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Match Preview: Tranmere Rovers vs Ebbsfleet United (Play-Offs)

4 May 2018

A look ahead to the Vanarama National League play-off semi-final...

THE MATCH

Vanarama National League Play-Offs Semi-Final

Tranmere Rovers vs Ebbsfleet United

Saturday 5 May 2018

Kick-off 12:15pm at Prenton Park

TEAM NEWS

It's an early kick-off on Saturday afternoon as Tranmere Rovers are in play-off semi-final action at Prenton Park against Ebbsfleet United.

Rovers' reward for finishing second is home advantage in this one-legged tie, while The Fleet have already had to go through an 'Eliminator', beating Aldershot Town after a penalty shoot-out on Wednesday evening.

The prize for the winners is a place at the national stadium, Wembley, for the Promotion Final on Saturday 12 May to battle for a place in the EFL.

Manager Micky Mellon has been without full-back Adam Buxton for the last two matches with a stomach injury. The 25-year-old took part in a full training session on Thursday, and he will be assessed ahead of kick-off to see if he will be fit to play.

Midfielder James Wallace has also returned to full training after a brief lay-off, while Jake Kirby has started running following a knee injury.

Evan Gumbs and Ben Tollitt remain absentees with long-term injuries.

Visitors Ebbsfleet United travel north to Wirral from Kent with adrenaline and confidence flowing high after a barnstorming end to the season and a thrilling finish to Wednesday's eliminator.

Luke Coulson is an injury doubt. The talented midfielder was replaced during Wednesday's match and his fitness will be assessed.

Fellow midfielder Sean Shields missed the midweek game and manager Daryl McMahon will check on his availability too.

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee - Peter Wright

Assistant Referee 1 - Matthew Smith

Assistant Referee 2 - Hristo Karaivanov

Fourth Official - Peter Gibbons

TICKETS

The best way to reserve your seat for the game is to purchase online at www.trfctickets.co.uk. You can do this up right up until kick-off and your ticket can simply be scanned off your smartphone to allow admission into the stadium, or printed out. Tickets are selling quickly, so don't miss out!

Prices start from:

Adults £17

Seniors (65+) and Young Persons (18-22) £10

Disabled (+ free carer) £10

Under-18 £5

Under-12 £2

Please note that prices bought on matchday from the Club Store or at the turnstiles will increase (except for Under-12) but if you purchase your ticket online, you will always get the cheapest possible ticket price.

MATCHDAY INFORMATION

The Club Store is open from 10:00am to get all your TRFC merchandise and tickets before the game. We have some great new stock in store so pop in store and take a look around.

The Tranmere Rovers Trust Fan Park will be open from 9:00am in the marquee, and there will be plenty of fantastic food and drinks offerings. Neo Catering will also be there to collect Foodbank donations. The Fan Park will reopen after the final whistle for post-match refreshments.

Aldo's will also be open from 9:00am and is the Tranmere Rovers Official Supporters Club (TROSC) Hub on matchdays. There are the usual great drinks special offers and tasty food available, while you can get your TROSC membership for 2018-19 too.

MATCH COVERAGE

Saturday's game will see our extended matchday coverage on Tranmere Rovers Radio, our Mixlr channel which is also available via the club website.

Coverage will begin at 11:30am with all the match build-up and team news before full 90-minute commentary, with half time and full time analysis. Join Adam Siddorn, Andy Doyle, Dave Higgins and commentator Phill Wilkinson.

The service is available online and is absolutely FREE (no subscription required) via our MIXLR channel and there is an audio player embedded on tranmererovers.co.uk/fixtures-results/commentary and the home page of the official club website.

You will be also be able to follow the action via our social media accounts. We will have live in-play updates @tranmererovers on Twitter as well as on our Facebook page.

After the game, we have the usual post-match reaction from manager Micky Mellon and the players, plus match highlights, all for FREE on our YouTube channel TRFC TV.



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