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Match Preview | Barrow (A)

5 January 2024

Match Previews

Match Preview | Barrow (A)

5 January 2024

Tranmere Rovers travel to Barrow on Saturday January 6th, looking to continue their fantastic run of form in League Two.

Nigel Adkins’ side have won seven of their last ten games in the division, including their last four in a row. They are one of only two EFL sides to win all their festive fixtures. 

Tranmere began the period with a 2-1 home triumph over Swindon Town, before consecutive away wins against Salford City and Harrogate Town. Rovers then saw off Notts County 4-2 at Prenton Park on New Year’s Day to climb into 15th. 

Barrow are also in good form and possessed a league unbeaten stretching back to early October, before losing 4-1 to Wrexham on Monday. 

Pete Wild’s men are 4th and find themselves four points behind the automatic promotion places.  


Team news:  

Forward Kristian Dennis has returned to training after recovering from a hamstring injury picked up against Walsall on 16th December. 

Jéan Belehouan, Jake Leake and Luke Norris remain out of action as they continue their recoveries. 


Last time out: 


Last five meetings:     

5th August 2023 - Tranmere Rovers 1-2 Barrow - League Two  

SCORERS - Hawkes 

29th December 2022 - Barrow 1-2 Tranmere Rovers - League Two  

SCORERS: Turnbull, Hemmings 

1st October 2022 - Tranmere Rovers 1-0 Barrow - League Two  

SCORERS – Hawkes 

5th February 2022 - Barrow 1-1 Tranmere Rovers - League Two  

SCORERS - Hawkes 

26th December 2021 - Tranmere Rovers 2-0 Barrow – League Two  

SCORERS – Maynard, Morris 


One to watch: George Ray 

Rovers fans will be familiar with defender George Ray, after his spell with the Club between 2019 and 2021. 

The 30-year-old is into his second season with Barrow and has impressed in their climb into the Play-Off positions, playing in all but two games this term, with a contribution of eight clean sheets and three goals. 

Ray will provide a stern test for a Rovers attack that has scored 13 goals in its last four games. The Bluebirds have only conceded 24 goals this season, the second lowest in the division. 


Manager: Pete Wild 

39-year-old Pete Wild has made his impact known during his time at Holker Street. 

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. 



Referee - Adam Herczeg 

Assistant Referees - Wayne Grunnill & Joseph Pettitt 

Fourth Official - John Mulligan  


Herczeg last refereed Rovers in our 1-0 Bristol Street Motors Trophy loss to Leicester City U21s in October 2023.  



Additional tickets are now on sale for Saturday’s game. 

We had received an initial allocation of 490 tickets for this match, all of which are unreserved seating and have sold out. 

We have now been given an extra 410 tickets, 298 of which are standing and 112 seated. 


Ticket prices are as follows: 







Senior (65+)     






Under 18   



Under 7 (with paying adult)  




Supporters who purchased tickets in the original allocation of 490 can collect them from The Club Store until 4pm on Friday 5th January.    

Collections will be available on the day at Barrow.   

There is no car parking available at the SO Legal Stadium on matchday.   


Official Club Coach travel has sold out for this fixture. The coach will depart Prenton Park at 10.30am. 

Please note that refunds on coach travel are not permitted after 48 hours prior to the game. 


Tickets can be bought via Barrow's website by clicking here. 


Match coverage:     

International supporters can buy a half-season pass to watch every game live for just £3 per game by clicking here!      

UK-based supporters can listen to full match commentary for as little as £1 per game by getting a monthly 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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