" … I saw the last of Waring …
Oh , never star was lost here but it rose afar!"
This execrable season continues with a trip to the most in-form side in League 2 - and they have two players with good reason to see us depart with zero points - Kieron Morris and Morgan Ferrier. Tranmere sit handily poised among the play-off sides, 8th in the table on 24 points, yet they’ve lost 2 more games than ourselves. Their current League 2 form alone is enough to encourage squeakings from anyone’s derriere:-
November 3rd Harrogate Town (A) Won 0-1
November 14th Port Vale (A) Won 3-4
November 21st Grimsby Town (H) Won 5-0
November 24th Carlisle United (H) Won 1-0
December 1st Oldham Athletic (A) Won 0-1
In addition to the current pair of ex-Saddlers on their books, there have been other connections - who remembers Nick Henry (1998-99), John Manning (1971-72), Michael Ricketts (2nd spell 2007-09), Edrissa Sonko (2007-08), and Ray “Choo-Choo” Train who moved in the opposite direction, joining us as a coach (1986-87) in his 2nd spell.
According to “Tinkerman” we shot ourselves in the foot against Stevenage. Nothing unusual there, on reflection - we donated a gift goal in the form of a hospital ball back-pass from Osadebe, then proceeded to huff and puff (and hoof) for the remainder of the game only for Flash Gordon to rescue a point at the death. Rose had little to trouble him other than the successful Oteh penalty, and he may well keep his place. Rory Holden should be back in contention after his one match in the naughty chair, and the composition of the rest of the team is dependent on which names come out of the hat.
Prediction? There doesn’t seem to be much hope in this one, but we did get a point at League leaders Newport County, didn’t we? So if that team turns up on Saturday perhaps the best we can hope for is to maintain our League 2 record as the leading draw merchants … say 1-1 with Rory scoring.