Tranmere Rovers vs. Bury (27/04/2019) Sky Bet League 2 Match Preview
1456 days on from the final day of the 2014/2015 League 2 campaign, we meet again. For the first time in 4 years Tranmere play host to Bury.
Rewind back in time, what were you doing on the 2nd of May in 2015? Were you one of the fans who chose to stay away from the toxicity of the club? Were you unable to go due to other plans? Were you at Prenton Park? If you were at Prenton Park you will have witnessed over 2000 Bury supporters celebrate promotion to League 1 following our own fall out of the football league. Almost 4 years on they can do it again, a win on Saturday could see Bury promoted to League 1, at Prenton Park, again! So much has changed both on and off the park for Rovers since that day. Since then we have appointed Micky Mellon, been to Wembley twice and been promoted. Bury have had 2 bottom half League 1 seasons and a relegation.
The feeling around the club is so vibrant at the moment. Everybody feels together, we all have one passion, one dream and one thing in common: We all want to be playing League 1 football next season.
Back when we last hosted Bury our fate was already decided, we were going into Non-League. This time around everything has changed, we are now hoping to get promoted to league 1. After suffering for 3 years in the hell hole that was the National League we finally escaped last May. While automatic promotion may seem a pipe dream now, finishing in the playoffs is something we should be proud of achieving. A point on Saturday will guarantee Rovers a playoff spot, however, even in defeat it seems extremely likely we will get a spot, for us not to we would need Newport to win all their 3 final games, Exeter to win their final 2 and for us to lose our final 2. Very unlikely.
Rovers still have one of the best home records in the division. Bury have one of the better away records in the division. This tie will be tasty. With an expected 2000+ Bury supporters and a crowd of around 10,000 ready to cram PP, the atmosphere will be electric. Unfortunately for Rovers, we will be without defender Mark Ellis- it was confirmed by Mellon in the week that he has injured his cruciate knee ligaments. The Whites will also be without Ishmael Miller and likely Evan Gumbs, Gumbs shined in his performance at Lincoln on Monday. Mellon also confirmed that Saturday will likely be too soon for Liam Ridehalgh to make a return. Fortunately for Tranmere, David Perkins is back in training, as is Steve McNulty, this gives Rovers a huge boost as we head into a potential playoff battle.
Last time we played Bury it was during our run of poor performances away from home- a 2-1 defeat at Gigg Lane in December moved us down to 9th in the table. Since then we have drastically improved, the signings of Perkins, Morris and Pringle among others have spearheaded us into the promotion picture. A lot of controversy currently looms over Bury, it is believed that they are in a lot of trouble financially- this has led a lot of Football supporters to call them out for spending too much to ensure they are immediately promoted back to League 1. After seeing Lincoln celebrate being crowned champions against us on Monday. We will be eager to ensure we don’t have another celebration against us on Saturday.
Saturday promises to be a highly intense and exhilarating match. A win could put us back in with a chance of getting automatic promotion, even if it is a long shot. Even if we don’t get automatic promotion, it has been a magnificent season and one we should be proud of. The current group of lads and the supporters have put Tranmere back on the map after we slipped off it in recent years. All staff, players, supporters and anyone else involved with the club should be eternally proud of this season. Here’s to hoping we win our final 2, get some form going into the playoffs and get promoted to the third tier. Micky Mellon’s going for two in a row! SWA!
Tranmere 2-2 Bury
Probable line ups:
Tranmere– Davies, Caprice, Monthe, Nelson, Bakayogo, Morris, Harris, Banks, Pringle, Mullin, Norwood
Bury– Murphy, Aimson, Thompson, Wharton, Adams, O’Shea, Rossiter, Mayor, Stokes, Telford, Maynard
Lincoln City 0-0 Tranmere Rovers (22/04/2019) Sky Bet League 2 Review:
After game number 44 of the season, it looks like it’s the playoffs for Tranmere. The whites worked hard for 90 minutes at Sincil Bank and it could be argued we were unlucky not to leave with all 3 points. With 6 points left to play for we are 4 points off the top 3. We are also only able to be caught by Newport outside the playoffs but it seems a tragedy would have to take place for us to drop out the top 7 now. A third playoff campaign in a row and our first playoff finish in the EFL since 2005, MM has got something special going on with that group of lads.
This afternoon also saw Lincoln win the league title, their second in 2 years, so congratulations to them! The work rate from our boys today, especially in the blistering heat, was tremendous. The first half was mostly Lincoln pushing forward and threatening our goal, however, Sid Nelson and Manny Monthe were solid at the back. Manny himself got a lot of praise on social media from opposition fans after the game. Another unfortunate injury struck at the end of the first half as Sid Nelson suffered a shoulder injury- this forced him off at the break. He was replaced by Rovers youth product Evan Gumbs, unfortunately, he came off with his own injury in the last few minutes. Evan made his first football league appearance for us today since November 2014, a game which saw us lose at Luton.
Gumbs and Gilmour coming on was a stroke of genius by Mellon, who once again showed off how clever he is tactically. Gilmour’s introduction allowed us to create more chances it was just unlucky for us that we couldn’t convert them.
We were backed by 920 members of the SWA today, they, of course, did not stop singing all game. The support we give the lads has been nothing short of phenomenal all season. We played fearless football and ran at the new champions with pace and intention. Unfortunately, it wasn’t quite our day in front of goal, leading marksman Nors missed a select few chances. Matt Gilks in the Lincoln goal had his palms stung a few times. Spirits are still high among the SWA, even with only 1 win in our last 5.
Let’s pack the park for the final time in the league this season. Get down to PP and support the lads, let’s get up to League 1! TEQUILA!
Both sets of fans making enormous amounts of noise with 9658 altogether packing out Sincil Bank (920 SWA). Class.
Home support- 4.5*
Fantastic support from the Imps all game. Hindered by some inappropriate fans at the end of the game goading the SWA.
Away support- 4.5*
The 3-hour trip, just under 1000 travelled, didn’t stop singing. Unbelievable.
Didn’t put a foot wrong, solid at the back and kept Akinde silent.