Two of the form sides of the Vanarama National League get set for their first leg showdown as Aldershot Town face Tranmere Rovers writes Tom Feaheny.
After finishing second Tranmere boss Micky Mellon says the club reaching a record 95 points means nothing if they don’t go up via the play-offs.
Rovers prepare for their first play-off semi-final leg away with both sides finding form at the right time.
Mellon believes that if his side concentrates on themselves they have what it takes to make it to Wembley.
“Aldershot will find it difficult against us. We’ve got a good team and we’ll look at ourselves and deliver what we do.
“We’ll be prepared, we know what’s at stake and we’re ready to get it on now. We wanted to win the league, we fell a bit short but we go into the the play-offs.
“It will be exciting, there will be good crowds at both games so were good to go and ready for it.”
While Tranmere won their last three matches, they could not beat Aldershot at Prenton Park on Easter Friday. Town are the best form side out of the play-off rivals since the start of 2017.
Aldershot last tasted defeat on 11th March when they lost 1-0 to Guiseley. Since then they have won seven and drawn two matches.
Gary Waddock the Aldershot boss believes his sides draw against Rovers shows what a close game it will be between the two sides.
“I think they will deal with the pressure fine. We have been up to Prenton Park recently and performed very well. That was in front of the cameras also.
“They are a young group and there’s no fear among young players really. They go out and express themselves. I’m looking forward to watching them over the two games and seeing how far they have come.”