Match Preview: A.F.C Fylde vs. Tranmere Rovers

By Joel Lampkin

VERSUS FYLDE (A) GRAPHIC

Five wins on the trot have saw a Tranmere Rovers side morph from mid-table survivors to dominant predators as The Super Whites are earmarking every upcoming opponent as prey.

Following a classy 4-0 win over Guiseley AFC, The Rovers now face the short trip to AFC Fylde, a side they faced on Boxing day as they look to repeat their success in their first fixture of 2018.


Team News

Bad news for Tranmere as the fixture but his loan-deal expires, Dylan Mottley-Henry has picked up a groin injury that has ruled him out for at least three weeks.

With Barnsley currently undergoing a takeover it is unlikely The Super White Army will see him back in a Rovers shirt again.

Tranmere are extremely close to having Ben Tollitt and James Wallace back to full fitness, although Jake Kirby made his long awaited return to League action at Prenton Park following a 10-month absence through a broken leg.

However, Fylde will also be without a key player as midfielder Sam Finley was sent off for the second game in succession in his side’s 2-1 win over Maidenhead United.


Recent Form 

Fylde picked up their first win in December in what was their last fixture of 2017 to carry at least some form heading into their New Years Day bash against Tranmere.

The home side defeated Maidenhead 2-1 despite going a goal down but two goals in the last 20 minutes helped them claim all three points as they battle to stay away from the drop zone.

Tranmere are currently on a hot streak of five games unbeaten in League action with much of the plaudits being heaped on midfielder Connor Jennings who has bagged six goals in his last four games.

The 26-year-old is in fine form at the minute with the addition of Ollie Banks and Ollie Norburn behind him allowing him to assist James Norwood and Andy Cook up top.

With eighteen in the past five league games, The Rovers are marching towards the upper echelon of the National League and currently sit in sixth place just eight points off Macclesfield United in first position.


Stat Attack

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This fixture will be just the second time the two sides have met in League action with Tranmere recording a 4-1 win over the home side in their first meeting on Boxing Day.

While The Super White Army are known as some of the best fans in football itself, they have outdone themselves as they have sold out all of the away allocation with the 1350 fans expected to make a racket on January 1st.

Meanwhile the man to watch, just as he was in the previous fixture will be Connor Jennings as the midfielder has bagged six in his last four appearances.


Predictions

Joel Lampkin: 1-3

Tranmere overcome Fylde in their previous meeting, with their class eventually shining through in what was a good showing from the visitors. However, with The Super Whites bagging eighteen in five games, and Jennings in fine form as well as Norwood and Cook scoring recently, it is hard to look past a well fought victory on the road.

Pete Tscherewik: 1-2

Rovers are in scintillating form right now and are full of confidence. Having beaten Fylde only a week or so ago, expect Tranmere’s attacking power to fire again here and get the team an away win.

Josh Roberts: 1-2

Rovers are bang in form and it will take a big effort to beat them. Fylde didn’t play too badly at Prenton Park on Boxing Day and at home will provide a sterner Test for Tranmere but one I expect them to overcome once the final whistle blows.

George Williamson: 0-2

Rovers are on fire at the minute and should be no match for a Fylde side that were soundly beaten on Boxing Day by a pretty settled Tranmere starting line-up. Expect that trend to continue on New Year’s Day.

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