Tranmere suffered a disappointing 2-1 defeat to Boreham Wood at Meadow Park on Saturday, denting their chances of catching Macclesfield Town in the Vanarama National League.
There were doubts of the game being played in the morning hours, but the pitch passed an inspection despite a strong covering of snow still being on the surface. Micky Mellon’s side were left frustrated not to have won the match, never mind taken a point having dominated large sections of the encounter.
After what was a largely undeserved result, how many Tranmere players will feature in our three stand out stars list?
Buxton put in yet another magnificent performance in this fixture, maintaining the solid consistency that he has had right through this 2017-18 campaign. The right-back was one of Tranmere’s main creative outlets on the day, with his passing range and crossing ability often causing problems for the Boreham Wood defence.
The 25-year old continued to work up and down the right flank from start to finish, and despite being increasingly frustrated after the home side he never once gave up on trying to get Rovers back into the game.
The Portuguese winger featured as the Tranmere Talk one to watch ahead of this fixture, and he put in a stellar performance for the Wood, scoring the winning goal. Andrade was a constant threat for the home side, and despite not having too many clear cut chances he proved to be clinical when it mattered.
Andrade has been right up there with the best in the division this season, and despite having not scored since February 17 prior to this match but class is permanent and he is now level with Tranmere’s Andy Cook in the domestic goal charts (17), joint-second only to Danny Rowe.
79′ Ferrier’s initial strike was blocked and Andrade latched onto the rebound to fizzle home with his right-foot!!! 2-1#BWood
— Boreham Wood FC (@BOREHAM_WOODFC) March 17, 2018
Tollitt was introduced into the match at half-time by Micky Mellon, in a like for like switch with Josh Ginnelly. The 23-year old came on to ‘get at them a wee bit’, and he certainly did have a positive impact on the game. Rovers pushed hard at Boreham Wood after the restart, and despite becoming increasingly frustrated in parts, Tollitt continued to make things happen for Rovers.
The winger has had to settle for appearances off the subs bench in recent weeks, but the impression he made upon this match may well have helped his chances of starting against Eastleigh at Prenton Park next Saturday.