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HALF WAY THERE AND WE'RE STILL LEARNING; Analysis of Progress So Far in a Very Different League / GOAL JOY: Rovers Celebrate Hitting the / /Net, but the National League Is Throwing Up a Host of New Challenges


Byline: NICK HILTON Tranmere FC reporter nick.hilton@liverpool.com LIVECHOSPORT @

RANMERE may be a team finding their feet at non-league level but they are already more than halfway through their first season in the National League, with Christmas still three weeks away.

t Rovers embarked on the second half of the National League campaign when they played host to Braintree Town at Prenton Park this weekend.

They had reached the midway point by the end of November, when a goalless draw at Boreham Wood marked game 23 out of 46.

That's made for a hectic first four months as Gary Brabin's team, and the club as a whole, adjust to a new and challenging environment after 94 years of Football League status came to an end last May.

Rovers' inconsistent efforts so far leave them with some catching up to do to reconnect with the promotion front runners.

During most of their history, Tranmere could expect to reach the halfway point of the league programme at around Boxing Day or just after.

Not in the National League, where they are a month ahead of the pace.

They have played no fewer than seven midweek league games, not counting a bank holiday Monday fixture at home to Kidderminster Harriers in August and an FA Cup replay at Lincoln City in October.

There is no need to adjust your seasonal clock. It's just the way things get done in the National League.

Fixtures played early in the season, when the weather is liable to be kinder, are less susceptible to postponements than in the coldest days of the winter.

That's an important issue for National League clubs because many don't have equipment such as frost covers to protect pitches against falling temperatures. …

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