TranmereTalk Awards 2018: Peter Tscherewik’s selections

By Peter Tscherewik

Tranmere Rovers’s fate is still firmly in their own hands in this 2017-18 Vanarama National League season. The Super Whites sit 3rd in the league table, and have performed brilliantly in 2018. Writer Peter Tscherewik picks out his own selections from the different categories below.

Signing of the Season: Selection – Ollie Banks

With Tranmere in a midfielder crisis in late 2017 the recruitment of Ollie Banks helped ease any potential disaster and rather than a stop-gap, the loanee quickly became an integral part of the squad. It was a big shame when he returned to his parent club as his partnership with Ollie Norburn was incredible at times but he left a lasting impression on the fans and club.

Rovers found themselves in a sticky situation going into a busy Christmas period, with a real lack of central midfielders available for selection. Micky Mellon brought in Ollie Banks on loan from Oldham Athletic to steady the ship, and boy did he impress during his time at Tranmere.

It was a shame to see him return to his parent club, and then move to Swindon Town in January as his partnership alongside Ollie Norburn rejuvenated Rovers’ midfield as the team got back into good form.

Winner: Ollie Norburn

Best Moment of the Season: Selection – James Norwood scoring a one-on-one

James Norwood is well known for having somewhat of a hoodoo when it comes down to scoring one-on-ones. However, when Tranmere played against Ebbsfleet United back in February, Norwood was all smiles after he slotted the ball past Nathan Ashmore.

Whether Nors took inspiration from John Aldridge’s message to him, or if it all came down to hard work in training it was still brilliant to see the 27-year old full of confidence at Prenton Park on that afternoon.

Winner: James Norwood scoring a one-on-one

Most Underrated Player: Selection – Ollie Norburn

Norburn signed for Rovers in May 2017, having rejected a new contract from current league leaders Macclesfield Town. The 25-year old has been an ever-present figure in Micky Mellon’s midfield this season, totting up 35 league appearances in all.

His creativity and all-round game has complimented how the team plays and he has adapted well when placed alongside any number of different midfield partners in this 2017-18 campaign.

Winner: Ritchie Sutton

Best Game of the season: Selection – Tranmere Rovers 3-0 Ebbsfleet United

Rovers ran rampant against the Fleet at Prenton Park in what was a memorable afternoon for James Norwood. The striker curled home an effort with his left foot to put Rovers 2-0 up, before firing home a one-on-one to seal the match for the Super Whites.

Andy Cook opened the scoring after 15 minutes with an absolute thunderbolt that left Ebbsfleet goalkeeper Nathan Ashmore with no chance. Rovers were relentless in attack and the visitors rarely got the ball out of their own half.

Winner: Tranmere Rovers 3-0 Ebbsfleet United

Goal of the Season: Selection – Adam Buxton vs Sutton United

Tranmere have scored 61 domestic goals so far this season, so you’d think that picking out a winner would be tough. However, Buxton’s goal against Sutton United picks itself in my opinion. Bucko has shown this season that he can dominate the right-side of the pitch with his overall speed and crossing ability, but this free-kick tops the lot.

The fixture against Sutton was always going to be tough given the 4G surface and their overall form, so for Buxton to open the scoring in the way he did gave Tranmere the perfect platform to press on and take all three points, as they did end up doing in a 3-1 win.

Winner: Adam Buxton vs Sutton United

Player of the Season: Selection – Adam Buxton

Buxton has been a pivotal figure for Tranmere in this 2017-18 season, with his extra spike of terrific form since the turn of the New Year going hand in hand with Rovers’ rise up the Vanarama National League table.

The 25-year old has made 30 domestic appearances this season, and when he has been unavailable through injury there has been a big difference in Tranmere’s side. His tenacity, pace and passing and crossing ability has helped the Super Whites to be more creative down the right flank, and he has turned the screw on many occasions.

His two goals this season have been massive for the club, one being the Tranmere Talk Goal of the Season winner as he opened the scoring from a free-kick against Sutton United, with the other a match-winning penalty away at Maidstone United a few weeks ago.

Winner: Adam Buxton

 

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