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Match Preview: Stevenage vs Tranmere Rovers

24 February 2023

Jim Steele

Stevenage look to return to winning ways as they welcome Tranmere Rovers to The Lamex Stadium in Sky Bet League Two…

Boro sit second in Sky Bet League Two with games in hand over the fellow promotion hopefuls around them. The side are winless in the last four league matches and will be searching for their first victory since last month’s thrashing over Leyton Orient.

Stevenage’s home form this campaign has been impressive, as they have picked up twelve wins from fifteen league matches at The Lamex Stadium.


After missing out on the play-off places by just two points last season, many assumed Tranmere would be up there once again battling for promotion. However, this has not been the case, with the side currently sitting fifteenth in the table after winning eleven, drawing eight and losing thirteen from thirty-two league matches.

The ‘Super White Army’ have lost four of their last five league games, with their most recent defeat coming at home to Mansfield Town last weekend. Tranmere’s away form hasn’t been spectacular either, winning just four from sixteen matches away from home this season.

Micky Mellon is currently in his second managerial spell at Tranmere, with his first tenure including back-to-back promotions from The National League to Sky Bet League One. Mellon returned ahead of the 2021/22 campaign and has been in charge at Prenton Park ever since.


Boro and The Super White Army have faced each other fifteen times in the past, with previous results being split fairly evenly. Stevenage have picked up five wins against tomorrow’s opponents, with Tranmere winning four meetings and the sides drawing six times.

The first ever meeting between the two clubs was during the 2011/12 Sky Bet League One campaign as Mark Roberts and Chris Beardsley grabbed the goals in a 2-1 victory at The Lamex.

This season’s reverse fixture occurred on the opening day of the campaign as Boro travelled to Birkenhead with new summer signings making their debuts. Jake Reeves’ first-half goal was followed by Jordan Roberts’ late winner to pick up all three points in the opening league fixture.


Martin Woods has been appointed Match Referee for tomorrow’s match with Daniel Bonneywell and Stuart Butler as his assistants, and Gareth Viccars as Fourth Official.

Woods has dished out seventy-five yellow cards and four reds in twenty-one matches this season.


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