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Preview: Macclesfield Town

30 December 2018

Match Previews

Preview: Macclesfield Town

30 December 2018

Setting the scene…

Tranmere Rovers kick-off 2019 with a New Year’s Day visit to the Moss Rose for a Sky Bet League Two fixture away at Macclesfield Town.

Micky Mellon’s Rovers are just four points off the automatic places in League Two and two points off the Play-Off positions. 

Tranmere will be aiming to start 2019 with three points at Sol Campbell’s Silkmen, who are second bottom of the division after half of the campaign played following Saturday’s 2-1 defeat at in-form Carlisle United.

Rovers and Macclesfield last met in October, with Harvey Gilmour’s strike earning TRFC a Friday night 1-0 win under the Prenton Park floodlights.

Team news

The manager confirmed in his post match press conference that Manny Monthe missed the match against Yeovil due to an injury sustained in the victory against Morecambe. Meanwhile, Ollie Banks is making good progress after a spell on the sidelines through injury. 

The Silkmen’s season so far

Tuesday's hosts have won two of their last four games as they look to steer away from the relegation zone. 

Having appointed Mark Yates as John Askey’s replacement, Macclesfield were searching for a new manager in October. They turned to former Arsenal and England international Sol Campbell, with the Premier League and FA Cup winner tasked with reviving Macclesfield’s fortunes in his first management job.

Last time out, they lost against promotion hopefuls Carlisle United, but picked up three points in their match at Notts County on Boxing Day. 

One to Watch

Scott Wilson leads the way in Macclesfield Town’s scoring charts after scoring three goals in two Sky Bet League Two games recently. 

The 25-year-old began his career in the youth set up at Bristol City but left Ashton Gate without featuring for the Robins.

Wilson would drop into non-league football, turning out for Gloucester, Bath City and Paulton Rovers early in his career.

The striker then spent the 2015/16 season at Weston Super-Mare, scoring 19 goals in 34 National League South outings.

Wilson’s form earned him a move to Eastleigh before he made the move to the Moss Rose in July 2017.

And Wilson scored 14 goals in 36 appearances as the Silkmen were crowned champions of the National League which saw them return to the EFL after a six-year absence.

Ticket details

The SWA have been given an initial allocation of 1000 standing tickets and 379 seated tickets.

Prices are as follows:


Adults: £22

Seniors (65+): £17

Under 25: £12

Under 18: £6

Under 12: £3


Adults: £15

Seniors (65+): £12

Under 25: £12

Under 18: £6

Under 12: £3

Tickets will completely go off sale on 31st December at 12pm.

Tickets can be bought online here or in store now.

If you want to jump on the supporters’ coach to the Moss Rose on New Year’s Day, then you can purchase your travel here:

Match Coverage

Can’t make it to Rovers’ away game at Macclesfield Town on New Year’s Day? Don’t worry as you can keep up with goings on at the Moss Rose.

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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