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PREVIEW | Tranmere Rovers vs Wrexham AFC

Red Dragons take on Tranmere for the first time since 2017

1 September 2023

Match Previews

PREVIEW | Tranmere Rovers vs Wrexham AFC

Red Dragons take on Tranmere for the first time since 2017

1 September 2023

Wrexham hit the road once again, however this fixture lights the touch paper more than most, as we make the short trip to Birkenhead to take on Tranmere Rovers.

Not since 2017 and in the National League have the two sides faced off, when Chris Holroyd scored the only goal, securing a victory for ten-man Wrexham.

Sam Wedgbury got sent off inside the first fifteen minutes at Prenton Park and saw a valiant effort from his teammates to see the result over the line.

The two sides both sit in the lower half of the table, with Wrexham five places above the Whites in 16th position, knowing a win would see them climb the table.


In midweek, the Red Dragons bowed out of the Carabao Cup through the same method they found victory against Wigan Athletic.

It finished 4-3 on penalties to Bradford City, with Luke Young and James Jones missing the first and last spot kicks.

The Bantams got off to the dream start, after referee Benjamin Speedie awarded them a penalty 81 seconds into the contest.

Aaron Hayden was judged to have brought down his man inside the penalty area, despite comfortably winning the ball.

Nevertheless, Tyler Smith tucked the ball home, landing just under the outstretched right hand of Mark Howard.

Wrexham began to fight their way back into the fixture, with Jake Bickerstaff and Sam Dalby both coming close to leveling.

For the second fixture under the lights in a row, it was Will Boyle that found the back of the net, with his rising header nestling into the top corner, past Harry Lewis.

Wrexham continued to pile on the pressure late in the game but couldn’t quite find the cutting edge required to beat Lewis once again.

Despite the result, it was the first time Hayden had made a competitive appearance since January, and James McClean also featured after a short break through injury.

There was also more positive news, with Paul Mullin confirmed to be back in non-contact training, as he continues to recover from a punctured lung.

On Friday afternoon, Parkinson bolstered the squad with the arrival of midfielder George Evans, who could feature in tomorrow’s game, subject to League registration.


Rovers are without a win in three fixtures in all competitions, and only have one win in their last five so far this season.

That victory is their only win in Sky Bet League Two, with a 3-0 victory coming against Harrogate Town.

Since then, they’ve found results hard to come by, with most recent defeats coming against Salford City, Notts County and Leicester City.

Former Wrexham man Connor Jennings returned to Prenton Park for his second spell and has been a consistent performer since signing.

He scored his only goal of the season in their dramatic 4-3 defeat to Salford City and picked up an assist in the victory against Harrogate.

They were without forward Luke Norris since the Salford defeat, after a knock ruled him out of the previous two fixtures with no timescale put on his return.



As this match falls outside of the Article 48 blackout window, fans from the UK and around the world can watch the game live on WrexhamPlayer, via the iFollow platform.

The multi-angle live stream will be available for the fixture that kicks-off at 12:30 from Prenton Park, and commentary will be led by our WrexhamPlayer team.

You can also choose to just listen to the match, with audio commentary available as well as video.

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