TRANMERE Rovers resume their national league campaign tonight with an away game against Torquay United.

Micky Mellon is looking forward to the task and says his team is ready for the challenge, which kicks off at 7.45pm.

Rovers, fourth on the table with 66 points, suffered their first defeat in nine matches when they were beaten 2-1 by Barrow in league action last Tuesday.

In a break from league action Rovers drew 1-1 with Macclesfield Town in the first leg of the FA Trophy semi-final at Moss Rose on Saturday.

The two sides meet again at Prenton Park this weekend, with the winners of that contest assuring themselves of a trip to Wembley in May.

Torquay, in 20th place with 38, beat Southport 2-1 on Saturday. 

Looking ahead to tonight's game in an interview on the club's website, Rovers' manager Micky Mellon said: "It is a really important game for us on Tuesday night.

"But we'll be well prepared and try and pick up another valuable three points.

"We know it is going to be a difficult game going down there, so we'll have to play well to get a result."

Steven Jennings was withdrawn at half time at Macclesfield Town on Saturday with a stiff back and is an injury doubt, adding to the list of players currently receiving treatment.

The manager says he has to be careful in how he uses the squad in what is a very busy schedule for Rovers.

"We are down to the bare bones so we have to get it right with how we utilise the squad.

"We have to use the squad as best as we can and keep people up to speed because we have to with the amount of games and the amount of travelling we're going to have to do.

"We have to use the group to try and keep as many players as fit as possible and that's what we're trying to do".