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02 March 2024 Venue Prenton Park Attendance

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Tranmere v Sutton preview

1 March 2024

After Tuesday's thrilling win at Notts County which moved Sutton to within four points of Grimsby, U's will look to continue the battle to climb out of the Sky Bet League Two relegation zone at Tranmere Rovers on Saturday, kick off 3pm. Sutton will be wearing green.

Tuesday was a memorable evening for U's, who led three times only for Notts County to equalise on each occasion, but Charlie Lakin's penalty put put Sutton ahead for a fourth time and this time U's held on for three valuable points, completing the double over the Magpies. . At the same time Tranmere were going down to a 3-1 defeat at Swindon, a second successive defeat after they had lost by the only goal at U's relegation rivals Forest Green on Saturday. That was Tranmere's fourth defeat in five games, a run which has halted their climb away from the lower reaches of the table, although the fifth game was an impressive 4-0 win against high-flying Stockport at Prenton Park in their last home game a fortnight ago. When the sides met at Sutton in November only two points separated them, with nothing separating them on the pitch as Ben Goodliffe's early own goal was cancelled out near the end by Louis John, but Tranmere go in to Saturday's game in 18th place, fourteen points ahead of Sutton and having won nine of their seventeen home games this season.

Harry Beautyman is back in contention for selection after injury, with no new injury worries after Tuesday's game, but one player not involved again this season will be striker Hisham Kasimu,  who has now made his loan move to Farnborough permanent just over a year after signing for Sutton from the Hampshire side but having his progress hampered by injury. Steve Morison discusses that, and the rest of the current squad position, in his pre-weekend interview which will be available later on Friday.

Saturday's referee is Ruebyn Ricardo, on the National League list but who refereed his first EFL League Two game on Tuesday, taking charge of Harrogate v Newport. He was fourth official for U's visits to Wrexham and Stockport this season, and refereed the National League South play-off semi final between Dartford and St Albans last season.

Tickets are on sale on the day at Prenton Park from the club shop which is also where pre-ordered tickets can be collected. Matchday prices are: Adults £25, Concessions (age 65+) £20; Age 18-22 £18; Age 12-17 £11; Under 12s £7; Disabled plus PA £18. An away fans' guide can be found here

For supporters not travelling to the game there will be an audio commentary on our iFollow service, with a match pass costing £2.50 and a monthly pass £4.49. Overseas supporters can watch a live stream for £10. Click here to purchase the required pass.

The supporters' coach leaves the VBS at 7.30am.

Independent travellers who are driving should leave the M6 at junction 20 and take the M56, then leave at junction 15 to take the M53 on to the Wirral peninsula. Leave the M53 at junction 4 and take the fourth exit at the roundabout in to the B5151 (Mount Road). Continue for two and a half miles and when Mount Road becomes Storeton Road, turn right in to Prenton Road West at the traffic lights. Prenton Park is on the right. Car parking needed to be booked in advance but if there are any spaces available they cost £7. Otherwise street parking is available, although streets around the ground have residents' parking schemes.

By rail the ground is a 15 minute walk from Rock Ferry station on the Merseyrail Wirral Line to Chester and Ellesmere Port. You can connect from Liverpool Lime Street, with direct trains from Euston at 43 minutes past the hour - that's also the return time from Lime Street. You can also connect at Chester, with a direct train off Euston at 10.02 and returns at 55 minutes past the hour with a change required at Crewe. Journey time from Liverpool is about 15 minutes, and from Chester about half an hour. Turn right from Rock Ferry station and continue along Bedford Road, Bedford Avenue, Bedford Drive and Mount Avenue, then turn right in to Borough Road and the ground is on the left.




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Match Reports

Match report for Tranmere Rovers 1 Sutton United 0

2 March 2024

Tranmere Rovers 1 (Apter 87) Sutton United 0

Sutton were once again on the wrong end of the scoreline in a tight game when Rob Apter's goal three minutes from the end of normal time gave Tranmere the points. U's had battled hard enough to deserve a draw, although failed to make the best of the chances that were created, while Steve Arnold's superb performance in goal, including saving a Connor Jennings penalty, also deserved reward but he was helpless when Apter's low shot from the edge of the penalty area came through several pairs of legs and found the far bottom corner of the net.

There was only one change from the side that had won at Notts County, Craig Clay starting in place of Stephen Duke-McKenna, and in a tight first half of few chances at either end Sutton had the ball in the net early on but Craig Eastmond was adjudged to have handled as he burst through before shooting past Tranmere goalkeeper Luke McGee, who then pushed out a low cross shot from Charlie Lakin, but Harry Smith's instinctive effort to turn in the rebound as the ball came to him quickly only found the side netting.

Tranmere's best chance came eight minutes before half time and provoked controversy as Arnold pushed away a shot from Apter and Harvey Saunders sent the rebound goalwards only for Joe Kizzi, on his 150th Sutton appearance, to block the shot on the goalline. There were loud appeals for handball, but referee Ruebyn Ricardo waved them away and awarded a corner after Ryan Jackson had diverted a second effort from Saunders in to the side netting. Saunders ended up in the referee's book, the third Tranmere player to be booked for protesting in the first half, Brad Walker and Jennings both booked for suggesting that Nino Adom-Malaki deserved more tan a booking following a clash with Tom Davies and a handball almost immediately afterwards.

U's had to make a change soon afterwards, Ben Goodliffe limping off to give Jack Taylor an EFL debut, his performance over the next fifty minutes suggesting there will be many more to come, and early in the second half a poor touch from Olly Sanderson wasted a good opportunity, allowing McGee to save.

Tranmere then enjoyed a spell of pressure in which they found Arnold in their way as he twice saved from the dangerous Apter and, after the rebound from the second save had found its way to Regan Hendry, dived to his left to turn that shot round the post. Two minutes later he was required again as, after a right wing corner was flicked on, Jackson and Saunders tangled at the far post and this time the referee granted Tranmere's penalty appeals. Jennings struck his spot kick low and straight, and Arnold's boot sent the ball spinning away for a corner, from which Jennings' glancing header was also saved by the U's keeper.

Sutton wasted a few promising openings by looking for an extra pass or touch, and when there was a sight of goal Josh Coley's header from a Jackson cross was too close to McGee. Charlie Lakin, Stephen Duke-McKenna and Coley were all off target with optimistic efforts from outside the penalty area, but when Arnold made another fine save, tipping over a Saunders shot after the striker had got in behind the Sutton defence, it seemed as though U's would be returning home with a point. However the persistent Apter had one more attempt to create something on the right, and this time he cut in and sent a low left foot shot through the crowded penalty area and inside the far post for the winner.

Sutton: S Arnold, R Jackson, N Adom-Malaki(sub D Moore 59), J Kizzi, B Goodliffe (sub J Taylor 39), S Hart (sub C N'Guessan 90+2), C Eastmond, C Clay (sub J Coley 60), H Smith, O Sanderson(sub S Duke-McKenna 60), C Lakin. Subs n/u D Bouzanis, J Williams. Booked: Adom-Malaki, Lakin, Coley

Tranmere: L McGee, L O'Connor, C Wood, B Walker (sub C Merrie 60), T Davies, J Turnbull, K Morris(sub L Norris 60), R Hendry, C Jennings, H Saunders (sub J Hawkes 85), R Apter. Subs n/u J Murphy, J Yarney, P Lewis, D Pike. Booked: Walker, Jennings, Saunders.

Referee: Ruebyn Ricardo

Attendance: 5,423 (146 away)

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