Mariners Next Up For Mellon’s Men


Grimsby Town are the next team to lie in wait for Micky Mellon’s high flying Tranmere Rovers side who find themselves in the thick of the promotion race from League Two.

The Mariners visit Prenton Park on Tuesday evening looking to do a league double over Rovers following an impressive 5-2 triumph at Blundell Park earlier in the campaign.

A number of factors played their part in that result, not to mention a handball goal the home team scored to take the lead towards the end of the first half. No, no, we don’t forget these things you know!

So Tranmere will be looking to avenge that November night and show the Lincolnshire side just what they are capable of, and continue this impressive run of form which has seen them pick up 16 points from a possible 18 from their last six league matches.

Victory over Crewe Alexandra on Friday night lifted Tranmere into 5th in the League Two standings, and their impressive form has turned them from mid-table obscurity into promotion hopefuls.

James Norwood was, again, the matchwinner for Rovers against Crewe, scoring the only goal of the game in the second half, the 26th goal of what has been a prolific season for the striker.

Grimsby Town, under the management of Michael Jolley, have had an up and down season I think it’s fair to say.

They have been very streaky, stringing a succession of positive results together but following it up with a run of negative ones.

They’re currently in the middle of a negative run of form, having lost their last two outings against Cambridge United and Crawley Town, so hopefully, that run will extend.

They’ve found goals hard to come by this season, a fact which makes the 5-2 defeat there earlier this season even more baffling, scoring only 39 so far from their 36 league matches played.

Striker Wes Thomas, he of the hand of Cod, is leading the way for the Mariners with 11 league strikes to his name and will be the main focus of the Rovers rearguard on Tuesday evening.

They sit in 15th position on 47 points, 10 places and 11 points behind Rovers.

There are 10 games remaining for Tranmere to try and cement their current position with the League Two play-off places. It would be a fantastic achievement for Micky Mellon and his squad of players if they could pull it off, and from there, well, who knows what can happen in the lottery that is the play-offs?

Half of those 10 games take place at Prenton Park where the home crowd can play their part, be the 12th man and cheer the lads on to success.

There has, generally, been a good atmosphere in the stadium this season and it would be great to see the Wirral public get behind the team as we aim to climb our way back to where we once were and where we believe we belong.

So, if you can, get yourself a ticket for the game and get behind the lads. Buy them online at

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