Opinion: AFC Fylde a big threat to Tranmere Rovers’ promotion charge

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By Joel Lampkin

Tranmere Rovers may be smelling the roses in the National League but the biggest thorn in their promotion charge may be a side fresh into the Play-off places.

AFC Fylde reigned victorious in a 3-0 win against Maidstone just three days after hammering top of the table Macclesfield 6-0.

The newly promoted side this season have dropped just two points out of their last seven games and have not looked out of place within the National League.

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Rovers struggled against a strong Fylde away from home 

Tranmere succumb to their charm on the opening day of the 2018 calendar as they were shrugged off 5-2 in what was a humbling performance for Micky Mellon’s men.

As The Super White Army divert their gaze towards rivals Wrexham this Saturday, dropping points could mean potentially leapfrogging rovers in the table.

For all of Tranmere’s quality, the fight and desire from The Coasters may have eclipsed their success over the past two seasons, and one that other sides should take inspiration from.

Having won one and lost one against the in-form side, both sides have the ball in their court with 16-games left to play.

Games left to play

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Tranmere have secured seven successive home wins in the league, although their away form has lacked.

Tranmere still to play:

Wrexham (A), Ebbsfleet United (H), Leyton Orient (A), Bromley (H), Macclesfield Town (H), Maidstone United (A), Gateshead (H), Dagenham & Redbridge (A), Boreham Wood (A), Eastleigh (H), Dover Athletic (A), Solihull Moors (H), Chester (A), Aldershot Town (H), Halifax Town (A), Hartlepool United (H),

Rovers have seven home fixtures still to play in the National League with key games against Wrexham, Macclesfield and Aldershot coming up.

With half of the fixtures played at home, you would expect Tranmere to pick up maximum points while their away form has taken a few hits over the season.

 

 

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