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Match Preview: Stevenage vs Tranmere Rovers

22 April 2022

Jim Steele

Stevenage welcome Micky Mellon’s Tranmere Rovers to The Lamex on Saturday for a crucial Sky Bet League Two clash as the fight for survival continues…

Steve Evans’ men sit four points clear of the drop zone ahead of yet another vital matchday. A win for Stevenage with Salford City defeating Oldham on Saturday would secure the club’s Football League status for next season. As for the opposition, Tranmere currently sit in the final play-off place as they look to solidify this with victory over Boro.

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Tranmere Rovers were founding members of the Football League Third Division North in 1921 before going on to be an extremely well-established Football League club. Rovers spent the first half of their Football League stay floating between the fourth and third tier, with many promotions followed by relegations. The club even faced administration in 1987 but manager John King soon guided them to two promotions which saw the club enter the second tier of English Football.

The 1990s proved to be the most successful period in the club’s history as Tranmere enjoyed time in the second tier. Rovers came agonisingly close to reaching the Premier League as they fell short in the play-offs on three occasions. Tranmere even reached the 2000 League Cup final but were relegated the next season and watched their club fall to The National League. After just three seasons, however, they’d return to The Football League and go back to being a competitive EFL side.

This season has been exciting for Rovers fans as they have watched their side pick up the best home record in the league, but their away form has been below expectation, winning just four out of twenty-one away fixtures. Tranmere are unbeaten in four games with their most recent fixture ending 2-0 in their favour at home to Exeter City.

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Stevenage and Tranmere have met on thirteen occasions in the past with the results being shared evenly. Boro have won three encounters with Rovers winning four and the sides drawing six. The last time Stevenage came out on top against Tranmere was last season thanks to Danny Newton’s strike after being on the pitch for just a matter of seconds.

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  • Referee – Keith Stroud
  • Assistant Referee 1 – Robert Hyde
  • Assistant Referee 2 – Sam Lewis
  • Fourth Official – James Oldham

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