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Preview: Crawley Town (H)

30 September 2021

Tranmere Rovers return to Prenton Park on Saturday when they host Crawley Town in Sky Bet League Two.

Micky Mellon’s men will be aiming to build upon a win over Salford City and a well-deserved point away to Forest Green Rovers in their previous two games.

John Yems’ Reds head to the Wirral level on points with the top seven, having won three out of the last four games.

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Team news

Calum MacDonald will miss this weekend's game and will serve a one match ban following his red card at Forest Green Rovers. 

One to watch

Attacking midfielder Jake Hessenthaler has been Crawley’s stand-out performer this season, scoring three goals and providing one assist from ten games in all competitions.

Gravesend-born Hessenthaler has been with the Sussex outfit since September 2020 after leaving previous club Grimsby Town.

Hessenthaler turned professional with Gillingham, and after loan stays at Lewes, Tamworth, and Margate, he would make 181 appearances in five-years representing the Priestfield side.

Following his departure from the Gills, Hessenthaler swapped Kent for North Lincolnshire when he moved to Grimsby in June 2018.

He spent two years at Blundell Park, turning out over 80 times for the Mariners.

Now aged 27, Hessenthaler linked up with Crawley on a two-year contract, and has impressed in Town colours.

The manager

Yems was appointed as Crawley manager in December 2019, returning to the Broadfield Stadium after 12-years away.

The Londoner, 62, guided his squad to a 12th place finish in his first full season as boss, and will be hoping to push on.

In a playing career cut short by knee injuries, Yems was in the reserve teams of Crystal Palace, Reading and Millwall before taking up management with Horsham in 1992, coming out of retirement briefly due to an injury crisis.

Coaching stints with Fulham and Millwall followed prior to joining Crawley on a joint caretaker in 2006.

After departing Crawley for the first time, Yems went on to be involved with Grays Athletic, Exeter City, Torquay United, and Gillingham.

Between 2012 and 2018 he served as football operations manager at AFC Bournemouth, whilst also scouting for Newcastle United and other clubs prior to being appointed in the Crawley dugout.

So far this season, Yems has led Town to 14 points from nine fixtures.

Match coverage

TRFC Radio will be at Prenton Park to provide live full match commentary of the afternoon’s proceedings.

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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