Setting the scene...
Tranmere Rovers face an Emirates FA Cup replay away at Oxford City on Tuesday night, kick-off 7:45pm, for the right to host Southport in the competition’s second-round.
Televised live on BT Sport from Court Place Farm, Rovers travel to the home of Oxford City for the first-ever time, following on from the initial Prenton Park tie just over a week ago.
James Norwood’s equaliser on 88 minutes earned Micky Mellon’s side a 3-3 draw after Kabongo Tshimanga’s hat-trick had steered the National League South side minutes away from the next round.
And the replay at their Non-League opponents is an opportunity for Rovers to return to winning ways following on from Saturday’s 3-2 defeat away to Crewe Alexandra at Gresty Road.
Callum Ainley’s brace and Charlie Kirk’s winner earned three points for the Railwaymen with Norwood and Paul Mullin scoring for Rovers – with the defeat in Cheshire seeing TRFC sit seventh in the table but still two points off the automatic places.
Meanwhile, Oxford head into the tie off the back of a 1-0 win away at Dulwich Hamlet, with Jack Self’s second-half goal securing the victory for Mark Jones’ side.
The win moved Oxford up to 16th in the National League South ahead of their tie with Tranmere.
Tickets for Tranmere’s FA Cup first-round replay away at Oxford City remain on sale.
One to watch
Having netted a hat-trick in the game at Prenton Park, Kabongo Tshimanga will be one for Rovers to keep an eye on.
The Congolese-born player came through the youth ranks at MK Dons, turning professional at the Buckinghamshire side before embarking on several loans which included spells at Aldershot Town, Chelmsford City, Corby Town, Nuneaton Town, Chesham United, Icelandic team Throttur Reykjavik and Yeovil Town.
Tshimanga signed for Boston United permanently in July 2017, scoring 15 goals before moving to Oxford City earlier in the summer.
If you’re not off to Oxford to cheer on the lads, here’s how you can keep up to date with TRFC’s progress.
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.