TRANMERE are in the running for an awards double ahead of Saturday's game against Newport County AFC at Prenton Park.

Nigel Adkins, who took over on a permanent basis at the start of November, has been nominated for League Two manager of the month award while winger Rob Apter is in the mix for player honour.

In November, experienced boss Adkins guided Rovers to eight points from four unbeaten league games.

They won a key clash with fellow strugglers Forest Green 3-0, drew 1-1 at Sutton, beat Gillingham 3-1 and then shared the spoils with promotion-chasing Mansfield 2-2 at Field Mill.

Apter, a former Tranmere academy product back at the club on loan from Blackpool, has flourished under Adkins.

Playing on the right but moving inside to threaten, the 20-year-old scored four goals in four league games plus another in the FA Cup..

Tranmere are three points above the relegation zone, albeit Forest Green have a game in hand.

The Exiles will aim to at least retain their 10-point lead over the Prenton Park club this weekend.

The other nominees for the manager of the month are Crewe's Lee Bell, Pete Wild of Barrow and Milton Keynes Dons' Mike Williamson.

Apter's rivals are AFC Wimbledon striker Ali Al-Hamadi, Barrow defender George Ray and striker Jake Young, on loan at Swindon from Bradford.

South Wales Argus: Wrexham's RacecourseWrexham's Racecourse (Image: Press Association)

Meanwhile, Wrexham could boost their backing for the Welsh derby with the Exiles on December 23.

The promotion hopefuls are installing a temporary stand at the Racecourse where a new 5,500 all-seater stand is planned for the Kop end.

The stand, for home fans only, will have a capacity of 2,289 and work has started with a view to finishing in time for the County clash, when there could be a crowd of over 12,000.

Away tickets sold out rapidly for the pre-Christmas trip north when Graham Coughlan's side will aim to throw a spanner in the works for promotion-chasing Wrexham.

County last headed for the Racecourse in 2018 when it was 0-0 in the FA Cup, Michael Flynn's side going on to win the replay 4-0.

The last EFL trip north was in 1988 when the hosts won 4-1 in Division Four.