>Tranmere Rovers (H) Preview

>The Cobblers’ season comes to an end tomorrow as Tranmere Rovers are the final opponents of 2007/08. We know that a win will guarantee a top ten finish in Stuart Gray’s first full season in charge.

Team News

Mark Bunn picked up an injury whilst training with Manchester City this week and is a doubt as he fights to complete his 100% record of season appearances. Chris Dunn waits in the wings should Bunn not make it. Stuart Gray has hinted that one or two changes may well be made following last week’s 2-2 draw at Port Vale but he is definitely without Mark Hughes and Brett Johnson. Poul Hubertz could play his final game for the club as he prepares to leave in the summer.

Tranmere are without hamstring injury victim Calvin Zola while Jennison-Myrie Williams is also out with a knee problem. But boss Ronnie Moore is hopeful that Shane Sherriff’s hamstring injury clears up in time for the game while Paul McLaren returns from a one match ban.

Recent Meetings


The Cobblers take a 2-0 half time lead through Andy Kirk and Poul Hubertz but for the second time in a month let the lead slip as Chris Shuker and Gareth Taylor level things up.


In Stuart Gray’s first game in charge, Scott McGleish gives us an 11th minute lead but John Mullin equalises with just three minutes to go.


Goals from Calvin Zola, Gareth Taylor and John Mullin give Tranmere the points at Sixfields. Scott McGleish grabs a late consolation but it’s not enough to stop Rovers forcing another home defeat on us at the start of last season.


In the game that confirmed our relegation back to the basement division, Tranmere hammer the poor Cobblers in a game that saw them score twice in injury time.


Simon Haworth grabs a brace and Ryan Taylor and Alex Hay one each in an easy away day for Rovers back in December 2002.


Second half strikes from Jason Price and Wayne Allison give Tranmere a comfortable victory.

The Man in the Middle

Mr. Ward has predominantly refereed in Leagues One and Two this season. After producing a red card in his first game of the season, he went on to show 74 yellow cards and eight reds in just 26 games. Ward will be taking charge of the Cobblers for the first time tomorrow afternoon.

For The Record…Cobblers v Rovers…

Games Played: 35
Cobblers Wins: 13
Draws: 10
Tranmere Wins: 12

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