The Mariners travel to the Wirral to take on Tranmere Rovers tomorrow afternoon in our penultimate away fixture of this year’s Sky Bet League Two campaign.
Paul Hurst’s team head West off the back of a fifth home win of the season on Tuesday after Danilo Orsi rose from the bench to give Town a 1-0 victory over Play-Off chasing Barrow.
That result followed a home draw against Mansfield Town and an away win to Doncaster Rovers and Hurst will be looking for his team to continue the positive run towards the end of the season, starting tomorrow at Prenton Park.
After the victory against Barrow, Town rose into the top half of the table and victory tomorrow could see the team go as high as tenth in the table.
Owen Gallacher was the sole injury absentee on Tuesday night after the manager confirmed that, while he trained early in the week, he wasn’t at full fitness so wasn’t considered against Barrow.
Earlier today, Hurst confirmed to the press that Gallacher is now available for selection, meaning he has a full squad to choose from ahead of tomorrow’s match.
Young midfielder Evan Khouri picked up the Man of the Match award in Tuesday’s win. Substituted off in the second half after going down with cramp, Hurst shared that he is almost certainly going to be in the matchday squad.
Tomorrow’s hosts sit one place and one point below the Mariners having played a game more this season. They come into the match in patchy form with three draws in their last six but just one win in their last nine.
Tranmere dispensed with the services of Micky Mellon as manager last month after a second spell in charge of the club that lasted almost two years.
Ian Dawes has taken the helm for the remainder of the campaign as Tranmere, like the Mariners, look to finish as high up the table as possible.
The two teams have faced each other 68 times in the past with Town victorious in 30 of those, including in the reverse fixture in December when goals from Brendan Kiernan and Niall Maher gave the Mariners a 2-1 victory at Blundell Park. You can watch the highlights of that match HERE.
Our last victory at Prenton Park came in December 1998 when goals from Paul Groves and Lee Ashcroft gave Town a 2-1 win.
Marc Edwards is tomorrow’s referee and will be officiating his second match of the season after being in charge of our 1-1 draw away to Salford in October.
He will be assisted by Graeme Fyvie and Helen Edwards.
Tomorrow’s match is available for live streaming on Mariners TV to overseas supporters. Match passes are available for £10 HERE.