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Preview: Tranmere Rovers v Pools

27 April 2018

Prenton Park Rex Features
Tranmere Rovers play at Prenton Park

We turn our attentions to the last day of the season with a full and in-depth preview of our National League trip to Prenton Park.

Tranmere Rovers v Hartlepool United
Vanarama National League
Saturday 28th April 2018, 12.30pm
Prenton Park

In Opposition
Tranmere Rovers have already secured their spot as runners-up in this season’s National League and will now eagerly await their opponents in the semi-final of the play-offs.

This term’s new play-off system means Rovers will be guaranteed home advantage in a one-off semi-final to be played against the winners of the tie played between whoever finished fourth and seventh.

As a result, Prenton Park boss Micky Mellon opted to fully rotate his starting line-up for Tuesday’s trip to Solihull Moors with a host of fringe and Youth Team players called in for the 2-1 defeat.

It’s the second season in a row that Rovers have qualified for the play-offs and they’ll be hoping they can wipe away the heartache suffered twelve months ago when they were beaten by Forest Green Rovers in the Final at Wembley.

There is set to be a carnival atmosphere on the Wirral for Saturday’s game with hundreds of fancy dress clowns making the trip from Pools to join Tranmere fans who have been invited to don retro shirts for the day.

One To Watch
Andy Cook has enjoyed a brilliant time with Tranmere Rovers since making the switch to Prenton Park in the summer of 2016.

Having been snapped up from Barrow, Cook hit the ground running last term and scored 24 times as Rovers came agonisingly close to reclaiming their place in the EFL.

He’s already got 27 this time around, including an eye-watering nine in his last six outings, so Pools will have to be on red alert to keep the 27-year-old under wraps this weekend.

Form Guide
Tranmere Rovers:

Head To Head
Saturday’s game will be the 126th competitive meeting between the sides and Tranmere have the edge after enjoying 57 victories in comparison to Pools’ 40 over the years.

Games between the teams have proved close in recent times though and the last three encounters have ended in draws, including October’s 1-1 draw at The Vic when Nicky Deverdics’ thunderbolt free-kick was cancelled out by Jay McEveley.

Pools have a good recent record at Prenton Park too – they’ve not lost in any of their last five visits to Birkenhead and will hope to extend that run this weekend.

Sam Purkiss will take charge of his fourth Pools game of the season when he’s the man in the middle for this weekend’s last day encounter at Prenton Park.

Another of the officials in his first season on the National League list of referees, Purkiss last saw Pools in action as recently as last month when he presided over our 2-1 win at Maidstone United.

However, his previous two occasions on the whistle at Pools fixtures haven’t been as memorable – he was on the whistle for our away defeats at Dagenham in January and Ebbsfleet in November.

His most recent outing came last weekend when he oversaw Aldershot Town’s 1-1 draw with Barrow, a game in which he produced his sixth red card of the campaign.

Live Coverage
We’ll be linking-up with our friends at BBC Tees to provide live commentary for Pools PlayerHD subscribers all over the world.

If you can’t get to Prenton Park on Saturday then make sure you join us for full online coverage to keep right up to date with the action against Rovers.

Click here for more information on joining Pools PlayerHD on a Monthly Pass for just £4.49.

Pools fans can make a saving by heading online to buy in advance for Saturday’s game – click here now.

Tickets will also be available on the day of the game but prices will rise by £2.

Click here for all details on buying tickets for Saturday’s game.

Match Odds
Tranmere 3/5
Pools 9/2
Draw 3/1

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Match Reports

Pools Finish Season With Tranmere Win

28 April 2018

Liam Donnelly Mark Fletcher (Shutter Press)
Liam Donnelly celebrates his goal at Tranmere Rovers.

Pools brought the 2017/18 season to a close with an entertaining 2-1 win over Tranmere Rovers at Prenton Park.

A first-half penalty from Liam Donnelly was doubled after the break by Rhys Oates and, while the hosts pulled one back shortly after, Matthew Bates’s side were worthy winners.

It was a fairly entertaining first as both teams played some decent attacking football and put on a good showing for the travelling army of Poolies.

The first chance of the game fell to Andy Cook who jinked his way past Louis Laing to get in on goal but Scott Loach got down quickly and held the effort on nine minutes.

Liam Donnelly, back in the side this afternoon after missing the past six games with injury, added his calming influence to the back four and got up well to clear a Josh Ginnelly corner over the bar.

At the other end, Blair Adams whipped a corner in from the right which was headed back in by Laing for Jake Cassidy who tried his luck with an overhead volley that went high.

Nicky Featherstone scooped a lovely ball over for Lewis Hawkins who met it with a neat volley but his shot was blocked out by Scott Davies.

Scott Loach pulled off a great save to deny James Norwood as the hosts built their pressure in the run-up to half-time; Norwood jinked his way in from the right and worked his way past the keeper initially but Loach recovered well and got down to block the shot.

Ginnelly spotted Loach off his line late in the half and tried to chip the Pools stopper but he saw his shot curl wide of the post.

But Pools had one last attack in them before half time and, when the ball fell to Donnelly inside the box, he was pushed from behind and the referee pointed to the spot.

Donnelly stepped up himself to take the penalty and, although Davies went the right way, the ball went past the keeper and Pools took a 1-0 lead into the break.

Pools started the second half strongly and looked more than a match for promotion-chasing Tranmere.

With pressure on the home goal from Adams and Cassidy, Laing put in a great tackle at the other end to break down a Tranmere attack.

Sub Rhys Oates broke down the left to whip a ball across the face of goal but there was no one in position to shoot.

And Oates was back at it again shortly after, forcing his way past Jay Harris with great pace to send a shot rolling across goal, which just scraped wide of the far post.

Pools were on top at this stage and playing some impressive football, passing it about with style and keeping Tranmere at arm’s length.

When the hosts did get the ball though, they looked a threat and Cook had a great chance to shoot after cutting in from the left but he sent his effort wide of the near post.

Loach pulled off a great saved to deny Cook who sent a header his way; the keeper stuck out a hand to push it off the line and, while the flag went up, it was definitely a save worth noting.

Pools were 2-0 up on 75 minutes as Louis Laing put a corner back into the mix, where Donnelly pushed it towards goal before Oates got the goal. The Pools forward rolled the ball past Davies and over the line with a cheeky back-heel to double his side’s lead.

Tranmere Rovers pulled a goal back just two minutes later as Jeff Hughes curled a brilliant freekick past the impressive Loach and into the top corner to make it 2-1.

Pools worked hard this afternoon and were worthy winners against a strong Tranmere Rovers side who will be looking to gain promotion through the play-offs this season.

Full Time: Tranmere Rovers 1 Pools 2

Booked: Cassidy (33), Donnelly (51), Hawkins (73)

Tranmere Rovers: Davies, Ridehalgh, Sutton, McNulty, Harris, Cook, Norwood, Norburn, Ginnelly, Hughes, Cole (Duggan 68).
Subs Not Used: Taylor, Mangan, Clarke, Monthe.

Pools: Loach, Donnelly, Laing, Magnay, Adams, Featherstone (Harrison 90), Hawkins, Newton, Donaldson (Hawkes 90), Rodney (Oates 60), Cassidy.
Subs Not Used: Catterick, Orrell.

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Ticket News

Make A Saving On Tranmere Tickets

25 April 2018

Prenton Park Phil Oldham/REX/Shutterstock
Tranmere Rovers play at Prenton Park

Here's all the ticket information you need if you want to support the lads at Tranmere Rovers this weekend.

Pools fans can make a saving on tickets for our game at Prenton Park by buying in advance from Tranmere Rovers’ online ticketing website – click here now.

When buying online, supporters have the option to request the tickets emailed to them, print them from home or access them via the smartphones.

Fans are advised that ticket prices will rise £2 on those listed below if bought on the day of the game.

Adults £17
Seniors (65 and over) - £10
Young Persons (18-22) - £10
Disabled (with free carer ticket) - £10
Juniors (under 18) - £5
Under 12s – £2*

Disabled supporters are advised to call Tranmere’s Club Store on 0151 609 3328 in order to purchase tickets and send a copy of their DLA letter to

To obtain a disabled or carer concession, the supporter must be receiving the medium or high rate care component of disability living allowance. This applies to ambulant disabled and wheelchair users. If not an adult or senior, then this will be the age category price.

*Remains the same price on matchday. All juniors under 12 must be accompanied.

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