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Match Preview | Gillingham (A)

9 March 2024

Match Previews

Match Preview | Gillingham (A)

9 March 2024

Tranmere Rovers visit Gillingham on Saturday 9th March (3pm kick-off), looking for back-to-back wins in League Two.

Nigel Adkins’ side beat Sutton United 1-0 at Prenton Park last weekend, picking up all three points thanks to a late strike from winger Rob Apter. 

Gillingham haven’t lost a league game at Priestfield since Boxing Day, drawing four of their five home games in the division since the turn of the year. 

The Gills are ninth and aiming for a Play-Off position this season but suffered a setback in midweek, after a 2-0 defeat at Barrow.  

Rovers were victorious in November’s reverse fixture at Prenton Park, beating the Kent side 3-1 thanks to an Apter double either side of a Connor Jennings’ strike. 


Team news:   

Manager Nigel Adkins said pre-match: “It was a very competitive game against Sutton. We’ve got one or two players with little things; we’re going to have a work through of where everyone is. I’ve got one or two decisions to go and make, which is important.” 


Last time out:   


Last five meetings:    

25th November 2023 - Tranmere Rovers 3-1 Gillingham - League Two 

SCORERS - Apter x2, Jennings 

11th March 2023 - Gillingham 2-0 Tranmere Rovers - League Two    

SCORERS - None   

13th August 2022 - Tranmere Rovers 3-0 Gillingham - League Two    

SCORERS - Nevitt, Bristow, Dacres-Cogley  

7th September 2019 - Tranmere Rovers 2-2 Gillingham - League One  

SCORERS - Jennings, Mullin  

18th April 2014 - Gillingham 2-0 Tranmere Rovers - League One  

SCORERS - None  


One to watch: Shadrach Ogie 

Centre-back Shadrach Ogie joined Gillingham in the summer, having been a part of Leyton Orient’s League Two winning squad last season. 

The 22-year-old has made 32 league appearances for the Gills, playing a significant role in his side’s 13 clean sheets this campaign, the joint-highest in the division. 

Irishman Ogie has also featured internationally at U18 and U19 level. 


Head coach: Stephen Clemence  

Stephen Clemence became Gillingham’s head coach at the start of November, following the departure of Neil Harris.  

The 45-year-old is in his first full-time managerial role, having been part of the coaching team at a number of different clubs.  

He worked with Steve Bruce at Sunderland, Hull City, Aston Villa, Sheffield Wednesday, Newcastle United and West Bromwich Albion, winning promotion to the Premier League while with Hull as Assistant Head Coach in 2016.  

He is the son of former England goalkeeper Ray Clemence. 



Referee - James Linington 

Assistant Referees - Andrew Fox & Carl Fitch-Jackson 

Fourth Official - Paul Johnson 


Linington last refereed Rovers in our 2-0 League One loss to Crawley Town in April 2014. 



We received an initial allocation of 414 tickets for this fixture. 

Advance ticket sales end at 11am on Friday 8th March. There will be tickets available to purchase on the day, but these will be online-only so pre-booking is advised. 

Supporters wishing to collect their tickets from The Club Store at Prenton Park must do so before 1pm on Friday 8th March. Collections will be available from Priestfield on matchday. 


Advance ticket prices are as follows:     



Senior (65+) 


Young adult (18-21) 


Under 18 


Under 14 



Official Club Coach travel is available for this fixture. The coach will depart Prenton Park at 7.30am. The prices are as follows:   

Season Card holders: £57 

Non Season Card holders: £59 

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

Tickets and coach travel can be bought online by clicking here or in The Club Store. 


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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