It was an enforced weekend off for Tranmere Rovers with the heavy rain causing the postponement of the trip to Boundary Park to take on Oldham Athletic.
But, all in all, it has not been a bad weekend for Micky Mellon’s side who remain firmly in the play-off zone sitting in fifth position in the League Two standings despite not playing while the majority of others did.
Teams above Rovers failed to capitalise on Tranmere’s lack of action and so the gap to third (the automatic promotion places) remains five points with Rovers now having a game in hand.
With just over six weeks of the season remaining, it really is hotting up in League Two and Tranmere are in the thick of it.
A run of five successive victories and six wins and a draw from the last seven league outings has put Rovers in a fantastic position which many supporters could only have dreamed of at the beginning of the campaign.
However, of the nine remaining matches, Mellon’s men have to tackle their promotion chasing rivals in six of them, with their next fixture away at Colchester United on Saturday.
Home advantage against Carlisle United, MK Dons, Forest Green Rovers and Bury could be a useful weapon in this race, with the Super White Army playing their part in the push, while there will likely be a healthy away contingent at Lincoln City.
From last weekend’s results, only Exeter City managed to pick up maximum points, with a number of top 10 clashes seeing points shared including Mansfield Town’s 1-1 draw with league leaders Lincoln City.
It will be an undoubtedly difficult final six weeks to the season for Tranmere, but they find themselves in a brilliant position. Those encounters against fellow promotion and play-off chasing rivals will be key. Positive results in those games, and at minimum, it should be a place in the end of season lottery which is the play-offs.
With four of those games being played at Prenton Park, the fans can really play their part in helping the team and being the proverbial 12th man. If you’re unsure of the positive effect support can have on the team, may I point you to the video of the 2018 National League play-off final.
This team really is a team to be proud of. So don’t be afraid to shout about it. Be loud and be proud and cheer the lads on in this final push, and who knows where it may lead us.
PS. The postponed game away at Oldham Athletic has now been rescheduled to be played at Boundary Park on Tuesday 2nd April, 7:45pm kick-off.