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These 2 players stood out as Salford City ease past Tranmere Rovers

Last night saw Salford City travel to Tranmere Rovers for the final round of the Leasing.com trophy. They managed a 2-0 win and progressed to the next round.

Salford has been competing in the Leasing.com Trophy for the first time. Last night saw them win 2-0 which means they topped their group and have advanced to the next stage.

Collectively, the Salford squad put on a great performance. However, there was two stand out players.

Oscar Threlkeld opened the score sheet after only 2 minutes. Then, the Salford Captain, Liam Hogan managed to head home the winner.

Here’s why both of these players deserve praise for their performances…

Oscar Threlkeld

The ex Bolton player has only been with Salford since the start of this campaign. I have seen him in action and have been very impressed by him in the past.

I predicted that he would be a stand out player for Salford this season, however, he hasn’t had much game time.

Last night saw him start the game and score after 2 minutes. This goes to show that he should be in the squad more often.

Liam Hogan

The 30-year-old centre back started his first game for the Ammies this season last night. He has been watching from the sidelines due to recovery.

Now, he is back with the Captain’s armband on. Fans are happy to see him return. Especially when he scored.

In the 56th minute, he showed that he was back with a bang when he headed home the winner. This clearly shows that he is still working just as hard.

‘Every credit to the kids but this cannot continue’ Bolton Wanderers fans getting impatient over the takeover delay

Bolton Wanderers suffered a 5-0 loss to Tranmere Rovers at the weekend. The Football Manc Cave looks at your reactions.

I am a Bolton fan. Don’t get me wrong, I am happy that we are actually getting to play football, unlike Bury who is in a similar position to us. The thing is, our team consists of youngsters who aren’t prepared.

Every Bolton fan would agree, we are all proud of this young team and the fact they are getting their boots on and trying given the circumstances. The fact they got a point a couple of weeks ago is amazing and these lads will go down as legends for how they’ve gone about the situation with the club. The problem is, we didn’t get any pre-season friendlies organised for these youngsters because of the financial issues and now these kids are being thrown in at the deep end.

The players we have are being overworked. Three games in the space of a week for some of them, no wonder there are issues with injuries and tiredness. Phil Parkinson has raised his concerns for the health and welfare of the squad, I just hope something gets sorted soon especially in terms of the takeover.

Here are your thoughts…

It’s boys v men for Bolton Wanderers again this weekend against Tranmere Rovers

Both Bolton Wanderers and Tranmere Rovers are looking for their first win of the EFL League One season in this bottom of the table match up.

Should Bolton Wanderers not have received a twelve-point deduction at the beginning of the campaign, they would be ahead of Tranmere Rovers. But as it stands, Tranmere sits in 20th on zero points and Bolton sit in 23rd with minus eleven.

The Football Manc Cave brings you the Tranmere v Bolton match preview, where we will discuss the form of each of side and what this game means to them going into it…

Bolton Wanderers

In the two league games and one cup game that Bolton Wanderers have played, it truly has been boys vs men.

Suffering from significantly less possession and shots on target than each opponent, the Wanderers did well to salvage one point at home against Coventry. On their own soil, they had to hold out for a point in a game that saw 24 shots go against them and 7 for. If this is how Bolton plan to survive the season, the die-hard Wanderers fans will be in for a very slow and drawn out season.

In the EFL cup, the Wanderers managed to score for the first time in over four months, with two against Rochdale. Ronan Darcy and Dennis Politic were the scorers in the 5-2 defeat.

Tranmere Rovers

Tranmere Rovers haven’t seen much success either. They have lost both league games and their EFL cup tie against Hull City, 3-0. Despite this, the Rovers showed signs of being able to dominate the game over a decent side. They just need stamina and confidence, which a big win over Bolton Wanderers could give them.

Rovers were promoted to League One last season after finishing sixth and winning the play-offs. This will make survival in this league even more difficult for them and increasing the gap between themselves and Bolton Wanderers is incredibly important.

Prediction?

Despite the valiant efforts of Bolton Wanderers, they are being overhauled in every single game. It appears the class and experience of the vigorous League One is far too much for these youngsters, who have been forced to take an unhealthy leap in their careers. Although Tranmere Rovers finished sixth in the league below last season, their quality will likely surpass Bolton’s.

Bolton will back to the wall, praying for a point, so expect a late winner or shock draw.

Two players that must start for FC United today as they continue to impress

FC United has two pre-season friendlies left before a big season ahead, where they hope to regain a position in the National League North.

FC United of Manchester achieved promotion to the National League North after a triumphantly winning the Northern Premier League in 2015. In the sixth tier of English Football, FCUM remained for four years, floating around the 15th place position.

Last season was a nightmare, however. FC Utd finished second to last, winning only one home game all season and conceding 82 goals. The relegation survival race was not an intense one. Nuneaton, FC Utd and Ashton were all more than nine from remaining in the division.

However, with signs of both strengths and weaknesses during their current pre-season, an up-to-scratch FC Utd could storm right back into the National League North.

FC United recently played against Chester, a team who are comfortable and strong in the league about. FC United dominated and won 4-1. Despite being a friendly, it still holds true that this FC Utd squad have potential in the league above they currently find themselves in. The club retweeted the following tweet about the game, by in impressed fan:

“Superb recruitment this summer. I can’t wait for the season to start after watching that last night! FC UNITED are back!!!”

Two players stood out in this game and should be involved against Runcorn Linnets in order to maintain fantastic form before a big comeback season…

Charlie Ennis

Apart from bagging a double in the 4-1 win over Chester, Charlie Ennis is the driving force in this team. He is involved in almost every attack and is lethal around the edge of the box. Capable of finding a teammate or having a pop himself, as well as showing how clinical he can be in front of goal, expect a tonne of goals and assists from the number 7 in the upcoming season.

Paddy Wharton

19-year-old Goalkeeper Paddy Wharton is a recent acquisition for FC Utd. Previously of EFL League One Tranmere Rovers, he spent some time on loan in the lower tiers of English football.

Although untested for many minutes, he was successful on the occasions he was called into action, bar the one goal. This shows signs of a very alert goalkeeper. At only 19 years of age and part of a club like Tranmere, FC Utd should allow this keeper to grow during a season that shouldn’t see them concede as many goals as their last.

What Can Former Tranmere Rovers Man, Ben Tollitt Bring To Blackpool?

There are rumours today that Blackpool could be looking at Tranmere’s former striker, Ben Tollitt. 

It’s looking like it just whispers at the moment although it has excited a few Blackpool fans. The 24-year-old spent his youth with Everton and in 2013 he signed for Widnes where he managed 18 goals in 39 appearances for the club. This was quite a strong start to his career which interested Skelmersdale United who signed him in 2015. In a year at the club, he grabbed one goal in 13 appearances. The striker then moved on to Portsmouth and had a similar form in 12 games and 1 goal again. 

However, his career took a different turn when he went on loan to Tranmere, made 10 appearances and got 4 goals. They decided to take him on permanently and since signing in 2016 he’s played 23 games for the club and contributed 4 goals. Tollitt was loaned to Wrexham in 2019 and managed 4 goals for them too until his contract ended and he was released from Tranmere.

What could he bring to Blackpool if he does sign? 

Pace

A lot of Blackpool fans are commenting about how they think their team could do with players that have the pace. Every time a new signing or interest in a player comes in, I’m seeing a lot of fans, especially on Twitter, asking for younger, fresher legs that can bring a bit of excitement to the team and the 24-year-old could do that.

Goals?

His track record of goals hasn’t been consistent so to speak, but when you look at his appearance ratio to goals and loan spells, he could benefit from going to a club that needs him where he can play more often. The more regular he plays, the more comfortable he will set in and hopefully he could be Blackpool’s answer to finding the back of the net. 

‘Not a trip to one of the promoted clubs please, Bounce factor’ Rochdale fans are not overly happy about the fixtures

The long-awaited EFL League One fixtures are in, and Rochdale’s first game is away against the newly promoted Tranmere Rovers.

With Rochdale having an unimpressive few seasons and finishing only sixteenth in the EFL League One table last season. It is important to note the oppositions view on facing The Dale.

It seems as though the newly promoted Tranmere Rovers are excited about their first game of the EFL League One, and some fans believe it will be a comfortable start to the season.

Rochdale fans don’t seem too excited about the new season ahead of them, being disappointed by a lack of signings. Many fear the future of the club after the release of the fixture list.

One Twitter user may have cursed Rochdale by pleading for a non-recently promoted club to face them on their first day. However, it turns out that they will indeed be facing Tranmere Rovers, who will come into their new league on a high.

Unfortunately for The Dale, it appears as though many opposition fans are looking forward to games against Rochdale, whereas Rochdale fans themselves aren’t entirely confident in their side.

Rochdale’s first game will be away at Tranmere Rovers on Saturday the 3rd of August 2019.

Bolton Wanderers fans optimistic ahead of the new season ‘I’m gonna say we’ll have the league won by Doncaster away’

Bolton will travel to Adams Park to face Wycombe on the opening day of the season, the highs of League One hey.

Their first home game will be against Coventry City before they make the glamorous short trip to Prenton Park to play Tranmere.

The Trotters will travel to Sunderland on Boxing Day, imagine predicting this as a League One fixture in 2011.

There are some top away days for Bolton fans to look forward too, now the ownership issue looks to of been resolved. Let us hope they can build a side their fans will enjoy watching.

Let’s see what the Bolton supporters make of their fixture list…

Two Reasons Why Wigan Athletic Should Not Loan Out Callum Lang Next Season, Despite Interest From Tranmere Rovers

Callum Lang returns to Wigan after a successful loan spell at Oldham, scoring 16 goals. It is being reported that Tranmere manager Micky Mellon wants to sign Lang, following a failed attempt in January. With top scorer James Norwood closing on a move to Ipswich, Rovers are looking to sign a striker to replace his goals.

Despite a positive finish, which saw Paul Cook’s side finish 18th, Wigan struggled to score goals for the majority of the season. Joe Garner and Nick Powell were the Latics’ top scorers but scored just eight goals each. Adding pressure to the situation, it’s being reported that Powell will join Stoke on a free transfer, and Leon Clarke will return to Sheffield United at the end of his loan deal.

If this occurs, it leaves Wigan with very limited attacking options, and money will need to be spent on replacing returning loanees – Christian Walton, Antonee Robinson and Reece James, therefore Lang may be given an opportunity to lead the line next season.

Would Wigan fans be excited to see Lang as their new number nine?

Fox in the box

Wigan’s main strength is their creativity out wide. Michael Jacobs and Gavin Massey provide pace and trickery, but they lack that natural goalscorer to benefit from their quality.  Lang scored a majority of his goals at Oldham from inside the box, proving he is a very good instinctive finisher.

You feel that Lang playing in a team with that much pace and quality on the wings is a match made in heaven – give him service and he will score goals. Hopefully, he gets his long-awaited chance at Wigan and grabs it. Now Will Grigg has left, Wigan fans need a new striker to create a song about.

Lang is worth taking a gamble on

As previously mentioned, Wigan needs to sign a lot of players this summer. A ‘proven Championship goal-scorer’ would cost Wigan a good few million, which they simply can’t afford. Lang is a hungry, confident and in-form striker, after scoring 16 goals last season, surely he deserves a chance to show he is ready for the step-up to the Championship.

It’s an exciting time for both Lang and Wigan fans, a 20-year-old striker could be about to become their new sensation. Let him loose Cook, let’s see how good he is.

Three players Bury Just Can’t Do Without Next Season In League One

As the 2018/19 football league season draws to a close, the question of promotion for Bury has finally be answered. Yes, of course Ryan Lowe’s side would eventually join Lincoln City in League One next season, as confirmed on Tuesday night at Tranmere Rovers.

Other than the division change, the thought that Bury could be without their best players and even manager is a worrying thought all fans will not even want to consider.

So as the Shakers look to prepare for life in League One, without or without Lowe and his backroom staff, we take a look at the three players Bury will want to cling onto next season…

Danny Mayor 

Scorer of the goal that earned Bury promotion in their 1-1 draw with Tranmere on Tuesday night, the key to the side’s creativity throughout this season as well. Missed so much during April in defeats against Cambridge and Carlisle through suspension, the idea the upcoming League Two club could lose their midfield man isn’t really an option anybody with an affiliation to the club would want to consider.

With 12 goals and 11 assists this season in all competitions, Mayor will no doubt be in hot pursuit for many League One and even Championship clubs. With the club back up for sale and with no takers at present, Mayor may look elsewhere to extend his playing career, especially considering the fact he turns 28 and arguably in the prime of his career.

Nicky Maynard 

Again another obvious choice to list, yet considering he is the clubs top goal scorer this season in a promotion winning one, Maynard’s first season in Greater Manchester may well be his last.

His 21 chart stopping season is bettered by only two players in League Two this season in James Norwood (Tranmere) and Tyler Walker (Mansfield Town). He didn’t start his playing season till September either, so his record in front of goal is one any other investor couldn’t ignore. Like Mayor, the ex-Aberdeen man will not want to see a salary reduction. The chances of him remaining as the frontman of Bury are most definitely in doubt.

Dom Telford 

Potentially a left field name to mention in this list yet after starring in the Checkatrade Trophy run this season, the 22-year-old is someone the Shakers will want to keep hold of and not let a relatively young striker head out the exit door.

Even though players like Jay O’Shea or Nicky Adams may be standout options, 14 goals in only his second full playing season is no bad total. With youth on his side, he could well be the long term choice up front for Bury and an immediate successor to Maynard up top.

Bury host Port Vale in the final match of this memorable season back in League Two. How many players make the team sheet for opening fixtures in August is anyone’s guess however.

Bury Fans Hoping For Promotion Party 2.0 at Prenton Park

Four years ago, Tom Soares goal earned Bury a 1-0 win over Tranmere Rovers, ensuring a top three promotion spot and that The Shakers would play their 2015/16 football in League One. On a rather substantial budget, David Flitcroft’s team won promotion, finishing the season third on 85 points.

Sadly this would be ex-manager Flitcroft and ex-chairman Day’s one and only promotion with the club. 18 months later the now Mansfield boss was sacked from the helm at Gigg Lane whilst Day would flee the club the same year the club were relegated back down to League Two, 2018.

Now on Saturday an all new Bury side will aim to repeat what was achieved on the final day of the 2014/15 season, or at least take them near enough to the finish line. Although the squad has seen a fair few turnovers, the strong contingent of fans remains the same and a sell out visiting end will travel to Merseyside with plenty of optimism ahead of Bury’s final away game of the season.

A win would near enough send Bury back up to League One. This has become a must not lose game for Lowe’s side as any more slip ups could leave them faced in a potential five team final day promotion battle.

Tranmere are certainly not the side there were back in 2015. Then already relegated to the Non-League, now Micky Mellon’s side sit four points off the automatic promotion spots, five behind Bury after 44 games. Within their ranks is none other than James Norwood, league Two’s top goalscorer with 27 goals and player of the season, pipping Danny Mayor and Jay O’Shea to the award.

Mellon will believe his side are more than a match for Bury. Having gone without a win in three away games on the road, putting a dent into The Shaker’s promotion coffin is by no means impossible.

However, the never die attitude of Bury FC is something Rovers will find hard to match. Visiting fans may well see another post match 5pm huddle, something we’ve seen a fair few times in recent weeks.

81 points should be enough for promotion, due to MK Dons and Mansfield going up against each other next Saturday.  In the event of a ‘promotion party’ which will probably include a pitch invasion in the Port Vale game, this would mean a fond farewell to the fourth division, but on the flip side, a goodbye to the majority of first team players and maybe even manager due to problems completely out of their hands.

But that article can wait. First let’s see if this present team can collect six points can from their final two games.

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