By Josh Roberts
Tranmere once again rued missed chances as they dropped points after conceding past the 90th minute for consecutive away games.
The Super Whites left Macclesfield with just a point on what turned out to be a disappointing evening, but there was still positives to come out of the match in terms of individual performances.
The centre midfielder was drafted in by Micky Mellon on a short term basis from Barnsley in the build-up to the Gateshead game, and in the two games he has started, he’s been impressive.
The 25-year-old has stepped in the midfield void vacated through suspensions and injuries and has already enamoured himself to the Tranmere faithful with his performances.
Against Macclesfield, Banks’ performance will have gone under the radar of some but he put in the hard yards to break down play with the odd tough tackle in the middle of the park.
The Silkmen couldn’t combat his technical ability or his physical presence. Using his body in tight situations with quick feet allowed Tranmere a different dynamic from the middle of the midfield for the first time this season.
The loan for the Barnsley man is only for a month, but even when players start returning for Micky Mellon, an extended deal could be sought after with his performances for Rovers.
Davies might have been on the end of conceding two goals, but on the night he was one of Tranmere’s stand out players with his performance between the sticks.
Tranmere’s no.1 was tested throughout the match by the Macclesfield attack but comfortably dealt with what was thrown at him.
His first major test of the match was through the penalty given away by Captain Steve McNulty. Davies stood tall and made the save but unfortunately could do nothing with the rebound which was converted.
The second half saw Davies having more to do as Macclesfield searched for an equaliser, dealing with dangerous crosses and cleverly tipping over the bar from a cross-come-shot that threatened to drop into the net.
He could nothing with the crucial goal in the match and was powerless to stop it but it was an overall great performance from the ‘keeper.
The young left-back was brought into the side due to the injury to Liam Ridehalgh and excelled despite his limited time on the pitch this season.
Making just second appearance of the season, and third in his entire Tranmere career, Clarke grew into the game and looked more and more composed throughout.
Macclesfield looked to attack down his side as often as they could but the 18-year-old stood firm despite a couple of shaky moments early on.
He was instrumental in creating the second goal for Andy Cook to score. He bombed down the left wing before crossing to Cook on the edge of the area who put Tranmere into the lead.
Clarke’s performance was one that the Super White Army took notice of and was voted Man of the Match for his efforts against Macclesfield.
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It is unexpected when Ridehalgh will be back fit so it allows Clarke to stake a claim to be in the side more and make the left back role his own in the absence of Tranmere’s no.3.