Tranmere are back in league action on Saturday as they make the journey to Aldershot, scene of last seasons’ play-off semi-final win.
The trip back to Hampshire will be a tough one for Micky Mellon’s team. The Shots will most likely be in the play-off shake-up once again at the end of the season, and Rovers will hopefully join them once more.
They started the season in fine form, galloping to the top of the table before falling back away again to their current mid-table position. They have three points more than Tranmere but have failed to win any of the last four league games. Rovers on the other hand are finally upward mobile with two wins and a draw in their last three.
However, both teams will have some confidence going in to this one. For Aldershot, they beat Torquay in the FA Cup last weekend, and will also be desperate to exact some sort of revenge for that play-off defeat. They also have ex-Rovers midfielder James Rowe among their ranks after he joined in the summer.
Tranmere travel with no new injuries, however long-term absentees Jake Kirby, James Wallace – who was outstanding in both play-off games – and Ben Tollitt will miss out. Micky Mellon also ruled out a move for Stourbridge forward Jordan Archer this week despite reports he had agreed to join, and so he goes in to this one with just the six first team strikers.
Micky Mellon is under no illusions how tough tomorrow’s game will be, there is no doubt that a position result could really prove to be the catalyst for a further improvement of form.
Tranmere still sit down in 15th position, but three points in Hampshire will thrust them back in to the top half of the table and on to the coat tails of the play-off pack going in to next week’s home game with Halifax.
Defeat would make it feel like little progress is being made, and Tranmere could slip back toward the bottom end of the table, well below what is expected.
It’s a huge game, even in October. Fingers crossed the boys return with three points.