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The Big Match Preview: Tranmere vs Wycombe

All you need to know.

8 November 2019

Team news, tickets, travel and more...

Tranmere Rovers vs Wycombe Wanderers
Saturday 9th November 2019 (kick off 3pm)
Prenton Park
Referee: Martin Coy

The first round of the FA Cup provides a first meeting of Tranmere Rovers and Wycombe Wanderers since March 2015, and like London buses, the pair come together again at the same venue next weekend in League 1.

Gareth Ainsworth's men have fallen at the first hurdle of both the Carabao Cup and Leasing.com Trophy this season, but this competition has provided special memories against Aston Villa and Tottenham in recent times which will serve as inspiration to reach the third round and beyond this time around.

Standing in their way are a Tranmere side who enjoyed back-to-back promotions from the National League to League 1, and are managed by Micky Mellon who was in charge at Fleetwood Town when they sprang a shock on the Chairboys in the first round of the FA Cup back in 2011.

Rovers have seven points from their last four league games, enjoying impressive triumphs at Coventry and MK Dons but suffering from inconsistency and finding themselves on the wrong end of a 5-0 thrashing at Sunderland.

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Wanderers have been given tickets in the Cowshed Stand at Prenton Park (all seated and covered behind one goal).

Prices are as follows.

Adults: £10
Seniors (65+): £5
Young Adults (18-22): £5
Under 18s: £1
Under 12s: £1

On the day of the match (once sales via Wycombe's TicketCo system have ended) an online facility will be set up on trfctickets.co.uk; select home matches -> Wycombe Wanderers -> Cowshed, and you can purchase tickets from here, which will be sent to a smartphone and scanned in on the turnstile. Online sales remain at the cheaper, advanced rate outlined above.

Alternatively Wycombe supporters can pay in store at Prenton Park, however there is a £3 increase for all age categories except under 18s. There is no cash turnstile facility.

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Gareth Ainsworth has no fresh injury concerns, with Alex Samuel making his return in Tuesday's meeting with Fulham under 21s.

Kit
Wycombe will be in their regular blue strip for this fixture, with a Mayfair FX sleeve badge.

Man in the Middle
Martin Coy has shown 47 yellow cards and no red cards in 11 matches in the middle so far.

His last involvement in a Wycombe fixture was the 2-2 draw at Blackpool last season.

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By Adrian Wood

POST CODE: CH42 9PY

Using the car? These are the recommended road directions
Take the normal route to the northbound M6 (M40 and M42). Leave the M6 at Junction 20 then keep left on the westbound M56 signposted North Wales, Chester, Runcorn. Leave the M56 at Junction 15 then join the M53, signposted Ellesmere Port and Birkenhead. Exit M53 at Junction 4 and take the fourth exit from the roundabout onto the B5151 (Mount Road). The ground is signposted from here. Continue for 2.5 miles when Mount Road becomes Storeton Road and turn right into Prenton Road West at the traffic lights. The ground is on the right-hand side after 200 yards.

Mileage from High Wycombe = 197 (approx. journey time in normal traffic conditions 3 hours 15 minutes)

Recommended area for car parking
There is a very large car park at the ground which costs £5 per car per game. Car park tickets can be purchased in advance from the Ticket Office on 0333 014 4452 and online at www.trfctickets.co.uk. Beware of a residents parking scheme which is in operation around on many roads around the ground. Further along Borough Road, going past the Kop Stand, is a sports ground which has parking spaces costing £3 per car.

Using the train?
The closest railway stations are Rock Ferry and Birkenhead Central, both served by Liverpool Lime Street. Both stations are a fair walk from the ground (15-20 minutes).

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Facilities for away fans
The ground capacity is 16,587 (all seated). Away fans are housed behind one goal - in the affectionately named Cowshed. This fairly new covered, all seated stand, has good facilities and unhindered views of the playing action and can house up to 2,200 fans. The concourses are of a good size and the acoustics of the stand good, meaning that away fans can really make some noise from inside this stand. The main telephone number is 0333 014 4452. 

Time on your hands?
The Prenton Park Hotel, which is very close to the visiting supporters’ turnstiles, is popular with away fans. A short way along Prenton Park Road is the Birch Tree, which also welcomes visiting fans. Previously called the Mersey Clipper, it has been refurbished and is now part of the Flaming Grill chain. Other hostelries within walking distance are The Sportsman’s Arms on Prenton Road East and The Cock and Pullet on Woodchurch Road (about a 10-minute walk away). There are several take-aways and restaurants nearby. At the ground, outside the Main Stand, the Club have put together a Fan Parke, which visiting supporters are welcome to visit. This has a mix of music, street food, plus a bar. Part of it is housed in a covered indoor marquee.

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Match Reports

Report: Tranmere 2-2 Wycombe

Teams will meet again in FA Cup first round replay.

9 November 2019

Joe Jacobson and Alex Samuel were on target as Wanderers earned a first round replay in their FA Cup tie at Tranmere Rovers.

Kieron Morris drilled Rovers into an early lead but a sumptuous free-kick from Jacobson levelled matters before Samuel turned the game on its head in the second period.

However, Morris secured a draw with his second of the game and neither side could find a winner, meaning they'll meet three times in 12 days as they prepare to do battle once again in the league next Sunday.

Gareth Ainsworth was forced to do without regular right-back Jack Grimmer, who picked up a knock in training in midweek, so Sido Jombati came into the defence with the Blues boss naming David Wheeler, Rolando Aarons and Alex Samuel in the front three.

And Wanderers were fortunate not to fall behind in the first minute, when Kieron Morris was picked out in space on the right-hand side of the box and drilled a low effort against the base of the post, with Anthony Stewart then blocking Connor Jennings’ follow-up.

But the chance didn’t serve as a wake-up call for Wycombe, who then found themselves unable to clear at the edge of their own box and a through-ball to Morris was expertly converted into the far corner beyond the reach of Ryan Allsop.

Jennings then bent a chance just high and wide from 20 yards with Rovers enjoying more possession in the final third, as Wanderers’ more patient approach was yet to pay dividends with the killer pass eluding them.

Rolando Aarons looked to be a potential game-changer, winning a corner with a superb run from deep, the end result being a free-kick to Wanderers just outside the box – dead centre – after Dominic Gape was clattered.

Step forward Joe Jacobson, who curled a peach of an effort into the top corner, leaving Scott Davies standing for his fifth goal of the season.

Rushian Hepburn-Murphy looped a header into Allsop’s arms as Tranmere looked for an immediate response, but the game entered a lull as half-time approached, with neither side likely to add further goals before the interval, though David Wheeler did have a sniff of a goal when he stretched to meet a low cross in stoppage time.

1-1 it stood at the break, and the first opening of the second period arrived via Wheeler, who delivered an inviting cross across the face of goal, but no blue shirt could convert.

Wheeler was then denied a clear penalty for shirt-pulling, with the officials seemingly watching the ball from Sido Jombati’s lofted cross rather than the two-handed grapple from Sid Nelson as the two jostled in the box.

But it mattered not. A minute later, Wanderers were ahead, thanks to a clinical finish from Alex Samuel as Jacobson’s free-kick towards the penalty spot landed amidst a flock of players, and the Wycombe number 25 kept the coolest head to strike it past Davies’ outstretched right glove.

Tranmere were rocked, and sloppy in possession, giving the visitors hope of extending their lead, as Wheeler nodded down for Samuel to send an overhead kick at goal, only for a deflection to make it easy for Davies to collect.

Samuel then drilled wide and Wycombe won a quick series of corners as their pressure grew, but then out of nothing, Rovers were level. Jennings escaped down the right and though his first cross was poor, he was granted a second opportunity to drive into the box and ultimately find Morris, who lashed home his second of the game.

Tranmere made a double change with Morgan Ferrier and Corey Blackett-Taylor being introduced to add extra pace to their attack, while Wycombe responded by bringing on Adebayo Akinfenwa for goalscorer Samuel.

But Rovers’ equaliser now saw them move into the ascendancy, with the crowd behind them once again, and Kane Wilson almost put them in front with an inventive effort with the outside of his right boot, but the ball bent just wide.

Then came Nick Freeman, taking the place of Bloomfield as Jacobson took the armband, before Akinfenwa went agonisingly close, beating his man to Curtis Thompson’s cross but glancing a header just wide with Davies beaten.

And then Freeman cut in from the right, leaving his man sprawling on the ground, before unleashing a low shot which deflected behind, which led to Wheeler nodding down for Charles to poke it goalwards only for Davies to tip his chance over.

Rovers sub Ferrier then won a free-kick when an unconvincing tumble when chasing a ball alongside Charles, but it was convincing enough for the ref to award the set-piece, but when the ball came out to Jennings, his effort was high and wide.

Nnamdi Ofoborh replaced Dominic Gape as the clock hit 90, with three minutes added on, as Wycombe won another succession of set-pieces with Ofoborh seeing a chance deflect wide.

Tranmere had a 3-on-2 break in the final minute but Ferrier wasted the opportunity to play an early pass to his team-mate in acres in space, and in the end a low shot was comfortable for Allsop to collect before the referee blew for full-time.

The two sides will now meet at Adams Park in the replay on Wednesday 20th November, k.o. 7.45pm.



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Ticket News

Tickets on sale: Tranmere (A, 09/11)

Get up for the cup at Prenton Park.

31 October 2019

Tickets are now on sale for the FA Cup first round tie at Tranmere Rovers on Saturday 9th November (k.o. 3pm).

Wanderers have been given an initial allocation of 400 reserved tickets in the Cowshed Stand at Prenton Park (all seated and covered behind one goal).

Prices are as follows.

Adults: £10
Seniors (65+): £5
Young Adults (18-22): £5
Under 18s: £1
Under 12s: £1

On the day of the match (once sales via Wycombe's TicketCo system have ended) an online facility will be set up on trfctickets.co.uk; select home matches -> Wycombe Wanderers -> Cowshed, and you can purchase tickets from here, which will be sent to a smartphone and scanned in on the turnstile. Online sales remain at the cheaper, advanced rate outlined above.

Alternatively Wycombe supporters can pay in store at Prenton Park, however there is a £3 increase for all age categories except under 18s. There is no cash turnstile facility.

To book advance tickets, go online to the TicketCo website and follow these steps:

1) Select the Tranmere vs Wycombe fixture on 9th November
2) Choose collection* or postage, and hit 'Place Your Order'
3) Select the ticket types and quantities you wish to purchase, and hit 'Please continue'
4) Continue through the next steps to confirm your order, input your personal details, and make the payment
5) Once your payment is complete, you'll receive a receipt with a QR code, but this is NOT your ticket. For all away fixtures, you'll need a traditional paper ticket, which you can receive by post, or collect it (see point 3 above)

*Away tickets made available for collection can be picked up from Adams Park until 1pm on the day before the game, or from the home club's stadium from 1.30pm on the day of the game

To book coach travel, visit http://www.owwsa.co.uk.

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