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Match Preview | Sutton United (A)

16 November 2023

Match Previews

Match Preview | Sutton United (A)

16 November 2023

Tranmere Rovers are back on the road this Saturday, 18th November, as they face Sutton United at the VBS Stadium (3pm kick-off).

Nigel Adkins’ side travel to South London off the back of two clean sheets; a 3-0 league win against Forest Green Rovers, and a 0-0 draw with Wigan Athletic in the Bristol Street Motors Trophy, which the Latics would eventually win on penalties. 

Sutton have picked up four points from their last two league games and recently beat AFC Fylde 2-1 to progress in the Emirates FA Cup. The Us are bottom of the table but find themselves just two points behind Rovers. 

However, Tranmere are unbeaten in their last three against Saturday’s opponents. The most recent trip to the VBS Stadium ended in a 2-0 win in October 2022, courtesy of goals from Kane Hemmings and Paul Lewis. 


Team news:   

Forward Luke Norris will be out for several weeks after suffering a foot injury in the win over Forest Green. 

Joe Starbuck and Paul Lewis are still a few weeks away, while Josh Hawkes is carrying a thigh injury that has made him unavailable for the time being. 

A few players have picked up little knocks. Chris Merrie missed last weekend's match, while Lee O’Connor and Brad Walker had to come off in that game. 

Jake Leake and Reece McAlear returned on Tuesday night against Wigan and could be in contention for a place in the squad. 


Last time out:   


Last five meetings:    

7th January 2023 - Tranmere Rovers 2-2 Sutton United – League Two    

SCORERS – Hawkes, Hemmings 

8th October 2022 - Sutton United 0-2 Tranmere Rovers – League Two    

SCORERS – Hemmings, Lewis 

19th March 2022 - Sutton United 1-1 Tranmere Rovers - League Two 

SCORERS – Hawkes 

13th November 2021 - Tranmere Rovers 0-1 Sutton United – League Two 

SCORERS - None  

23rd December 2017 – Sutton United 1-3 Tranmere Rovers - National League 

SCORERS – Buxton, Jennings, Cook 


One to watch: Harry Smith 

Harry Smith has made 13 league appearances for the U’s this season, scoring six goals and registering two assists. 

The 28-year-old kicked off the season in style, netting against Notts County on the opening day. He has since gone on to find the target against Swindon Town, Doncaster Rovers, Morecambe and bagged a brace against Walsall. 

Smith moved across London in the summer from Leyton Orient, where he made 55 appearances in two seasons, winning promotion from League Two last term. 

Prior to his time in the capital, the forward helped guide Northampton Town to League One via the Play-Offs in 2020, assisting the Cobblers’ fourth in a Wembley win over Exeter City. 


Manager: Matt Gray 

Matt Gray has been in charge of Sutton since 2019, taking over following the departure of Paul Doswell who had led the U’s for 11 years. 

He secured promotion to the Football League for the first time in the club’s history in 2021 and were Wembley finalists the following year in the EFL Trophy, losing out to Rotherham United in extra time. 

Sutton held their own in League Two in their first season. Gray’s side finished eighth in 2021/22, missing out on a Play-Off spot by just one point. 



Referee - Lee Swabey 

Assistant Referees - Paul Lister-Flynn & Paul Kelly 

Fourth Official - Ryan Whitaker 


Swabey last refereed Rovers in our 3-0 League Two win over Harrogate Town in August 2023.    



We encourage supporters who have bought tickets already to collect them from The Club Store before 5pm on Friday 17th November.  


Tickets will be available to purchase on the day for the following prices:   













U12 (must be accompanied  

by a paying adult)  




The club car park is for permit holders only. Rovers fans should park in Gibson Road, the local municipal car park. It takes no more than fifteen minutes to walk from Gibson Road to the stadium and the route brings you in at the away end.


Match coverage:    

Due to the international break, fans in the UK as well as abroad can stream the game on iFollow for £10. Purchase your Video Match Pass by clicking here.   

You can follow the action through our social media channels below, with full text coverage during the fixture, followed by a match report.   


X: @tranmererovers        

Facebook: @trfcofficial        

Instagram: @tranmererovers        


Match reaction from Nigel Adkins and a player will follow the game on our YouTube channel. 

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