Rovers will be a tough nut to crack

Date published: 23 November 2018

Athletic boss Frankie Bunn has in-form Tranmere in his sights.

Athletic head to Birkenhead tomorrow for their latest League Two assignment, and they’ll take on a side who are flying in what is their first season back in the Football League.

Micky Mellon's outfit currently occupy the final play-off position.

Bunn said: “Tranmere are on the back of a promotion and are going well in the league.

“They're a difficult side to beat at home having played nine, winning six, drawing two and losing one.

“They're quite formidable opponents, but hopefully we'll turn up and have a performance like we did second half last Saturday against Cambridge.

“They're all big games, there are no easy games and Tranmere are a very competitive side.

“There's a lot of physicality with the games in general and hopefully we can come away with another positive result on Saturday.”

Athletic fans will be travelling to Prenton Park in their numbers once again this weekend, with over 1,000 tickets sold so far.

Bunn was once again pleased to hear the mass support, but he isn’t shocked that there will be another big away following for his side.

“It doesn't surprise me how many tickets we've sold,” added Bunn.

“It's been tough for the supporters as well with all the travelling this month.

“Any game in close proximity is well supported, so I just hope they turn up in good voice and back the lads.”

Athletic head to Tranmere in decent form, remaining unbeaten in their last three matches (at Notts County, Hampton and Richmond in the FA Cup, and at home to Cambridge).

Athletic will wear a special tangerine third kit during the Prenton Park clash.

The shirt, which has been produced as a one-off, will be worn to avoid any clashes with the Tranmere colours which are blue and white. 

The kit will not be available to purchase and will only be used in special circumstances.

Meanwhile, the date has been confirmed for Athletic’s round two tie in the Checkatrade Trophy.

The derby clash against Rochdale at the Crown Oil Arena will take place on Wednesday, December 5, with a 7pm kick-off.

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