Gateshead vs Tranmere Rovers: Three Stand-Out Stars

By George Williamson

Although Tranmere Rovers conceded a brutal own goal in the dying moments to lose 1-0 at the hands of Gateshead on Saturday, there were still some encouraging performances for Micky Mellon’s side.

Adam Buxton

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Adam Buxton (pictured here against Chester) had an assured game at right back having recently returned from injury.

Buxton returned from injury last week to come off the bench in the 5-0 humbling against Peterborough United, and he earned a start this week at right back.

He looked assured in defence as Mellon reverted back to a back four for the game against the Heed, having opted for five at the back in the FA Cup clash on Wednesday night.

And when Liam Ridehalgh limped off towards the end of the game, Buxton showed his versatility by shifting out to the left-hand side as Evan Gumbs came on at right back.

Buxton was blameless for the winner as Ritchie Sutton diverted a cross into the back of his own goal for the winner and, all-in-all, the 25-year-old full-back proved to be pretty dependable given some of the suspect defending at times by his fellow defenders over the past few days.

Ollie Banks

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Ollie Banks joined the club on a one-month loan and made his first start on Saturday against Gateshead (via @OfficialOAFC)

Banks only signed for the club on the day of the game, but Mellon handed him his first start in the centre of midfield alongside Ollie Norburn and was rewarded with a solid display from the creative midfielder.

Banks was also given set piece duties, and whipped in some dangerous corners and free-kicks to back-up his new manager’s faith in him.

Neither side were able to keep possession particularly well, but whenever Banks was on the ball he was looking to start an attack, something that with Jennings and Hughes out, Rovers desperately needed.

He did have a chance to win the game shortly before Gateshead did so, but he fired his shot wide as the game ticked into added time.

With around 50% of the voting, Banks also scooped our MOTM award.

Richard Peniket

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Gateshead celebrate their last minute winner against Tranmere (via @GatesheadFC)

The Gateshead winger was introduced on the hour for Jordan Preston, and although he was pretty quiet in the half an hour that followed, he did provide the one moment of quality that won the game for his side.

He picked up the ball on the left-hand side and drove towards goal, before sending in a dangerous cross that Sutton could only deflect past Scott Davies and into his own goal.

You can read our match report from the defeat to Gateshead by clicking this link.

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