A late goal from Nathan Blissett ensured Macclesfield Town got a 1-0 win over Gateshead in the National League this evening.
Promotion-chasing Macclesfield came into today’s game knowing that a win would mean they would overtake Sutton United and go top, while the Heed were searching for a lift after being knocked out of the FA Trophy on Saturday.
The hosts started the game lively and just two minutes in Tyrone Marsh’s volley on the end of Elliott Durrell’s impressive cross was tipped over by James Montgomery.
Marsh came close again three minutes later when he got the ball in space on the right but his effort went just wide.
Macclesfield’s next chance came in the 22nd minute when Blissett’s shot was cleared off the line by Russell Penn.
Gateshead’s first real chance came ten minutes later when Danny Johnson’s close-range volley from a corner was saved by Shwan Jalal.
Macclesfield had another chance to score just two minutes from half-time when Gateshead’s Richard Peniket gifted the ball to Jared Hodgkiss and the full-back fired wide.
The hosts came very close again in the 52nd minute when Marsh’s shot was saved without being held by Montgomery before Danny Whitaker’s effort was cleared off the line and then he fired over.
Mitch Hancox then came very close for the Silkmen in the 78th minute when his long-range effort was pushed wide.
Macclesfield got their long-awaited goal in the 89th minute when the ball bounced off Blissett following a good cross to beat Montgomery after a mix up between him and his defence.
The win means Macclesfield are now top of the National League.
Macclesfield: Jalal, Hodgkiss, Pilkington, Lowe, Fitzpatrick, Whitehead, Whitaker, Durrell (Evans 37), Marsh (Wilson 82), Hancox, Blissett.
Subs not used: Ramsbottom, Kennedy and Burgess.
Gateshead: Montgomery, Preston (York 70), Byrne, Fyfield, Kerr, Barrow, McLaughlin, Penn, Johnson (Green 62), Peniket, Burrow.
Subs not used: Vassell, McNall and Hanford (GK).
Attendance: 1,537 (18 away)