TRANMERE Rovers make the long journey to Kent to take on Gillingham on Saturday looking for back-to-back wins in League Two.

Nigel Adkins’ side beat Sutton United 1-0 at Prenton Park last weekend, picking up all three points thanks to a late strike from winger Rob Apter. 

But they will face a tough test against the Gills who haven’t lost a league game at Priestfield since Boxing Day, drawing four of their five home games since the turn of the year. 

Gillingham are currently ninth and aiming for a Play-Off position this season but suffered a setback in midweek, after a 2-0 defeat at Barrow. 

"I want to give great credit to the players," said Tranmere manager Nigel Adkins. "We've put ourselves on 43 points now and we've been consistently performing well which is important. 

"Gillingham are challenging for the play offs but the players have trained well this week and we're going to go down in the spirit of 'the next game is important'.

"We've got a cracking week coming up - we've got Gillingham who are going for the play offs, then top of the table Mansfield and then a local derby game with Wrexham.

"We go into it in good spirits with a group of players who all want to play, who all want to perform and with the momentum of winning our previous game."

Gillingham appointed Stephen Clemence as manager in November with Adkins appreciaitive of the good job he has done at Priestfield.

Clemence, 45, is the son of former England and Liverpool goalkeeper Ray Clemence and he has worked closely with Steve Bruce at Sunderland, Hull City, Aston Villa, Sheffield Wednesday, Newcastle United and West Bromwich Albion.

"It will be a tough game," said Adkins. "They can play given time and can be very direct given time. They score from set pieces and they're a real threat from that point of view and it's always difficult place to go I've found over my career. 

"Stephen's dad was a legendary goalkeeper and I was a goalkeeper and was honoured and privileged to be in his company on a few occasions.

"Stephen has gone in there and he is forging his own way as a manger having been a number two under Steve Bruce for a long time and he's had a good start to his managerial career so far."

As for team news, Adkins confirmed that "one or two" players picked up injuries against Sutton.

He added: "There is also a little cold knocking about so there are one or two things we have to look at as we prepare.

"We've entered the last ten games of the season and I'm mindful we have players out of contract and I'm mindful we have competition for places and I'm trying to be honest and fair with the group because some of them need some opportunities."