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Tranmere Rovers - Who needs a lemon when you've got a Mellon!

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Started on 16 October 2016 by JohnWarrington
Latest Reply on 23 July 2018 by JohnWarrington
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Micky Mellon has been named as National League manager of the month for the second month in a row.

Tranmere find themselves top of the National League after going another month unbeaten, albeit with two draws against Sutton United and Aldershot. The three wins against Lincoln, York and Woking have seen Mellon win his second consecutive manager of the month award.

Mellon said:

"It's great to be awarded with yet another Manager of the month award. It shows that I'm doing something right and noone can argue that we had a great September. We won three out of our five games against what can't be described as easy opposition, which is very pleasing."

"I only stood on the touchline and shouted at the top of my lungs. We're all now looking forward to our next league game. Away trips to Dagenham and Dover will really test us over the course of the next month. If we can maintain our current form then I see no reason why we can't keep winning games."

Tranmere's September results

Aldershot 2-2 Tranmere
Tranmere 2-1 Lincoln
York 1-3 Tranmere
Sutton United 1-1 Tranmere
Tranmere 1-0 Woking
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Adam Mekki scored the only goal as Tranmere recorded a 1-0 win over Dagenham and Redbridge at Victoria Road.





Dag & Red: Cousins, Raymond (Young 65), Doe, Robson, Widdowson, Boucaud, Guttridge (Robinson 60), Thomas-Asante, Whitely (Assombalonga 60), Maguire-Drew, Hawkins.
Subs Not Used: Howell, Justham.

Booked: Robson, Widdowson.

Tranmere: Turner, Vaughan, Fitzwater, Coker, Ridehalgh, Mekki (Tombides 31), Collins, Hughes (C Jennings 39), Tollitt, Cook, Norwood.
Subs Not Used: Davies, McNulty, Shaw.

Booked: Collins.



Referee: C Powell.
Stadium: Victoria Road.
Attendance: 2,102 (425 away).
Possession: Dag & Red 46% - 54% Tranmere
Shots: Dag & Red 6 - 17 Tranmere
On Target: Dag & Red 2 - 8 Tranmere
Fouls: Dag & Red 14 - 15 Tranmere
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Tranmere Rovers have been rocked by the news that winger Adam Mekki will miss 5 to 6 months of action with a damaged achilles tendon.

Mekki picked up the injury in the 31st minute of Tranmere's away win at Dagenham and Redbridge, going down under a challenge from Joe Widdowson. It was clear that goalscorer Mekki was in a lot of pain and the winger was subsequently taken off on a stretcher.

Tranmere manager Micky Mellon was disappointed with the prognosis of Adam Mekki's injury.

"I'm gutted to be honest. Adam has really been starting to make his mark on the side and become a regular fixture in the team, so for him to pick up this injury now is heartbreaking for him. 6 months is a long time in football but I have every faith that Adam will come back an even better player."
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Tranmere will travel to fellow National League side Barrow in the FA Cup 4th qualifying round after the pair were drawn together.

The game will mark the second time the sides have met this season with Tranmere taking the spoils in August with a 4-1 win. Adam Mekki, James Norwood, Jeff Hughes and Andy Cook were all on target at Prenton Park.

Our last trip to Barrow was the scene of one of the great Tranmere comebacks as 3 late goals gave Tranmere a 4-3 win. Highlights of that comeback can be seen below:



The full draw

Eastbourne Boro vs Dover
Nantwich vs Stalybridge
FC Halifax vs Southport
AFC Flyde vs Brackley
Boston Utd vs Harrogate
Folkestone vs Forest Green
Aldershot vs Braintree
Solihull Moors vs Workington
Skelmersdale vs Warrington
Bromley vs Concord
Tamworth vs Macclesfield
Hungerford vs Dorchester
Boreham Wood vs Chelmsford
Weston-super-Mare vs Bognor Regis
Barrow vs Tranmere
Ilkeston vs Bradford PA
Dartford vs Enfield Town
Ebbsfleet vs Torquay
Woking vs Bath
Chester vs Gateshead
Guiseley vs York
East Thurrock vs Maidstone
Hednesford vs Wrexham
Hampton & Richmond vs Sutton Utd
North Ferriby vs Whitby
Billericay vs Dulwich Hamlet
Nuneaton vs Lincoln
Heybridge vs Dag & Red
Eastleigh vs St. Albans
Alfreton vs Chorley
Havant & Waterlooville vs Maidenhead
Kidderminster vs Worcester
Interesting draw in the Cup mate, sure you'll have something up your sleeve for it!
Great start here mate!
2016-11-07 21:21#238483 mgriffin2012 : Interesting draw in the Cup mate, sure you'll have something up your sleeve for it!

It's not as easy as I'd have liked but I back us to beat anyone in the hat at this stage

2016-11-08 10:46#238507 Griffo : Great start here mate!

Thanks :)
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Tranmere striker James Norwood scored a hat-trick as Tranmere came from 5-2 down to win by 6 goals to 5 at home against Gateshead.





Tranmere: Turner, Fitzwater (Ihiekwe 88), Coker, McNulty, Ridehalgh (Shaw 74), S Jennings, Collins, Tombides, Tollitt, Norwood (Almond 81), Cook.
Subs Not Used: Davies, Kirby.

Booked: Ridehalgh.

Gateshead: Hanford, Owusu (Clunis 70), Smith, Williams, Smith, Mafuta, McLaughlin, Wrightson (Bell 81), Francis (Tattum 55), Ajala, D Johnson.
Subs Not Used: S Johnson, Styche.



Referee: G Jerden.
Stadium: Prenton Park
Attendance: 4,876 (71 away).
Possession: Tranmere 57% - 43% Gateshead
Shots: Tranmere 20 - 16 Gateshead
On Target: Tranmere 8 - 10 Gateshead
Fouls: Tranmere 12 - 12 Gateshead
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Tranmere Rovers manager Micky Mellon has described his shock after watching his side come from 5-2 down to beat Gateshead 6-5 at Prenton Park.

"I'm in shock. I honestly don't know how to describe that," said Mellon after the 6-5 win.

"At 5-2 down I honestly thought we were dead and buried and had no chance. I could see that a lot of the lads were down after the 5th goal so I think the fact that we got a goal back almost straight away really helped. Getting it back to 4-5 within 4 minutes really gave the leads belief to go on and win the game."

Mellon also had high praise for striker James Norwood, who put Gateshead to the sword, netting a hat-trick.

"Nors is a class act and we're lucky to have a player like him here at the club. Some of the goals he manages to score are simply unbelievable and it's great to see that he has really started to join forces with Andy Cook up top. Both of them are always looking to outdo each other so that can only be good for us."
What a turn around man!! :D
2016-11-08 18:55#238529 mgriffin2012 : What a turn around man!! :D

I still can't quite believe it myself
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Tranmere have signed veteran striker Kevin Lisbie on a deal that runs until the end of the 2016/17 season.

38-year-old Lisbie made his professional debut for Charlton Athletic during the 1996–97 season and went on to score 16 goals in 155 appearances for the Addicks. Possibly his best moment in a Charlton shirt was a hat-trick against Liverpool in a 3–2 win over the Merseyside club in September 2003.

From there, Lisbie had spells with numerous clubs before finally settling at Leyton Orient in 2011. At Orient, Lisbie scored 46 goals in 111 games however he suffered a shoulder injury which ruled him out of the first team for much of the early part of the 2014–15 season.

On his return, he found it difficult to re-establish his place among several other strikers at the club.

A move to Barnet followed and the striker was released following the expiration of his contract in the summer.
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Kevin Lisbie scored on his debut for Tranmere as they recorded a 3-2 win over rivals Wrexham at Prenton Park.





Tranmere: Turner, Vaughan, Coker, McNulty (Ihiekwe 76), Ridehalgh, S Jennings, Tombides, Norwood, Tollitt, Cook, Lisbie (Almond 45).
Subs Not Used: Davies, Fitzwater, Shaw.

Booked: Ridehalgh, S Jennings.

Wrexham: Dunn, Gabriel, Bencherif, Bainbridge, Newton, Cox (Harvey 45), Rooney, Dowling (Carrington 65), Wintle, Clarke (Gillett 90), White.
Subs Not Used: Bakare, Hoare.

Booked: Gabriel, Harvey, Rooney.



Referee: C Powell.
Stadium: Prenton Park
Attendance: 10,804 (2,046 away).
Possession: Tranmere 57% - 43% Wrexham
Shots: Tranmere 17 - 11 Wrexham
On Target: Tranmere 8 - 6 Wrexham
Fouls: Tranmere 16 - 12 Wrexham
A real blast from the past in Kevin Lisbie!!

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