Setting the scene...
Tranmere Rovers face an FA Cup replay away at Merseyside neighbours Southport on Monday for the right to host Premier League giants Tottenham Hotspur in the competition’s third-round.
The initial tie between the two sides ended in a 1-1 draw at Prenton Park on 2nd December, with Jonny Smith’s first-half strike cancelled out by an equaliser 20 minutes from time by Bradley Bauress.
Now tasked with a clash under the lights at Haig Avenue, which will be televised live on BT Sport, Micky Mellon’s side will look to move on from Saturday’s 3-2 defeat at Notts County in Sky Bet League Two, with a potential tie against Mauricio Pochettino’s high-flying Spurs on offer.
Liam Watson’s National League North outfit head into the contest with Rovers coming off the back of a 1-0 defeat to Solihull Moors in the FA Trophy at Haig Avenue on Saturday.
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One to Watch
Having recently agreed a new contract to remain with the Sandgrounders until 2021, Southport will look to midfielder Dion Charles to inspire them on Monday night.
The Preston-born 23-year-old began his playing career in the youth set-up Blackpool, penning professional terms at Bloomfield Road before moving to AFC Fylde in 2014.
During two years at the then-National League North side, Charles scored 18 goals in 52 appearances whilst on the books of The Coasters.
Charles form at Non-League level saw him earn a transfer to his third Fylde Coast club, Fleetwood Town in the summer of 2016, making his debut in an EFL Trophy tie against Carlisle United.
He was loaned to FC Halifax Town in 2017/18, turning out 19 times at The Shay before the former Northern Ireland U21 international signed for Southport in January 2018.
Can’t make it to Rovers away FA Cup tie at Southport on Monday? Don’t worry as you can keep up with goings on at Haig Avenue.
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Alternatively, you can follow the action through our social media channels below, with full text coverage during the fixture, followed by a match report.