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Tranmere v Sutton preview

1 March 2024

Match Previews

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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