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


Tranmere or Barrow will contest a replay for the right to travel to League One Coventry in the FA Cup 1st round.

Barrow and Tranmere will contest a replay after Darren Stephenson's first goal for Tranmere cancelled out an early Harry Panayiotou opener. Both sets of fans will not have to wait long to find out who faces Coventry with the replay taking place this coming Wednesday at Prenton Park.

Tranmere last played Coventry in 2014 whilst in League One, doing the double over the Midlands side. Rovers won 3-1 at Prenton Park and an incredible 5-1 away from home with Jake Kirby, who is still at the club, scoring on that day.

The full draw

Eastleigh vs Wycombe
Millwall vs Crawley
Warrington vs Southend
Braintree vs Accrington
Northampton vs Colchester
Chester vs Brackley
Kidderminster vs Morecambe
Dartford vs Port Vale
Fleetwood vs Dorchester
AFC Wimbledon vs Sheff Utd
Southport vs Peterborough
Crewe vs Bognor Regis
Hartlepool vs Blackpool
Stevenage vs Leyton Orient
Coventry vs Tranmere
Yeovil vs Walsall
Chorley vs Bury
Carlisle vs Gillingham
Havant & Waterlooville vs Eastbourne Boro
Barnet vs Torquay
Shrewsbury vs Dag & Red
Bristol Rovers vs Luton
Rochdale vs East Thurrock
Boreham Wood vs York
Charlton vs Concord
Bath vs Cheltenham
Oldham vs Oxford
Solihull Moors vs Chesterfield
Portsmouth vs Harrogate
North Ferriby vs Scunthorpe
Vradford vs Macclesfield
Wrexham vs Forest Green
Swindon vs MK Dons
Notts Co vs Newport Co
Sutton Utd vs Billericay
Bolton vs Cambridge
Exeter vs Ilkeston
Staylbridge vs Doncaster
Grimsby vs Plymouth
Mansfield vs Lincoln

Tranmere will travel to Coventry in the FA Cup 1st round after easing past Barrow in their 4th qualifying round replay.



Final Score: Tranmere 4-0 Barrow

Tranmere: Turner, Fitzwater, Coker, McNulty, Ridehalgh, S Jennings, Collins (Maynard 76), Tombides, Tollitt (Kirby 67), Norwood, Cook (Lisbie 88).
Subs Not Used: Davies, C Jennings, Shaw.

Booked: Collins.

Barrow: Coughlin, Beeley, Smith, Livesey, Anderton, Haworth, Finch, Hughes (Turnbull 71), Williams, Harrison (Murray 53), Panayiotou (Hannah 71).
Subs Not Used: Foster, Parry, Harvey, Beevers.

Booked: Funch, Hughes.

Shots: Tranmere 18-10 Barrow
On Target: Tranmere 9-1 Barrow
Possession: Tranmere 56%-44% Barrow
Corners: Tranmere 10-2 Barrow
Fouls: Tranmere 14-9 Barrow
Attendance: 4,859 (112 away).
Referee: A Backhouse.

Man Of the Match: James Norwood

Kevin Lisbie scored twice in stoppage time as Tranmere beat Solihull Moors by three goals to nil at Damson Park.



Solihull Moors: Lewis, King-Elliot, Daly, Koue, Robertson, Beswick, Fowler (Franklin 45), Knights, Richards (Osborne 66), Murombedzi, Asante (White 61).
Subs Not Used: Martinez, Morris.

Tranmere: Turner, Fitzwater, Coker, McNulty (Ihiekwe 62), Ridehalgh, S Jennings, Collins (Maynard 56), Tombides, Tollitt, Norwood, Cook (Lisbie 62).
Subs Not Used: Davies, Shaw.

Booked: Fitzwater, Ihiekwe.


Referee: A Hutchinson.
Stadium: Damson Park.
Attendance: 1,259 (400 away).
Possession: Solihull Moors 38% - 62% Tranmere
Shots: Solihull Moors 5 - 17 Tranmere
On Target: Solihull Moors 0 - 7 Tranmere
Fouls: Solihull Moors 14 - 13 Tranmere

Lewis Collins scored and was sent off as Tranmere beat North Ferriby by four goals to one at Prenton Park.



Tranmere: Turner, Fitzwater, Coker, McNulty (Ihiekwe 61), Ridehalgh, S Jennings, Collins, Tollitt, Hughes (Tombides 54), Norwood, Cook (Lisbie 61).
Subs Not Used: Davies, Shaw.

Booked: Collins, McNulty.

North Ferriby: Douglas, Oliver (Gray 62), Hare, Slade, Robson, Fallowfield, Moran, O'Hanlon (Russell 68), Clarke (Brogan 61), Mukendi, Robinson.
Subs Not Used: Nellins, Fosu-Mensah.

Booked: Robson.


Referee: C Hatzisakis.
Stadium: Prenton Park
Attendance: 4,657 (42 away).
Possession: Tranmere 57% - 43% North Ferriby
Shots: Tranmere 30 - 7 North Ferriby
On Target: Tranmere 15 - 1 North Ferriby
Fouls: Tranmere 12 - 17 North Ferriby

Tranmere Rovers manager Micky Mellon has admitted that his team's discipline is a worry after seeing his side pick up a third red card in 5 games.

Tranmere picked up a third red in 5 games after seeing Lewis Collins sent off for a second bookable offence in their 4-1 win at home against North Ferriby. Rovers have also seen Lee Vaughan and Lois Maynard see red in recent games.

"It's becoming a worry now," said Mellon. "One red card you can accept as the lads can try a little two hard at times and get a little over zealous. Two and it starts to become a problem so to get a third in a month is really worrying."

Despite admitting to being worried about the number of red cards, Mellon was quick to point out that Lewis Collins should not have been given his marching orders.

"Whilst the others were definite red cards, there is no way that Lewis should have been sent off. For the second yellow card, Lewis is the one that's been kicked and their player has conned the ref by going to ground and rolling around like an idiot. It's disgraceful that players can get away with that."

Tranmere made it a worthwhile trip to the south coast, winning 1-0 at Dover, thanks to a Jake Kirby goal.



Dover: Walker, Lelan, Magri (Howlett-Mundle 67), Grimes, Da Graca, Griffiths (Thomas 78), Moore, Rosenthal, Logan (Orlu 56), Emmanuel, Lafayette.
Subs Not Used: Sterling, Marsh.

Booked: Griffiths.

Tranmere: Turner, Fitzwater, Coker, McNulty (Ihiekwe 56), Ridehalgh, S Jennings, Hughes (Kirby 62), Tombides, Tollitt, Norwood, Cook (Lisbie 45).
Subs Not Used: Davies, Shaw.

Booked: McNulty, Coker, Jennings, Ihiekwe, Fitzwater.


Referee: C Lymer.
Stadium: Crabble Athletic Ground.
Attendance: 1,056 (306 away).
Possession: Dover 42% - 58% Tranmere
Shots: Dover 7 - 19 Tranmere
On Target: Dover 0 - 6 Tranmere
Fouls: Dover 7 - 18 Tranmere

Micky Mellon has been named as National League manager of the month for the third month in a row.

Tranmere are still top of the National League table and are still unbeaten after winning all 6 league games in October, including wins over Wrexham and Dagenham and Redbridge.

Tranmere's October National league results

Dag & Red 0-1 Tranmere
Tranmere 6-5 Gateshead
Tranmere 3-2 Wrexham
Solihull Moors 0-3 Tranmere
Tranmere 4-1 North Ferriby
Dover 0-1 Tranmere

National league Tranmere produced a superb display to force a replay in their FA Cup 1st round tie with Coventry, the game finishing 1-1.



Final Score: Coventry 1-1 Tranmere

Coventry: Charles-Cook, Ricketts, Sterry, Turnbull, Page, Lawton, Bigirimana (Haynes 72), McCann, Wright (Haynes 72), Reid, McBean (Sordell 72).
Subs Not Used: Lameiras, Stokes, Tudgay, Burge.

Booked: Page.

Tranmere: Turner, Fitzwater, Coker, McNulty, Ridehalgh, Collins, Tollitt, S Jennings (Kirby 79), Hughes, Cook, Norwood (Lisbie 72).
Subs Not Used: Davies, Shaw, Almond, Ihiekwe, C Jennings.

Booked: S Jennings, Coker.

Shots: Coventry 14-5 Tranmere
On Target: Coventry 3-2 Tranmere
Possession: Coventry 51%-49% Tranmere
Corners: Coventry 3-3 Tranmere
Fouls: Coventry 8-15 Tranmere
Attendance: 8,885 (2,542 away).
Referee: J Linnington.

Man Of the Match: Afolabi Coker

The winner of the FA Cup 1st round replay between Tranmere and Coventry will host Southend in the FA Cup second round.

The last time that Rovers faced Southend was in the 2014/15 League Two campaign where Southend did the double over Tranmere. The League Two side beat Tranmere by two goals to one at Prenton Park before winning 1-0 at Roots Hall later on in the season.

The full draw

Shrewsbury vs Accrington
Bradford vs Scunthorpe
Rochdale vs Sheff Utd
Bristol Rovers vs Doncaster
Swindon vs Exeter
Millwall vs Morecambe
Chester vs Sutton Utd
Bury vs Forest Green
Charlton vs Port Vale
Fleetwood vs Walsall or Yeovil
Eastbourne Boro or Havant and Waterloville vs Oldham or Oxford
Plymouth vs Peterborough
Barnet vs Carlisle
Tranmere or Coventry vs Southend
Newport Co vs Cheltenham
Bognor Regis vs Stevenage
Northampton vs Hartlepool
Chesterfield vs Mansfield or Lincoln
Wycombe vs York
Portsmouth vs Bolton

Tranmere Rovers have brought in and sold a player on the same day with Ritchie Sutton leaving and Adam Buxton coming in.

Versatile defender Ritchie Sutton has joined namesake club Sutton Utd for a fee of two and a half thousand pounds. Sutton joined the club in 2015 and made 27 appearances for Rovers, scoring once. Last season, Sutton had a loan spell at fellow National League side Barrow where he made 10 appearances.

Coming into Prenton Park is former Portsmouth defender Adam Buxton who has signed a permanent deal until the end of the season.

The 24-year-old, who can play anywhere across the defence, joined the Fratton Park outfit at the beginning of the season after leaving Accrington Stanley. Having come through the ranks at Wigan Athletic, Buxton initially joined Stanley on loan at the end of the 2013-14 season.

Mellon said of the signing: "I’m delighted to be able to bring Adam to the Club. He is a player we have watched closely. He is a strong defender who will add to our options at this important stage of the season. He’s only 24 years of age but he has good experience in the Football League which I think will add to what we already have at the Club.”

Tranmere took the spoils in their local derby with Chester, with Liam Ridehalgh adding to a James Norwood brace in a 3-2 victory.



Tranmere: Turner, Fitzwater, McNulty, Coker (Ihiekwe 68), Ridehalgh, S Jennings (Tombides 68), Collins, J Hughes, Tollitt, Norwood (Lisbie 68), Cook.
Subs Not Used: Davies, Shaw.

Chester: Roberts, Helm, Vassell, Hudson, Horwood, S Hughes, George (Chapell 54), Durell, Vicars (Mahon 45), Lloyd (Hunt 75), Akintunde.
Subs Not Used: Morton, Waters.

Booked: George.


Referee: S Bennett.
Stadium: Prenton Park
Attendance: 6,078 (678 away).
Possession: Tranmere 56% - 44% Chester
Shots: Tranmere 18 - 9 Chester
On Target: Tranmere 7 - 2 Chester
Fouls: Tranmere 4 - 11 Chester

Steve Jennings stunned his former club, scoring the winner, as Tranmere beat Coventry 3-2 to set up a FA Cup 2nd round tie with Southend.



Final Score: Tranmere 3-2 Coventry.

Tranmere: Turner, Fitzwater, McNulty (Ihiekwe 81), Coker, Ridehalgh, S Jennings, Tombides, Collins, Tollitt (Kirby 81), Norwood, Lisbie (Cook 57).
Subs Not Used: Davies, Shaw, Hughes, Almond.

Booked: S Jennings.

Coventry: Charles-Cook, Ricketts, Stokes, Turnbull (Haynes 70), Page, Wright, McCann, Bigirimana (Jones 63), Reid, McBean, Agyei (Sordell 63).
Subs Not Used: Harries, Burge, Lameiras, Tudgay.

Shots: Tranmere 21-10 Coventry
On Target: Tranmere 9-4 Coventry
Possession: Tranmere 58%-42% Coventry
Corners: Tranmere 4-3 Coventry
Fouls: Tranmere 18-15 Coventry
Attendance: 11,769 (723 away).
Referee: D Bond.

Man Of the Match: Andre Wright

Tranmere manager Micky Mellon cut a proud figure as he discussed his sides 3-2 FA Cup 1st round replay win over League One Coventry.

After drawing the original tie at the Ricoh Arena, Tranmere went into the FA Cup 1st round replay against Coventry as massive underdogs. It looked as if Tranmere's FA Cup journey was over when Jack McBean scored but Andy Cook and Taylor Tombides made it 2-1. Sordell equalised for Coventry before Tranmere skipper Steve Jennings popped up with a late winner.

Rovers boss Micky Mellon was understandably delighted after his side secured a FA Cup 2nd round tie with Southend.

"I am over the moon with that result. Noone gave us a hope going into that game but we showed everyone just how far we've come. That game was like a throwback to the John Aldridge days when I was a player and I hope there's more of that to come in the next round. What a fantastic result."

Kevin Lisbie rescued a point for National League leaders Tranmere as they drew 2-2 away at Braintree.



Braintree: Beasant, Ashton (Williams 78), Goodman, Stone (Gayle 73), Okimo, Isaac, Matthews, Corne (Braham-Barrett 67), Lee, Akinola, Goodship.
Subs Not Used: Cheek, Banner.

Booked: Corne, Isaac.

Tranmere: Turner, Fitzwater, Coker, McNulty, Ridehalgh (Shaw 82), Collins (Tombides 82), Maynard, S Jennings, Tollitt, Cook, Norwood (Lisbie 71).
Subs Not Used: Davies, Hughes.

Booked: Collins.


Referee: D Richardson.
Stadium: Cressing Road Stadium.
Attendance: 966 (428 away).
Possession: Braintree 38% - 62% Tranmere
Shots: Braintree 13 - 20 Tranmere
On Target: Braintree 5 - 7 Tranmere
Fouls: Braintree 11 - 10 Tranmere

James Norwood scored twice against his former club, as Tranmere beat Forest Green by 3 goals to 1 at The New Lawn.



Forest Green: Maxted, Norman, Bennett, A Hughes, Field, Noble, Marsh-Brown Traore (Wishart 63), Frear (Kelly 63), Murphy (Moore 66).
Subs Not Used: Jefford, Russell.

Tranmere: Turner, Fitzwater, Coker, McNulty, Ridehalgh, Collins, J Hughes, S Jennings, Tollitt, Cook, Norwood.
Subs Not Used: Davies, Shaw, Lisbie, Maynard, Tombides.


Referee: M McLaughlin.
Stadium: The New Lawn.
Attendance: 1,469 (379 away).
Possession: Forest Green 45% - 55% Tranmere
Shots: Forest Green 9 - 15 Tranmere
On Target: Forest Green 3 - 7 Tranmere
Fouls: Forest Green 10 - 16 Tranmere

Andy Cook scored a late double, as Tranmere continued their remarkable National League run, with a 2-0 win over Torquay at Prenton Park.



Tranmere: Turner, Fitzwater, McNulty, Coker, Ridehalgh, S Jennings, Collins (Tombides 79), Hughes, Tollitt (Mangan 23), Norwood, Cook.
Subs Not Used: Davies, Maynard, Lisbie.

Booked: Collins.

Torquay: Moore, Duhaney, Gallifuoco, McGinty, Hamalainen, Richards (Burgess 73), Reid, Young, Verma (Marrow 62), Sparkes, Blissett (Ward 56).
Subs Not Used: Robba, Williams.


Referee: M Thompson.
Stadium: Prenton Park
Attendance: 5,213 (191 away).
Possession: Tranmere 64% - 36% Torquay
Shots: Tranmere 15 - 3 Torquay
On Target: Tranmere 4 - 0 Torquay
Fouls: Tranmere 12 - 13 Torquay

Tranmere will host National League North side Altrincham in the 1st round of this year's FA trophy.

The two sides played each last season in the National League with each team grabbing a home victory. Bowerman and Rankin scored in a 2-1 Altrincham win at Altrincham in August and a James Norwood goal separated the two sides in the return fixture at Prenton Park in December.

The full draw

Eastbourne Boro vs Chelmsford
Dag & Red vs Sutton Utd
Leatherhead vs Boreham Wood
Weston-super-mare vs Hastings
Maidenhead vs Forest Green
Aldershot vs Enfield Town
Goole vs Alfreton
Gloucester vs York
Margate vs Bromley
Barrow vs Chorley
Eastleigh vs Torquay
North Ferriby vs Salford
Tamworth vs Darlington 1883
AFC Flyde vs Lincoln
Grays vs Bath
Bamber Bridge vs Bradford PA
Solihull Moors vs Lancaster
FC Halifax vs Kings Lynn
Oxford City vs Whitehawk
Kingstonian vs Dover
Southport vs Droylsden
Guiseley vs AFC Telford
Maidstone vs Welling
Truro vs Braintree
Macclesfield vs Chester
Dulwich Hamlet vs Ebbsfleet
Stockport vs Kidderminster
Woking vs Dartford
Gateshead vs Curzon Ashton
Hampton & Richmond vs Bishop's Stortford
Tranmere vs Altrincham
Worcester vs Wrexham

Nana Owusu scored two penalties for Gateshead as they drew 3-3 with runaway National League leaders Tranmere.



Gateshead: Hanford, Tattum, Smith, Williams (Hogan 79), Owusu, Mafuta, McLaughlin (Broccoli 45), Ajala, Jasaitis (D Johnson 51), Twardzik, Moore.
Subs Not Used: Bell, S Johnson.

Booked: Mafuta.

Tranmere: Turner, Fitzwater (Hughes 73), Coker, McNulty, Ridehalgh, Collins (Tombides 55), Maynard, S Jennings, Tollitt, Cook, Norwood (Mangan 45).
Subs Not Used: Davies, Lisbie.

Booked: Fitzwater, S Jennings.


Referee: N Lugg.
Stadium: Gateshead International Stadium.
Attendance: 1,255 (378 away).
Possession: Gateshead 42% - 58% Tranmere
Shots: Gateshead 9 - 15 Tranmere
On Target: Gateshead 6 - 8 Tranmere
Fouls: Gateshead 11 - 8 Tranmere