Tranmere Rovers defender Mark Ellis is ready for a busy period of festive football, as Micky Mellon’s side kick-off a bumper fortnight of action with a Sky Bet League Two fixture at Bury.
Rovers are eighth in the fourth-tier, and a win away to Ryan Lowe’s promotion-chasing Shakers at Gigg Lane could lift TRFC into the promotion mix-up.
The game at Bury begins a packed fixture list with includes back-to-back home games with Morecambe on Boxing Day and Yeovil Town on December 29, before a trip to Sol Campbell’s Macclesfield Town on New Year’s Day and the FA Cup third-round tie with Tottenham Hotspur under the Prenton Park floodlights on Friday, January 4.
But Ellis wants to take Rovers’ matches one game at a time, with a pivotal set of fixtures on the horizon.
Ellis said: “It is one game at a time but if we can get a good run in, the Tottenham tie goes on the back-burner.
“They (Bury) are a good team and they have picked up recently, I think they had a bit of a slow start, but they have got some quality players in their team, we will obviously have to be on our toes for the weekend.”
Ellis, 30, linked up with Tranmere following a two-year stay at Carlisle United, and he praised the SWA for the support that they have shown since his arrival on the Wirral.
With Tranmere on the cusp of the Play-Off places, Ellis also hopes that the second half of the season will see them push on, following a positive return to the EFL after the club won promotion under the Wembley arch back in May.
Ellis continued: “The fans have been fantastic, they are one of the loudest and biggest support I have played in front of week-in-week out, they have been fantastic since I joined.
“There’s some talent, when you’ve got a striker who is scoring goals in front of you, we are aiming for the top seven at least. As a group we can chip in and see where it takes us.”
With Rovers set to embark on a festive schedule, the squad have been preparing for four games in a fortnight, with Ellis explaining how the Christmas period works for TRFC’s players.
He added: “There is a lot of travelling. We’ll be in Christmas Day, we’ll be working hard in training but in the afternoon, I’ll be spending it with my family.”
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