It’s down to the final 5 games and the Dons remain in the automatic promotion position after a 2-0 home loss to leaders Lincoln City. Next up is a trip to Prenton Park to play Tranmere Rovers.
After promotion from the National League last season, Tranmere Rovers have not lost the winning feeling as they aim for back to back promotions. The ‘Super White Army’ are sitting in 5th place just 4 points off the Dons and the all-important automatic promotion position. The last 2 games have seen Tranmere drop points with their last fixture a frustrating 0-0 draw away at Newport County. Tranmere also were to lose 2-0 away to Oldham which ended a 7-game winning run.
Earlier this season saw a 1-1 draw at Stadium MK. Jonny Smith opened the scoring, pouncing on a loose ball after Nicholls saved from top goal scorer James Norwood. Chucks Aneke equalised for the Dons in added time at the end of the first half after keeper Scott Davies misjudged the cross from Dean Lewington.
The Dons dropped to 3rd after the 2-0 defeat to Lincoln City. It was a spirited display against the league leaders in front of a bumper crowd. Dons are second to Mansfield only by goal difference whilst leading Bury by a single point.
Players to Watch
The primary threat to the Dons will be league 2 top goal scorer James Norwood. This week also saw Norwood named as the League 2 player of the season after scoring 27 goals so far. Norwood began his senior career at Exeter City with Tisdale as manager. His playing time for the Grecians was short-lived making only 4 appearances before various loan spells at Sutton United, Forest Green Rovers & Eastbourne Borough. Forest Green Rovers later signed Norwood from Exeter in 2011 and made 161 appearances for Rovers scoring 48 goals. In 2015 Norwood signed for Tranmere Rovers scoring 89 times in 180 appearances including the winning goal vs Boreham Wood at Wembley in the play-off final to take Tranmere back to the football league.
Tranmere’s man in the dugout is Micky Mellon. Micky’s playing career saw him play for Tranmere in 2 spells racking up 173 appearances. His first management spell came at Fleetwood Town where he spent 4 years at the Cod Army. In this time, Mellon’s Fleetwood won the Conference National with a points haul of 103 points. He would later leave Fleetwood and joined Barnsley as assistant manager. The next year, Mellon became the head coach at Shrewsbury Town and battled against relegation through most of his time in charge. Although there were highs with a good FA cup run which included victories against Leicester City and forcing a replay against Manchester United.
Mellon would leave Shrewsbury to join Tranmere early into the 2016/17 season and were to go on to win promotion to the football league. His win record is 76 games out of 146 whilst at Tranmere Rovers.
Tranmere will be without midfielder Luke McCullough who will miss the rest of the season following a cruciate knee ligament injury picked up against Carlisle United. Ismael Miller has also been absent with injury recently and may also miss this Saturday’s match.
Alex Gilbey has missed the last 2 fixtures after hobbling off against Stevenage. Tisdale was hoping to call on Gilbey for the Lincoln match so may pass fit in time for the trip to Tranmere. George Williams & Jordan Moore-Taylor are both back training on grass but may still miss out as they return from lengthy injuries. Robbie Simpson, Baily Cargill & Mathieu Baudry have also spent time on the treatment table recently to keep Simon Crampton’s office busy.
Tranmere Rovers play their home matches at Prenton Park which can hold just over 16,000 supporters. This is an all seated covered stadium which will be the envy of a large portion of League 1 & 2 clubs.
The away end at Tranmere is known as the Cowshed which will help Dons fans feel right at home. This stand is behind one of the goals which can fit up to 2,500 supporters. There are no supporting pillars blocking sightlines of the pitch. To the right is the main stand which is 2 tier stand with some supporting pillars within the second tier. To the left is the Borough Road stand which was renamed to the Johnny King stand in memory of the former manager. The stand behind the opposite goal is the Kop which is a large single tier stand holding over 5,000 supporters.
Details of the disabled facilities available at Tranmere Rovers can be found via the below link:
Advance of matchday (before 5pm on Friday 12 April)
Seniors (65+): £11
Young adults (18-22): £11
*Under-12s must be accompanied by an adult.
Seniors (65+): £13
Young adults (18-22): £13
*Under-12s must be accompanied by an adult.
SUPPORTERS WITH DISABILITY
Ambulant disabled supporters pay the disabled rate of £11 or the relevant age bracket if cheaper. Supporters with a disability are entitled to a FREE personal assistant.
MK Dons coach travel is on sale for £24 with a £1 discount for season ticket holders. Coaches will depart Stadium MK at 9:30AM. Coach travel can be booked online, from the box office or by calling 0333 200 5343. Coach travel will remain on sale until 5PM on Friday 12th April subject to availability.
The postcode for Prenton Park is CH42 9PY
From Milton Keynes, join the M1 Northbound and merge on to the M6. Remain on the M6 until junction 20 south of Warrington and join the M56 Westbound. Leave the M56 at junction 15 and join the M53 heading North West. Leave the M53 at junction 4 and take the 4th exit onto the B5151 (Mount Road). Continue on this route until you reach the double roundabout. Take the second exit at the first roundabout and the second exit at the second roundabout to join Thornton Road. Continue on this road until you reach a T-junction and turn left onto Borough Road. The ground will then come into view on your left.
The closest train stations to Prenton Park are Rock Ferry or Birkenhead Central. Both stations are approx. 20-minute walk to the ground.
There are parking spaces available at the ground for £5. You may also find street parking near the ground although be careful of parking restrictions in certain areas. There is also a sports bar available to park your car for £3 on Borough Road going past the Kop. There is also parking available at the Birch Tree Pub for £5 which is refundable for food and drink within the pub.
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