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Match Preview: Newport County

20 August 2021

Tranmere Rovers return to Prenton Park this weekend, with Newport County making the trip from South Wales. 

Micky Mellon’s side drew 0-0 away at Swindon on Tuesday night, meaning Rovers maintain their unbeaten start to the Sky Bet League Two season. 

Tickets information for this fixture can be found here. 

Team News 

Chris Merrie returns from suspension following his red card on the opening day of the season against Walsall.

Calum MacDonald is stepping up his recovery in training but this game is expected to be too soon for him. Scott Davies is still sidelined in the long term with his achilles injury. 

One to Watch 

Kevin Ellison 

The 42-year-old is a name familiar to fans of both clubs, having spent the 2006/07 season at Tranmere, and being a Newport player since September 2020. 

Ellison has played for many clubs, and has had spells at Leicester City, Chester, Hull City, Rotherham United, and Bradford City, as well as many more. 

He spent nine years at Morecambe, featuring over 350 times in the league for the Shrimps. Ellison joined Newport last season, and scored an 88th minute winner against Oldham in their first game of the 2021/22 season. 

Manager 

Michael Flynn 

In permanent charge of the Welsh club since May 2017, Newport County have gone from strength to strength under Michael Flynn. 

Since his appointment, Newport have got to the League Two Play-Off Final on two occasions. First, losing to Rovers in 2019. There was further heartbreak in the play-offs in May, as Newport were defeated in the final by Morecambe. 

Flynn has also guided his side to a number of giant-killings in the FA Cup, beating the likes of Leicester, Middlesbrough, and Leeds United in previous seasons. 

Match Coverage 

TRFC Radio will be in position for the match, providing full match build up and live commentary of the whole 90 minutes. 

Audio passes are available for just £2.50 by clicking here. Every pass purchased benefits Tranmere Rovers. 

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 

Match reaction from Micky Mellon and a player will follow on our website and YouTube channel. 


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