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Match Preview: Gillingham

10 March 2023

Match Previews

Match Preview: Gillingham

10 March 2023

Tranmere Rovers look to extend their unbeaten run to 4 matches, as Micky Mellon’s side visit Gillingham in Sky Bet League Two.

Rovers look to build on wins against Stevenage and Crawley, and a draw last weekend to Hartlepool at Prenton Park, as the whites visit Priestfield Stadium.

Gillingham come into the game after a goalless draw on Saturday afternoon away at Harrogate Town. The Gills must start to pick up points after a tough campaign, as we approach the business end of the season.

The majority of games between the two sides have been draws, with the scores tied in 15 of the 36 games. The first meeting between the teams was back in January 1962 as Rovers beat Gillingham 1-0, and the reverse fixture this season ended in a 3-0 victory for TRFC at Prenton Park.

It’s been a mixed bag for Neil Harris’ side this season at home, winning 6 and losing 6 out of the 16 games played in Kent.

One To Watch: Tom Nichols

Tom Nichols is a 29-year-old striker, who joined Gillingham in the January Transfer Window.

The forward, born in Wellington, started his footballing career at Exeter City, progressing through the Academy System, before signing his first professional deal in 2011.

He enjoyed loans at Dorchester Town, Hereford United and Bath City before breaking through into the first team and scoring 32 goals in 97 appearances.

He joined Peterborough United in 2016 and scored 11 in 50 games, before departing for Bristol Rovers.

A tough spell at Bristol where Nichols couldn’t quite find the scoring rhythm, scoring just 4 goals in 94 games, as well as a loan spell where he failed to find the back of the net for Cheltenham Town in 2020.

He signed for Crawley Town in 2020 and played 101 times for Town, scoring 23 times, before signing for Gillingham in January.

He has come into the Gills and made an impact – scoring 3 in 7 and gaining 3 assists, with an average of 229 minutes per goal.

The Manager: Neil Harris

Neil Harris is a former professional footballer, turned football manager. Born in Orsett in 1977, Harris played as a forward.

He signed his first deal for Cambridge City aged 18, before signing for Millwall just a year later. He played for Millwall for 6 years, scoring 93 goals in 233 games, as well as enjoying a loan spell at Cardiff City.

He signed for Nottingham Forest in 2004, where he featured 33 times, scoring just once, as well as going on a temporary loan move to Gillingham.

He returned to Millwall back in 2007, playing a further 141 times, scoring 31, and ended his career at Southend in 2013. He played 486 times professionally, scoring 140 goals.

He started his coaching career as soon as retiring, for Millwall U21s in 2013, and took over as caretaker manager in his first year in the setup for a brief time.

He was appointed Millwall manager back in 2015, staying for 4 years, where he led the side to the League One Play-Off Final twice, winning it the latter time. In October 2019, he resigned as manager.

Later in 2019, Harris was hired as Cardiff City Manager, taking the teams to the play-offs in his first season, however, was sacked in 2021 after a run of 6 defeats.

He was appointed Gillingham Manager in January 2022, but with his first season ending in relegation, his current job is to steer the Gills back to League One – but is struggling at the moment with the side sitting in 20th.

Harris has managed 373 professional games, winning 143 and drawing 106 – meaning just a 38.3% win percentage.

Team news:

Manager Micky Mellon confirmed that the injuries picked up by Paul Lewis and Brad Walker last time out are 'long term' whilst Kane Hemmings and Kieron Morris both remain sidelined.

How to watch Gllingham v Tranmere Rovers

Supporters overseas are able to stream Saturday's game live on iFollow.

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UK based supporters aren't permitted to watch the game live but can, however, listen to full match commentary.

How can I listen to live commentary of Gillingham v Tranmere Rovers?

If you would prefer to listen to the game for a cheaper price, you can do so on iFollow.

Similarly to buying a match pass, you can click here to buy your audio pass. This will give you access to full match commentary from TRFC Radio.

You can also buy monthly audio passes to save money each month.

First time visitors

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