Tranmere Talk’s One to Watch – Macclesfield Town

By Peter Tscherewik

Tranmere Rovers host league leaders Macclesfield Town on Tuesday night, with the hope of making it ten consecutive domestic home wins on the spin. 

Rovers are at a slight disadvantage to the visitors, with the Silkmen having a game in hand on Micky Mellon’s side. If Tranmere can win under the lights then a gap will be cut to a solitary point, while a loss could prove to be very costly in Rovers’ promotion push.

Scott Wilson is Macclesfield’s top domestic goal-scorer this season with 11 goals to his name, but a man keeping him out of the team at the moment features as the Tranmere Talk one to watch from the opposition.

Nathan Blissett

History

Blissett began his career at youth level with spells at Staffordshire University and Kidsgrove Athletic. Having impressed with them, he earned himself a trial at Romulus. He went on to score 13 goals in his one and only season with the club. Blissett then moved on to Kidderminster Harriers in 2012, and was contracted to the club until 2015.

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Blissett in action for Kidderminster Harriers (Credit – Liverpool Echo/PA)

The 27-year old spent time out on loan with Cambridge United, Hednesford Town and Bristol Rovers. It was to be the latter that eventually took the plunge with the player, after he impressed during his time there. Despite the early promise, he only scored five goals in 28 domestic appearances (including loan).

Having fallen out of favour at Bristol Rovers, Blissett was subsequently loaned out to Tranmere! He only made five appearances, scoring once under Gary Brabin. The towering striker has had the best success (goal-wise) with Torquay United, where he played last season.

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Blissett all-smiles as he celebrates for Torquay United (Credit – Herald Express News/Twitter)

12 goals in 41 appearances were enough to secure him a move away to League One side Plymouth Argyle. Blissett has scored three goals in 22 appearances this season for The Pilgrims, but was loaned to Macclesfield until the end of the season in January 2018.

Present

Blissett officially signed with Macclesfield on January 15 of this year, and his first piece of action came as a substitute against AFC Fylde, where the Silkmen were thumped 6-0.

Scott Wilson has been the runaway goalscorer for Macclesfield this season with 11 goals to his name, but a recent dry spell has handed the opportunity to the likes of Blissett and Tyrone Marsh to compete for a starting place.

The 27-year old helped his side to come from behind and beat a struggling Guiseley side, scoring the equalising goal just after the hour mark.

His contribution in that match earned him another start last weekend away at Aldershot. Blissett was involved right from the off, as he earned his side a penalty with only three minutes on the clock.

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Blissett involved in Macclesfield’s celebrations at Aldershot (Credit – Macclesfield Town/Facebook)

Danny Whittaker slotted the ball home from 12-yards, before Blissett made it 2-0 at the start of the second-half.

His height and physical presence certainly appears to be causing defenders a handful at the moment, and it speaks volumes that Macclesfield manager John Askey is keeping his top-goalscorer as a substitute in favour of the Plymouth Argyle loanee.

 

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