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Match Preview and Report - Tranmere Rovers (Home) 17.07.18
By Mark Strickland
Warrington Town take on English Football League side Tranmere Rovers tonight. The team from Birkenhead travel to the Winner Recruitment Stadium, after developing a few close links with the Yellows, after several loan and permanent deals between the sides.
It’s also a special night for Paul Carden, who goes up against the side he briefly managed back in 2016.
The sides last met in a Cheshire Senior Cup tie in 2017 and the Wire were victorious, winning 2-0.
With a few trialists merging in with some of the seasoned pros from last season, it is likely that the stronger opposition will see a stronger Town side, with less changes throughout the game.
On Tuesday night, WTFC welcomed Tranmere Rovers for the Yellows’ second pre season friendly. The preceding Saturday had seen Warrington take part in a stalemate at Wythenshawe Town, with several first team players returning.
Team news saw the return of Jamie McDonald, who impressed during his maiden season at the club. The Yellows number 9 was joined by Tony McMillan, Adam Carden, Liam Hynes, Matt Makinson, Dylan Vassallo and Josh Amis who all featured at the weekend in Greater Manchester.
Trailists Paul Jennings and former Liverpool FC player Jack Dunn also started, with thd former also appearing at Ericstan Park. To conclude the selection, the return of Mitchell Duggan, making his second Yellows debut against his most recent club.
The Yellows started with a good intensity and Dylan Vassallo had two almost identical chances, but could get no elevation on his efforts. However, the Super White Army's Wembley hero, James Norwood, had an effort cleared off the line just before this.
Next up, Jack Dunn rattled the bar from a free kick, with the former Town keeper, Luke Pilling rooted to the spot.
Then came a moment Josh Amis would quickly like to forget, when he unfortunately diverted his header wide with the goal gapping.
Sadly for Carden’s men, these misses proved costly and Jonny Smith struck past McMillan, after the keeper’s headed clearance failed to leave the danger zone.
There was almost an instant reply, as Steve McNulty, Tranmere’s skipper, made an uncharacteristic mistake playing the ball across the face of goal. McDonald pounced but dragged his effort wide.
Half time brought a first half of thrilling football to an end - the Wire did not deserve to be behind.
The second half saw Shaun Beeley, Richard Brodie and Tony Gray introduced.
Consequently, whole sale changes by each side saw the game lost its edge in the second half, but it must be said Tranmere became more dominant as the Warrington players tired.
The supremacy saw TRFC strike a second - Paul Mullin turning home a Connor Jennings header.
As the referee brought an end to the game, the spirited Yellows received warm applause.
Meanwhile, Tranmere commenced with their pre-match warm down. They next play Fleetwood Town on Saturday.
Town next line up against Runcorn Town on the same day, reverting to a custom 3pm kick off.