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Match Preview | Stockport County (H)

15 February 2024

Match Previews

Match Preview | Stockport County (H)

15 February 2024

Tranmere Rovers take on League Two leaders Stockport County at Prenton Park on Saturday 17th February (3pm kick-off).

Nigel Adkins’ team will be looking to get back to winning ways on home turf, after they were beaten 3-2 by Morecambe on Tuesday night. 

The Hatters also lost in midweek, 3-1 at home to promotion rivals Crewe Alexandra. Dave Challinor’s side are a point clear of Mansfield Town in second. 



Team news:     

Brad Walker didn’t play on Tuesday night after a knock picked up against Doncaster Rovers last weekend but is available for selection on Saturday. 

Luke Norris, Jéan Belehouan, Joe Starbuck, Ousmane Kane and others are set to play in a behind-closed-doors friendly on Tuesday, to build their match fitness. 

Jake Leake is back on the grass but remains unavailable for selection. 


Last time out:    



Last five meetings:      

28th October 2023 - Stockport County 2-0 Tranmere Rovers – League Two 


26th September 2023 - Stockport County 0-2 Tranmere Rovers – Cheshire Senior Cup first round  

SCORERS – Saunders, Apter  

4th February 2023 - Stockport County 3-2 Tranmere Rovers – League Two  

SCORERS – Hemmings, Morris  

1st November 2022 - Tranmere Rovers 0-0 Stockport County – League Two  

SCORERS – None  

26th April 2016 - Stockport County 2-1 Tranmere Rovers (AET) – Cheshire Senior Cup Final   

SCORERS - Ilesanmi   


One to watch: Antoni Sarcevic 

After a couple of months out with an injury, Antoni Sarcevic has returned to the Stockport side with a bang. 

The Hatters midfielder has registered a goal and two assists since coming back into the fold. His contribution against Grimsby Town last weekend helped Dave Challinor’s pick up three vital points on the road in the promotion race. 

Sarcevic has been at Edgeley Park since 2021 and helped Stockport to promotion from the National League in his first season. He won the League Two Play-Offs in 2014 during his time with Fleetwood Town. 

The 31-year-old also made over 100 appearances for Plymouth Argyle between 2017 and 2020, two seasons of which were spent in the third tier. 


Manager: Dave Challinor   

Dave Challinor is a man that needs no introduction to Rovers fans.   

The former defender began his career at Prenton Park and made over 100 appearances for the SWA in an eight-year spell. He played in our 1999/00 run to the League Cup final, culminating in a 2-1 loss to Leicester City at Wembley.   

His managerial journey began at Colwyn Bay, before joining AFC Fylde in 2011. He would spend eight years with the Coasters, winning three promotions from the eighth tier to the National League, and the FA Trophy in 2019.   

Challinor guided Hartlepool United to promotion back to League Two via the play-offs in 2021, and then moved to Stockport where he spent two years as a player.   

With the Hatters, Challinor won the National League title in 2022 and reached the Sky Bet League Two Play-Off final last season. His side now sit top as they attempt to return to the third tier after a 13-year absence.  



Referee - Alex Chilowicz 

Assistant Referees - Bradley Hall & Ollie Williams 

Fourth Official - Alex Gray 


This will be the first time Chilowicz has refereed Rovers. He became an EFL official in December 2023 after a six-year spell in MLS. 



Advance tickets for this fixture are only available to existing account holders on our ticket site. 

We recommend that supporters do not arrive at Prenton Park on Saturday without a ticket. 

Existing account holders can purchase tickets online by clicking here. 


Match coverage:      

International supporters can buy a pass to watch this weekend’s game live for £10 by clicking here!       

UK-based supporters can listen to full match commentary for £2.50 by purchasing an audio pass 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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