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‘Awaydays’ – credit Simon Worth

Lincoln City v Tranmere Rovers (22/04/2019) Sky Bet League 2 Preview

1st vs. 5th. Seeking title vs. Seeking promotion. A lot is at stake on Easter Monday’s fixture at Sincil Bank between Lincoln and Tranmere, the two sides have a slight rivalry after the intense title race that took place in the 16-17 VNL season. Even though they are already promoted Lincoln need a win if they’re to secure the league title. Although a point will do the job if Mansfield fail to win at Oldham. On the other hand, Tranmere need to bounce back after tasting bitter defeat at the hands of Forest Green on Good Friday.

The Rovers side that travel to Lincoln will be a lot lighter, the injury to Mark Ellis on Friday is a massive blow and won’t be an easy hole to cover up. Sid Nelson is likely to take his place as he did a solid job on Friday standing in for Mark – but could we even see the return of the Mac?

Macca had looked set to ride off into the sunset after 3 years of service to the SWA

Steve McNulty hasn’t been seen on the pitch since Rovers’ 3-0 defeat to Mansfield at the back end of January. This game is the Whites penultimate match up with promotion rivals this season after a tricky last few games where the men in white have held up well. Picking up wins against some tough sides including the likes of MK, Carlisle and Colchester. As the injury list builds up going into the last couple of games, the SWA can’t be blamed for worrying about whether any further injuries will hinder their promotion hopes. Micky confirmed that leading goalscorer Lord Nors had a scan on Tuesday that showed a torn groin only for him to play the full 90 on Friday. James was the difference maker in the reverse fixture back in October, as he netted the winner in a 1-0 Rovers win.

The Tranmere back line will have to be fully up to the task if they’re to stop Lincoln’s top goalscorer John Akinde, we will also have to keep Bruno Andrade quiet, the man who netted for Boreham Wood In last seasons’ playoff final.

The Imps winger Bruno Andrade

Tranmere are still likely to be without Ishmael Miller and David Perkins, who are still both out with hamstring injuries, as well as Liam Ridehalgh who picked up a knee injury in training. Crucially we could also be without Norwood who may step out for Paul Mullin after his impressive FGR performance.

We have sold all of our allocation for the Stacey West Stand, as little as that may be. The SWA are certainly in the mood to ruin Lincoln’s party.

It’ll be a tough game for the Super Whites but we will definitely test the Imps.

Score prediction:

Lincoln 2-1 Tranmere

Probable line ups:

Lincoln- Gilks, Eardley, Bostwick, Bolger, Toffolo, Anderson, Pett, O’Hara, Andrade, Akinde, McCarten

Tranmere- Davies, Caprice, Monthe, Nelson, Bakayogo, Morris, Harris, Banks, Pringle, Jennings, Norwood

William Gilbert


Twitter: @WillTranmere_

Blog: WillGilbertReport

Match Review

Photo Credit: Richard Ault

Tranmere 0-1 Forest Green (19/04/2019) Sky Bet League 2 Review

Tranmere’s automatic promotion hopes took a huge blow at the hands of Forest Green. The first half started off as an end-to-end, tight encounter, as slow as Rovers started, it seemed we could turn it on any minute. Any momentum we had was killed as another injury thumped us, this time it was our reliable centre half Mark Ellis. Ellis has been a huge part of the team and has put in many MOTM performances since coming into the team fully in February.

From start to finish the SWA backed the lads impeccably, once again. An astounding crowd of 9468 (170 away) rolled into PP today, it’s a shame that we couldn’t get the result we wanted.

Sid Nelson put a shift in at the back but couldn’t quite fit into the shoes left by Ellis, Paul Mullin made a huge difference off the bench and Chris Dagnall really didn’t get enough time or enough of the ball to make an impact. The deadlock was broken early in the second half when Junior Mondal (real name Lewis Scobal) fired a rocket of a shot into the top corner. The SWA ramped up the atmosphere as we searched for the all elusive equaliser. Paul Mullin’s free kick hit the post and the Green Devils certainly knew how to use up the time. In the second half we pushed forward and looked very dangerous, unfortunately it wasn’t our day.

Micky applauds a raucous Kop

There’s no doubt Forest Green are a “bogey team” to us. Another defeat at the hands of Mark Cooper’s men leaves us 4 points adrift of the top 3 with 9 points to play for. A win at Lincoln is crucial if we’re to get the automatics.

The park was packed, the game was disappointing. It’s a huge shame, the support can not stop though, we need to carry on pushing the lads forward over the finish line and try to get us into League 1.

Regardless of the result and those results of the teams around us, MM will undoubtably get into the lads, we will come back stronger and we will go for the win in our final 3 games. Don’t stop believing and don’t stop supporting the lads. Stick behind them, this is just a pit stop in our wonderful trip. SWA

Atmosphere: 3.5 *

Not quite on the level it was against MK but the SWA certainly tried their hardest to urge us on

Home support: 4.5 *

Nearly a 9,500 gate in the 4th tier, absolutely amazing. Simple.

Away support: 1 *

170 away supporters in a game this big is a bit mediocre. Only thing stopping a 0* is the topless bunch that danced all game.

Will’s MOTM:

Zoumana Bakayogo

With 2 Trademark 80 yard ‘zooms’ in the 1st half to remind us all why he remains a firm fan favourite

William Gilbert


Twitter: @WillTranmere_

Blog: WillGilbertReport