Match Preview: Boreham Wood vs Tranmere Rovers

By Peter Tscherewik

Tranmere Rovers face their third successive domestic away match this Saturday as they make the long journey down to play Boreham Wood. Whilst Micky Mellon’s men haven’t played a match at Prenton Park since February 20, the manager will be hoping that this side can continue their good run of form on the road.

The Super Whites picked up all three points against Dagenham and Redbridge last time out, with a convincing 4-0 win. The Wood faced off against Maidenhead United in midweek, and were left frustrated after having to settle for a 1-1 draw.

Team News

Tranmere have no fresh injury concerns to report, while Ollie Norburn remains suspended for this fixture.

Jeff Hughes has returned to training, and could feature in the squad as he recovers from a hamstring problem.

Evan Gumbs and Jake Kirby remain sidelined for Rovers with long-term injuries.

Boreham Wood also have an injury-free squad, and midfielder Kieran Murtagh is available for selection again having missed the fixture against Maidenhead United in midweek.

View from the Dugout

Mike Jackson on the 4-0 win vs Dagenham and Redbridge: “It was a good result, we were happy with it. At this stage of the season, I don’t think you’re going to get great football matches, it’s about finding ways of winning them.

“The lads went about it really well, it was hard to go two weeks without a game, on top of a week where we couldn’t really get any training done, but they got themselves around that and got the result which is all that matters.

Recent Form

Rovers have picked their form back up in the last few weeks, with two successive wins (both away) against Dagenham and Redbridge and Maidstone United. Micky Mellon’s men have shown their bounce back ability once again, which is mightily impressive considering they lost 4-1 to Macclesfield Town before then.

Tranmere are currently third in the Vanarama National League table, seven points adrift of the league leaders. In terms of the last six matches, the Super Whites have 13 points from their previous six games. That tally is only bettered by Macclesfield (15) and Sutton United (16).

Boreham Wood have been on song recently too, with 12 points from a possible 18 on offer. Luke Garrard’s side have only lost two domestic matches in 2018, and have won 50% of their home matches in this 2017-18 campaign.

Garrard’s team will be hoping to pick up a positive result in this match to kick-on their play-off push, as they sit sixth in the table. Their disappointing 1-1 midweek draw against Maidenhead United will give them a huge incentive to react in Saturday’s match.

Tranmere Rovers vs Boreham Wood: Last Time Out

The last time the two sides met was back in August 2017 at Prenton Park, where Garrard’s men were left with an almightily frustrating trip back home.

Both teams went into half-time at 0-0, but the visitors struck first through Portuguese winger Bruno Andrade’s spot-kick and their lead was doubled on 69 minutes through Angelo Balanta.

Micky Mellon’s side threw the kitchen sink at The Wood in the final stages, and luckily it paid off. A goal each from Andy Cook and Andy Mangan in the last ten minutes did the damage, and earned Tranmere a valuable point in the end.

Tranmere slipped down to 19th in the overall standings with that result, albeit with only six games of the campaign played. Boreham Wood climbed up to third, only a point off top spot.

Full-time: Tranmere Rovers 2-2 Boreham Wood

Author Predictions

George Williamson: 1-0 (Boreham Wood) – This match-up has all the makings of being a very tight encounter, both sides will be desperate for a win. Rovers have the quality and character, but I think they could struggle against a free-flowing Boreham Wood side who will snatch this late on. I don’t like backing the opposition, but my gut tells me this will be a smash and grab.

Josh Roberts: 2-1 (Tranmere) – The home side like to score a lot of goals so it would take one hell of a defensive effort to keep them out, but Rovers have their tails up after back to back away wins and will want to make it nine points out of nine on the road as they look to chase down Macclesfield at the top of the table.

Joel Lampkin: 1-0 (Tranmere) – Boreham Wood have not lost a game of football since January 20 and remain right amongst the top-six teams vying for promotion. If Tranmere do have the better squad they must prove it but there can be absolutely no room for mistakes.

Peter Tscherewik: 1-0 (Tranmere) – The stats suggest that this goals should have a lot of goals in it, however I’m expecting it to be an extremely nervy affair with both sides keen to keep things tight. Tranmere appear to have a solid partnership at the back in Manny Monthe and Steve McNulty, and the pair could hold the key to the result for Rovers. The Super Whites will travel home happy with all three points, and it’ll be won late on.


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