Tranmere test for Cod Army

Fleetwood Town manager Micky Mellon
Fleetwood Town manager Micky Mellon
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FLEETWOOD Town take an important step on the road to preparing for their Football League adventure when they take on League One club Tranmere Rovers at Highbury, tomorrow (3pm).

Town manager Micky Mellon will see his side in action against a side where he played a significant part of his career.

Mellon said: “Tranmere is a club that I am very fond of.

“I was there for a long time and I was very happy there.

“But I am the Fleetwood manager now, and I am fully committed to my job here.

“It will be an important match in getting the team towards full fitness.”

It will be Fleetwood’s second match this week, having beaten Kilmarnock in Scotland by 4-0.

And though Mellon was happy with the win, he does not hold great store over the result.

“We played some very good football and scored some good goals.

“It (the result) is not massively important at this stage of the season and it is still very early doors, but the benefit of a lot of hard work is coming through.

“There is still more to do, but the lads can be delighted with the way they have applied themselves.

“It is important the new players that come in gel as quickly as possible.

“The Tranmere game will be another step towards that important first match of the season.”

Fleetwood are likely to give another outing at some point to Raphael Branco, a Brazilian, who has been on trial with Fleetwood.

Tranmere are managed by Ronnie Moore who moved back to Prenton Park last season.

They are likely to include their recent recruit Abdulai Bell-Baggie, whom the Tranmere boss knows well, having had him under his charge when he was the manager at Rotherham United.

Tranmere go to Fleetwood buoyed by a recent 2-1 win against Everton, Blackpool’s visitors on Sunday, in the Liverpool Senior Cup.

In a game which saw three penalties awarded and only one scored, Everton held a first-half lead after Apostolos Vellios diverted home Luke Garbutt’s cross.

Everton goalkeeper Jan Mucha conceded a penalty with a foul on Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro but the Slovakian saved from Andy Robinson to keep his side on level terms.

Mucha was later beaten from the spot by James Wallace and, after Conor McAleny missed a penalty at the other end, Robinson scored Tranmere’s late winner on the counter-attack.

One player absent from the Tranmere ranks is former Seasiders’ striker Ben Burgess, who has been forced to call time on his career because of injury just a few weeks after signing a new contract with the Wirral club.