By George Williamson
Tranmere Rovers continued their unbeaten run on Saturday afternoon after drawing 1-1 with relegation threatened Leyton Orient at Brisbane Road.
Ritchie Sutton opened the scoring for Rovers, before Dan Holman equalised for the hosts early in the second half.
The end-to-end game ended all square, but who were the stand-out stars from the draw?
Ritchie Sutton bagged his fourth goal of the season shortly before half-time to give Rovers the lead against Orient.
He rose highest from Josh Ginnelly‘s driven corner and powered the header past a helpless Dean Brill to give his side the lead.
That goal, as well as results elsewhere, sent Rovers to the summit of the National League table at half-time, and although results elsewhere and Dan Holman’s equaliser prevented that from happening, Sutton’s goal, and performance, would have been worthy of sending Tranmere to the top of the league.
Scott Davies returned to the Rovers squad for the first time since tearing his groin on January 1st against AFC Fylde, and he showed no sign of any nerves as he produced a fine performance for the visitors.
Davies made notable saves against Craig Clay, Macauley Bonne and Dan Holman throughout the game and commanded his area well, claiming a couple of tricky crosses throughout the contest.
Even for the Orient equaliser, he made a great save to block the initial shot, and was a tad unfortunate that the follow-up fell straight to Dan Holman.
It was a case of ‘anything you can do, I can do better’ for Dean Brill in the Orient goal today as he made countless stops to deny the Rovers attackers.
Even the most biased of Orient fans couldn’t deny that without Brill, Rovers could have had a hatful in what was an end-to-end affair.
He had no chance with Sutton’s goal, and made excellent saves including from Liam Ridehalgh‘s free-kick, Andy Cook‘s one-on-one that he tipped onto the post, Connor Jennings‘ long-range effort that he tipped onto the post and behind, point-blank from Cook from a corner, and then right at the death to deny James Norwood with the final kick.