Match Preview: Tranmere Rovers vs FC Halifax Town

By Peter Tscherewik

Tranmere Rovers host FC Halifax Town at Prenton Park this Saturday, in a game that both sides desperately need to win to keep their playoff hopes alive.

The visitors will be looking to take revenge on Rovers, having fallen to a 1-3 defeat to Micky Mellon’s side two weeks ago in the fourth qualifying round of the FA Cup.


Team News

Adam Buxton could feature within Rovers’ squad for this fixture, after missing Tuesday’s match at Hartlepool United and the game before against Aldershot Town.

Elliott Rokka, Ben Tollitt and James Wallace all remain on the sidelines with long-term injuries, while Jake Kirby is ahead of schedule in his return after breaking his leg.

Tom Denton is set to be reintroduced into the FC Halifax Town squad this weekend, having missed the Shaymens’ last three matches, while Nathan Hotte is suspended.

Manager Billy Heath will be hopeful of being able to name a full strength 18-man squad for the first time since his side faced Bromley, over a month ago.

 


Recent Form

Tranmere Rovers are without a win from their last three matches, but their performance in the 1-1 draw against Hartlepool United on Tuesday will have added some much needed confidence to both the manager and players.

As pressure continues to mount on Micky Mellon, the Super White Army will be desperate to replicate a similar result to that of a few weeks ago.

FC Halifax Town have also struggled recently, and haven’t won in each of their last five games (drawn three, lost two).

Following their defeat to Maidstone in midweek, goalkeeper Tom Nicholson claimed that the Shaymen ‘will be a different side’, when they play Tranmere Rovers this Saturday.


Stat Attack

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Tranmere Rovers vs FC Halifax Town: Last Time Out

The last time these two sides met was only a few weeks ago, as both teams battled it out at the MBi Shay Stadium for a place in the first round of the FA Cup.
Connor Jennings fired in for Rovers after five minutes, giving Micky Mellon’s side the perfect start. The travelling Super White Army suffered a scare with 20 minutes on the clock, as veteran Steven McNulty put the ball into his own net to level things up again.
James Norwood’s goal on the stroke of half-time was what ultimately turned the game in Tranmere Rovers’s favour. Despite some fight from the hosts after the restart, full-back Liam Ridehalgh killed the game on 57 minutes to make it 3-1 to Rovers.

Author Predictions

Josh Roberts: 2-0

Tranmere Rovers need to get back to winning ways soon and what better way to do that than to come up against the side they comfortably beat away from home only a few weeks ago. FC Halifax Town won’t pose much of a threat and it should be easy pickings for Rovers.

Joel Lampkin: 3-1

Tranmere Rovers have already beaten FC Halifax Town and following a hard-fought draw away to Hartlepool United in mid-week, Micky Mellon’s men should be wanting to prove that they can win games now more than they ever have before.

Peter Tscherewik: 3-0

Micky Mellon’s side should look at this fixture as the perfect opportunity to pick up a much-needed win, FC Halifax Town are in terrible form at the moment and all being well, Rovers should have far too much for the visitors to handle on the day.

George Williamson: 3-2

Finally the goals will start to go in at the right end, the team will be in high spirits after a good second half come back in midweek. A win is needed and they’ll get it this weekend against a poor FC Halifax Town side.

 

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