Tranmere Rovers can make it back-to-back promotions by beating Newport County at Wembley on Saturday in the League Two play-off final.
Just over 12 months ago Micky Mellon’s team defeated Boreham Wood 2-1 in the National League play-off final, despite having Liam Ridehalgh sent off in the first 60 seconds, as they returned to League Two after a three-year absence.
They are now one match away from another promotion, although it will not be easy for them against a Newport team that have made plenty of FA Cup headlines recently, knocking Middlesbrough, Leicester City and Leeds United out in the last two seasons.
Tranmere to win 1-0 @ 9/2
The games between the two outfits have been very tight this season with Fraser Franks’ goal at Prenton Park handing Newport the three points before last month’s goalless draw at Rodney Parade.
It could well be another close affair on Saturday with one goal possibly settling a nervy occasion. Under 1.5 goals in the match is available at 33/20.
Mike Flynn’s team ended the campaign well, a 10-match unbeaten run lifting them from 13th in the table to seventh, before they edged past Mansfield Town in the play-off semi-finals.
Norwood to score the first goal @ 7/2
Rovers ended the season poorly, winning just one of their last seven League Two matches, but returned to form at the right time when they beat Forest Green Rovers in the semi-finals.
In James Norwood, Tranmere have a potential match-winner. The 28-year-old has scored 32 goals in all competitions this season, including the crucial one against his former team, Forest Green, earlier this month.
Tranmere scored four more goals than Newport in the 46-game season and conceded nine fewer and can make it two Wembley wins in 12 months by grinding out a narrow victory this weekend.
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