Barrow AFC vs. Tranmere Rovers: Three Stand Out Stars

By Joel Lampkin

With all expectations of a win from our writers, a draw albeit with an injury time equaliser from James Norwood, has left a sour taste in our mouths.

Despite going unbeaten in the league for five games, Tranmere Rovers have yet to get going in 2018 with their first fixture a humiliating 5-2 defeat and their follow up a 1-1 draw with Barrow AFC.

Although The Rovers are still in a promotion spot, they are dangerously close to losing momentum that had the potential to carry them to top position come may , but despite the negativity, which players shone in the draw?

Rhys Taylor

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Although the shot stopper did not retain a clean sheet, the new no.22 had only secured a loan switch to Prenton Park the day before and saved a number of shots throughout the match to keep his side in the game.

With little to no experience of playing with his current crop of teammates, Taylor did well to keep the scoreline at a respectably low one.

While he could do little about the penalty, and having not played a competitive fixture since September, the keeper with a couple more games under his belt could be a very important asset come may.

James Norwood

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Who else? It seems like a common event now, with Ronaldo and Messi picking up the annual Ballon D’ors, Barcelona buying Liverpool’s best player, James Norwood will score an injury time goal.

It was crucial that the striker stepped up when it mattered most as a loss would have saw Tranmere drop out of the promotion place but his heroics kept his side in the hunt to escape the National League.

This was only the no.10’s second goal in six games but marked his 11th for the season and will hopefully kick him back into form although Connor Jennings may be upset he could not continue his fine goalscoring record.

Eddie Clarke

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What more can you say about Eddie Clarke that has not been said before? For a talent of just 18-years-old, he has consistently been the coolest player on the pitch.

With his ability to carry the ball 40-yards, to his wild Zinedine Zidane skillset, or his defensive awareness, the youngster has proven himself to be a key member in the starting XI when required.

Tranmere seem to play far better when Clarke is in the side, the players trust him, the manager trusts him, the fans trust him, he will attract some interest in the future and The Super Whites will do well to keep hold of him.

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