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Match Preview: Barrow AFC

24 December 2021

The traditional Boxing Day fixture is here as Rovers welcome Barrow to Prenton Park on Sunday afternoon. 

Tickets:

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Rovers have won four consecutive league games and are in fine form despite losing in our last outing to Harrogate Town which saw us exit the Papa John’s Trophy.

But with no more competitions to run alongside the league, Micky Mellon can fully focus on maintaining the promotion push with Rovers sitting just one point off the automatic promotion spots.

As for the visitors, Barrow have only won one of their last ten league games, but they did get a very impressive win against League One opposition in Ipswich last time out as they beat them 2-0 in an F.A Cup replay. 

Team News:

Paul Glatzel and Nat Knight-Percival are still sidelined with injury whilst Callum McManaman serves the second of his three game ban.

Micky Mellon revealed on Friday that some members of the squad have tested positive for COVID-19 however did not disclose who.

One to Watch: Ollie Banks

A player who Tranmere fans know very well, Ollie Banks has played large parts of his career in the North as he now plays at Holker Street.

He’s featured in the North for the likes of Oldham, Rovers, a host of non-league clubs and now Barrow where he is enjoying a fine first half of the campaign.

Soring nine goals in 25 games from midfield, the 29-year-old is impressing with the Bluebirds and will hope to put on another good performance at Prenton Park.

Manager: Mark Cooper

Vastly experienced at all levels of English football, Mark Cooper took over at Barrow in May after Ian Evatt left his role to take up a job at League One side Bolton Wanderers. 

Cooper had a long-playing career, featuring for a whole host of clubs with his longest stints being at Exeter City and Tamworth.

Tamworth ended up being his first managerial appointment before moving up the leagues and has since managed the likes of Swindon Town, Notts County and Forest Green Rovers.

He got Swindon to the League One play-off final in 2015 and had them playing some fantastic football before unfortunately losing to Preston North End at Wembley.

He’s currently got his Barrow side 19th in Sky Bet League Two but also into the third round of the F.A Cup where they face a trip to Championship side Barnsley.

Match Coverage:

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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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