Tranmere Rovers to face Grimsby Town in a clash with only pride to play for

Tranmere and Grimsby have nothing to play for other than pride going into the final stages of the season, with a spot in League Two nailed down for both, but some momentum going into the end of the season will be key for both. 

It’s been an alarming seven days for Rovers, as they’ve come up against two relegation rivals and performed abominably against both, and on both occasions, they’ve led.

Crawley Town was first and they went 1-0 up, but after succumbing to the pressure, they fell to a 2-1 defeat. 

This was similar to their most recent outing, but the only difference was that Rovers had a 2-0 lead, before blowing their lead to the league’s basement side, Rochdale. 

Tranmere are now coming up against a side on the up and on a great run of form, Grimsby Town.

Fresh from a magnificent FA Cup run, Grimsby have taken their momentum into the league as they’ve progressively risen up the division, to a point where they’ve overtaken Rovers. 

Paul Hurst has played an effective way which has won over the supporters, so the Mariners on their current run of form, can fancy themselves against an out-of-sorts Tranmere. 

Players To Watch

Harvey Saunders (Tranmere)

After a slow start as a Tranmere player, with goals hard to come by at the start, Saunders had always had a work ethic and was an energetic spark in the Tranmere attack, but all he lacked was the end product. 

Scoring his first against Colchester after pouncing on a mistake, Saunders has netted three times in six outings, so he’s now a man reborn after finally finding his scoring boots. 

He, like his squad, will be hoping from now until the end of the season that he can extend to his already recent healthy goal return. 

Harry Clifton (Grimsby Town)

Clifton is into his eighth season at the Mariners, where except for one season out on loan, he’s been an ever-present. 

Grimsby haven’t been overly reliant on goal-scorers, but Clifton is top of the charts with seven this campaign, as well as seven assists, meaning he’s a more versatile player who can chip in from everywhere, something Rovers will have to watch out for.

Head-to-Head matches 

2022-23: Grimsby 2-1 Tranmere 

2020-21: Grimsby 0-0 Tranmere 

  • Tranmere 5-0 Grimsby

2018-19: Tranmere 4-1 Grimsby 

  • Grimsby 5-2 Tranmere 

Managers 

Ian Dawes & Andy Parkinson (Tranmere)

With Tranmere yet to install a permanent outfit in the dugout since the departure of Micky Mellon, Ian Dawes and Andy Parkinson will be stepping in temporarily. 

Dawes, an experienced coach and Parkinson, a former Tranmere player, will be hoping to oversee another victory at their side with them stuttering of late. 

Paul Hurst (Grimsby)

After making his name at Shrewsbury Town, where he took a comfortable League One mid-table side into the play-off final, and fifteen minutes away from the Championship, Hurst has been around many teams. 

His first spell at Grimsby ended when he departed for the Shrews, and since he’s been at Ipswich, a sinking Scunthorpe side and now he’s returned to Blundell Park and has took Grimsby to new heights, making them a solid League Two side since promotion and took them to the FA Cup quarter-final. 

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