Joe Sargent ​

 

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