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Match Previews

Preview: Crawley

3 May 2019

Match Previews

Preview: Crawley

3 May 2019

Setting the scene…

Tranmere Rovers’ final fixture of the Sky Bet League Two regular season will take place on Saturday, 3pm kick-off, as they travel to Crawley Town.

Already assured of a Play-Off position, it has been a great first campaign back in the EFL for Rovers, who head to Sussex currently sixth in the fourth-tier.

Micky Mellon’s side confirmed their top seven position on Tuesday with a 1-1 home draw against Bury at Prenton Park.

Gabriele Cioffi’s Crawley slipped to a 4-2 defeat away to Carlisle United at last time out.

Team news

Ollie Banks and Jake Caprice will both be assessed ahead of this weekend's game. 

Mark Ellis, Luke McCullough and Ishmael Miller remain long term absentees for Rovers. 

The Red Devils season so far

Crawley will remain in Sky Bet League Two next season after a run of three games unbeaten in April ensured their survival.

Having been dealt an early blow in August with the departure of former manager Harry Kewell to Notts County, Crawley appointed Italian Cioffi in September, which was only his second club outside of his homeland having been on Gianfranco Zola’s coaching staff at Birmingham City.

The Broadfield Stadium outfit are 19th in the division ahead of welcoming Tranmere down to Sussex, having secured safety last month, picking up wins at relegated Yeovil Town and Play-Off hopefuls Exeter City.

Currently on 50 points from their 45 matches played, the Red Devils have won 14, drawn eight and lost 23 in total.

One to watch

Forward Ollie Palmer has enjoyed a prolific season in front of goal for Crawley this term, scoring 16 league goals, leading their goal-scoring charts.

A native of Epsom, Surrey, Palmer began his playing career at non-league level, spending time turning out for Woking, St Albans, Boreham Wood before two-years with Havant and Waterlooville, where he scored 37 times in 69 games.

His form saw him earn a move to the EFL, signing for Mansfield Town in August 2013, remaining at Field Mill for a further two seasons, either side of a loan stint at Grimsby Town.

Palmer then returned to the south in July 2015 when he signed for Leyton Orient, scoring 12 goals in 65 appearances at Brisbane Road, as well as being loaned to Luton Town in 2017.

On the move again in June 2017, Palmer switched to Lincoln City. In one campaign at Sincil Bank, he turned out on 45 occasions and won the 2018 EFL Trophy with the Imps.

The 27-year-old signed for Crawley last summer and is the Red Devils’ top scorer.


The SWA have been allocated 1,000 tickets for our final Sky Bet League Two game of the season at Crawley Town.

We will be housed in two stands, The People’s Pension Stand (seated) and the KR-L Stand (terrace). We have been allocated 500 tickets in each stand, with an extra 100 tickets available in the terrace and 65 in the seated area if required.

Ticket prices are as followed:

The People's Pension Stand

Adult: £20
Senior 65+: £15
U21: £13
U18: 10
U16: £4
U11: £1

KR-L Stand
Adult: £16
Senior 65+: £12
U21: £11
U18: £10
U16: £4
U11: £1

Disabled supporters pay the age category price and then receive a free carer ticket. Wheelchair users are situated in the The People's Pension Stand.

Buy tickets here:

Match Officials

Referee: Andy Haines

Assistants: Gregory Read and Paul Graham

Fourth Official: Carl Brook

Match Coverage

Can’t make it to Rovers’ final day game at Crawley Town on Saturday afternoon? Don’t worry as you can keep up with goings on at the Broadfield Stadium.

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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