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Match Preview | Barrow (H)

4 August 2023

Match Previews

Match Preview | Barrow (H)

4 August 2023

Tranmere begin the Sky Bet League Two season at home to Barrow on Saturday August 5th (3pm) at Prenton Park. 

Pre-season is complete, and Rovers have faced tests from Vauxhall Motors, Southport, Fleetwood Town, Rochdale, an Everton XI, Blackpool and Wigan Athletic in preparation for the new campaign. 

The last of those friendlies, against the Latics, ended in a 1-1 draw at Prenton Park, as Harvey Saunders netted a delightful solo effort at the start of the second half. 

Forwards Luke Norris and Kristian Dennis are in contention for competitive debuts after returning from injury last Friday night, while fellow summer signings Luke McGee, Joe Yarney and Jake Leake could all start, as may Regan Hendry and Connor Jennings upon their returns to the Club. 

Pete Wild led the Cumbrian visitors to a 9th placed finish last season and have bolstered their attacking options with the additions of Jamie Proctor, Courtney Duffus and Jamie Acquah. 

Forward Josh Gordon left the Bluebirds to join Burton Albion, while left-back Patrick Brough also made the step up to League One, joining Northampton Town. However, Wild has brought in Junior Tiensia from Solihull Moors as a promising replacement for the latter. 

Team news: 

Luke Norris got his first minutes of pre-season against Wigan after recovering from a foot injury, he’s in contention to make his competitive debut for the Club. 

Kristian Dennis picked up a knock against Vauxhall Motors at the start of July but, like his fellow forward, had time off the bench against the Latics last week and could play against Barrow. 

One to watch: David Worrall 

The Bluebirds have added a lot of quality with their summer business, but perhaps the most notable is that of midfielder David Worrall, who has won promotion from League Two on three occasions. 

Born in Manchester, Worrall came through the ranks at Bury where he was handed a league debut at 16, before departing the Club that season. 

After joining West Bromwich Albion, the 33-year-old had loan spells at Accrington Stanley, Shrewsbury Town and a return to the Shakers, which was made permanent in 2010. 

Worrall went on to win promotion at Gigg Lane in 2011 and racked up 178 appearances in all competitions for the Club before leaving in 2013. 

Promotion to League One followed in 2015 with Southend United, and the midfielder helped Millwall return to the Championship in 2017. 

His most successful spell came recently at Port Vale, where Worrall won the League Two Play-Offs with the Club in 2022. After six seasons and 248 appearances, he left Vale Park to join Barrow in the summer. 

With over 500 league games racked up, he brings valuable experience at the level to an already strong outfit. 

Manager: Pete Wild 

At 39-years-old, Pete Wild is one of the EFL’s youngest current managers. 

His first managerial experience came with Oldham Athletic, twice as caretaker before taking over for a period in 2019. 

That spell as manager was short-lived, and he joined Halifax Town in the summer of the same year, where he managed over 100 games in Yorkshire. 

Wild spent two seasons at The Shay, twice reaching the Play-Offs before resigning and joining the Bluebirds. 

He led Barrow to a 9th placed finish last season, his first full campaign in EFL first-team management. 

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 

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Instagram: @tranmererovers 

Match reaction from Ian Dawes and a player will follow on our website and YouTube channel. 

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