By Josh Roberts
Andy Cook bagged his 15th goal of the season for the second consecutive campaign when he headed home the equaliser against Macclesfield.
Tranmere’s most recent fixture against Maidstone also yielded another goal for the big no.9 to take his tally to 16 and counting.
So with a nice selection to choose from, what are Cook’s best goals of the season so far?
The Englishman scored Tranmere’s second on the night to allow Rovers to retake the lead. The build up to the goal was a clinical counter attack that started from a Macclesfield effort on goal.
Scott Davies gathered in the Rovers goal and he quickly released left back Eddie Clarke to race down the left wing. Bringing the ball forward, he looked up and crossed to Cook who took his time to steady himself before lashing in a strike from the edge of the area in the bottom right corner.
It was a beautiful counter attack that saw just two passes from box to box before Cook and Tranmere scored.
The striker scored the second of what would turn out to be a comprehensive victory over Maidstone back in November and what a goal it was.
This was pure, vintage Tranmere, the one touch football, quick movement and good feet, this goal had everything. Starting from a ball out of the defence from Richie Sutton to Connor Jennings, his one two with James Norwood put the on rushing Jennings into space who picked out the no.9 with a first time cross. Cook brought the ball under control, lost his defender with good feet before toe poking the ball into the corner.
It was a sweeping move that got supporters on their feet and set the tone for the rest of the match.
Cook rounded off the scoring as Tranmere ran out 4 – 0 winners against Yorkshire side Guiseley and it was a well taken goal.
Clarke and Jennings, both involved in another goal for the North-East born forward, combined in midfield with the latter playing a searching ball out wide where Jay Harris found himself. He brought the ball down and came inside, evading a tackle from the Guiseley defender. The ball was knocked to Cook just outside the area who advanced into the box and unleashed a shot across goal into the far corner.
It was a goal that put the proverbial icing on the cake for Rovers on a day when they outclassed their opponents as the score line suggests.
A derby goal is always a special goal, but it’s even nicer when it’s an equaliser on the stroke of half time in front of the travelling fans, and that’s exactly what Cook did.
“I like the one at Wrexham, the equaliser, just because of all the fans there which was a nice one to get,” said the 27-year-old.
What a nice goal it was as well. With a free kick to the right of the area, Adam Buxton delivered a sumptuous ball into the box which Cook powered into the back of the net at the near post with a trademark header.
To round off the list, it’s the goal that put Rovers into the lead on the day and what Andy Cook deems as his best goal of the season so far.
“My best goal this year was probably against Ebbsfleet, outside the box and put it in the top corner. I suppose it was a nice finish,” said the former Barrow man.
It was a goal kick forward that Cook competed for, he headed on to his strike partner Norwood who won his header and the ball fell into the path of the forward. Using his strength to hold off the Ebbslfeet defender, he charged forward before striking from outside the area into the top corner giving the goalkeeper no chance.
It was a goal that showed the two sides of Andy Cook, the side that is willing to do the dirty work to win headers and the side that is classy and skillful as shown with his finish.