This Tuesday we visit Prenton Park for a Vanarama National League fixture four days earlier than scheduled due to both clubs FA Trophy fixtures on the Saturday.

It is without any shadow of a doubt this is the trip, much like the rest of the Division a game the players and supporters look forward to the most.

Tranmere Rovers are one of the great F A Cup sides of recent sides. The year we were winning the Ryman League Division One South title dropping just ten points from our last 14 matches, Rovers were thrilling British football fans with a truly unforgettable run in the Cup.

Their first sit up and take notice result was a 0-3 win at Goodison Park, when Division One beat The Premiership in a fierce local derby. Rovers followed that up with a Fifth Round victory over another Premiership side Southampton in dramatic fashion. After a draw on the South Coast they thrilled the football world coming back from being 0-3 down to win 4-3 at Prenton Park, the scene of their exit in the quarter finals when Liverpool made the short bus journey, winning 2-4.

Rovers have reached the quarter finals of the F A Cup on three occasions in the last fifteen years, but their heroics of 2000-2001 saw then relegated to Division Two (now rebranded as Division One).

However, recent years have been cruel to the Birkenhead based club and two straight relegations have seen them drop out of The Football League for the first time since joining in 1921.

That led to the appointment of Gary Brabin, somewhat of a National League expert, having previously managed at Cambridge United, Luton Town and Southport. After failing to get them back up at the first attempt and a shaky start to the season, the Tranmere board replaced him with Micky Mellon.

One thing that has not changes is the locals passion for football as they continue to get 4000-5000 regularly through the gates.

Wood go there looking for a repeat of last season but know how tough a task that will be. With one win in just 11 games gaffer Luke Garrard will be hoping to end that stat come 10pn Tuesday.

Subject to player availability and with current injurys to key players the gaffer may have to look to his academy boys to compliment the squad.

Tranmere Rovers v Boreham Wood.

Tuesday 21st February kick off 7.45pm.

Prenton Park,

Prenton Road West,

Birkenhead, Merseyside.

CH42 9PY.


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