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Ridehalgh: "Everyone's Excited For Saturday"

30 April 2018

Defender looking forward to play-off semi-final this weekend

Tranmere Rovers finished the 46-match National League season as runners-up for the second time in two seasons.

That means that Rovers have earned home advantage in a promotion play-off semi-final which will take place at Prenton Park on Saturday 5 May, kick-off 12:15pm.

Defender Liam Ridehalgh says that the squad is looking forward to that and want to go one better than last season.

He said: "We're going into a good week of training now and preparing for a very exciting game here at Prenton Park on Saturday.

"Obviously the aim at the start of the season was to get promotion, we've finished second again and hopefully the experience we gained last year will spur us on.

"We're looking forward to Saturday now and we'll be going all guns blazing.

"Everyone will be excited for Saturday, I'm sure, and I think the week will drag for a lot of us because we'll just want to get out there and play.

"We know what gets us our success, so we'll be focusing on that. We won't do anything stupid or going away from our plan, we'll be focusing on playing well and getting through to the final.

"There's no better place for a big game than Prenton Park. You know how long I've been here now, and it's brilliant.

"The fans really get behind you and there'll be a great atmosphere on Saturday, so hopefully we can get the result for the supporters too."

Tranmere won't know who the opposition will be until Wednesday evening, as a change of the play-off format in the National League means that teams from fourth to seventh play an eliminator before a one-legged semi-final for a place at Wembley and a chance to earn promotion into the EFL.

The opposition will be one of Aldershot Town or Ebbsfleet United, who play their eliminator at the EBB Stadium on Wednesday, and Ridehalgh says he's not too concerned about who Rovers will face.

"It's about us, it's about Tranmere, and if we play as well as we can, we believe we will beat anyone.

"They're both good sides, so we know that we'll have to be at our best if we want to get through to the final and that's what we'll be looking to do."

Tickets for the play-off semi-final at Prenton Park on Saturday 5 May, kick-off 12:15pm, are on sale NOW! Guarantee your seat at the big game by popping in store at Prenton Park or buying online at www.trfctickets.co.uk. Normal matchday prices apply, with junior tickets available from as little as £2.



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