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Match Preview: Morecambe

5 October 2018

Match Previews

Match Preview: Morecambe

5 October 2018

Setting the scene…

Tranmere Rovers are back on their travels this Saturday when Micky Mellon’s side make the trip to Morecambe.

Rovers head to the Lancashire coast aiming to make it back-to-back wins following on from Tuesday night’s big win over league leaders Lincoln City.

James Norwood’s 61st minute strike earned Tranmere a 1-0 victory under the Prenton Park floodlights, with the Rovers goalscorer also red carded in injury-time and will be suspended for the fixture away to the Shrimps.

Tranmere are now 10th in League Two, a point off the Play-Off positions, following their triumph over the table-topping Imps.

Morecambe head into the contest after conceding a 94th minute equaliser to draw 2-2 away at Cheltenham Town.

Jordan Cranston and Rhys Oates put Morecambe 2-1 up after Luke Varney equalised before the break, prior to Varney scoring a last-gasp leveller to deny Jim Bentley’s side a third straight win.

The Shrimps season so far

Following on from a slow start, Morecambe have enjoyed an upturn in results recently.

After their 6-0 opening day defeat at Crewe Alexandra, boss Bentley, now in his eighth season in the dugout, saw his men lose league games against Exeter City and Stevenage before securing their first win against Northampton Town in mid-August.

Since then, the Lancashire club have won a further two fixtures both by 2-1 scorelines against rock-bottom Macclesfield Town at home, and an away triumph at Grimsby Town.

Tuesday’s 2-2 draw at Cheltenham Town denied them a third-straight win, so they will be hoping to continue their form when they welcome Rovers to the Globe Arena.

Should Morecambe beat Tranmere, a win could see them rise to 17th in the fourth-tier.

One to watch

Morecambe will be looking to forward Liam Mandeville to keep up their unbeaten run on Saturday afternoon.

The 21-year-old is on loan at the Globe Arena from Doncaster Rovers for the 2018/19 season, and has impressed so far, leading the way in the club’s goal-scoring charts alongside Rhys Oates.

Coming through the youth system at Doncaster, Mandeville made his Rovers debut in April 2015 against Yorkshire rivals Bradford City before joining non-league Whitby Town on loan later that year.

Since his debut, Mandeville has made 49 appearances, scoring nine league goals for the Keepmoat Stadium.

Mandeville joined Colchester United in January, turning out seven times for the Essex outfit towards the end of last term.

Since his move to Morecambe, Mandeville has made 12 appearances in all competitions, scoring three goals.

The referee

Trevor Kettle will officiate Tranmere Rovers’ away game at Morecambe.

The Rutland-based referee will take charge of Mellon’s men for the first time this season at the Globe Arena.

This season he has refereed 12 games, brandishing 42 yellow cards and one red.

Duncan Street and Barry Cropp will run the line while Kevin Mulraine is the fourth official.


Tickets for Tranmere’s away game at Morecambe on Saturday remain on sale.

We have been allocated 1750 tickets for this fixture with 1200 of those being in the Heart Radio Stand behind the goal, which is covered standing.

The remaining 550 tickets are located in the PMG stand which is reserved seating.

Please be aware that the match is all ticket with no cash turnstiles on the day.

Prices for the terrace are as follows: 

Adult: £17

Concession (65+): £14

Young Person (18-22) and Students*: £10

Junior (Under 18): £5

Under 11*: Free


Prices for the seated area are as follows: 


Adult: £21

Concession (65+): £17

Young Person (18-22) and Students*: £15

Junior (Under 18): £6

Under 11*: Free


We have also been given ten wheelchair spaces. Disabled supporters, both ambulant and wheelchair users, pay the concession rate or the relevant lower category and then also receive a free carer. 


To purchase your tickets and coach travel click here

Match coverage

Full match coverage on our trip to Morecambe will be provided via our social media platforms and iFollow.

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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