By Peter Tscherewik
Tranmere earned a valuable point away at The Racecourse Ground against play-off rivals Wrexham on Saturday, in a well-contested 2-2 draw.
Rovers sold their full 1,800 away allocation and the match was played in front of a bumper 8,471 strong crowd, in a game that had been built up as one of the biggest in the Vanarama National League calendar.
After what was ultimately a pleasing performance from Micky Mellon’s men, how many Tranmere players will feature in our three stand out stars list?
The former Wrexham man was at the heart of everything when Tranmere had the ball, his terrier-like style was perfect for this occasion with the sheer amount of challenges put in from both sides.
Harris’s work rate was a joy to behold throughout, as the 30-year old ran his socks off for the full 90 minutes. It looks likely to be a straight fight between Harris and Jeff Hughes for a place alongside Ollie Norburn in midfield until the end of the season, and a performance like this has given the scouser the upper hand.
Wrexham have struggled for goals scored in this campaign, but since the loan arrival of Quigley from Blackpool the Dragons have looked a far better side going forward.
The 25-year old was the home side’s main threat throughout the match, and but for the physicality of Tranmere captain Steve McNulty, the striker could easily have scored more than a solitary goal in the game.
If Wrexham are to contest for the top spots and play-off places come the end of the season, it is likely that their fans and manager Dean Keates will have their new number nine to thank.
Buxton has been a real creative outlet for Tranmere this season and he was no different in this fixture. Despite his physical presence, Bucko was constantly up and down the right flank delivering crosses and defending resiliently in the Rovers’ back-four.
The right-back scored a marvelous free-kick against Sutton United back in December and came very close to bagging another in this match. His deliveries from set-pieces and crosses have made a real difference for Micky Mellon’s side since he returned from injury.
Following the match, Buxton revealed that his grandfather passed on the eve of this fixture, and for that he deserves the upmost praise for taking to the field on Saturday.
Emotional week for me an the family after losing my grandad last night. Thought we was unlucky not to take 3 points today @TranmereRovers
— adambuxton (@adambuxton8) January 27, 2018
From everyone at Tranmere Talk, our thoughts are with Buxton and his family at this hard time.