Gateshead held Grimsby to a draw in their Conference Premier play-off semi-final first-leg tie.

Josh Walker put Colin Larkin through to score as the Heed took an early lead.

Craig Disley headed in Scott Kerr's pass to level and the home side went close with efforts from Ross Hannah, Alex Rodman and Lenell John-Lewis.

The visitors continued to defend resolutely to make sure it is all square going into Sunday's second leg at the International Stadium.

Gateshead have entered the play-offs as the form team, having won eight games in a run that now sees them unbeaten in 13 matches.

And they were ahead after seven minutes when Larkin coolly finished across James McKeown

But the Mariners, with just one win in five games, showed the most adventure for the rest of the contest as Rodman saw his shot deflected over, before Disley headed in the equaliser.

Gateshead keeper Adam Bartlett was kept busy in the second half, saving well from Rodman and John-Lewis and then denying Scott Neilson at the death.

Lineup, Bookings (4) & Substitutions (3)

Grimsby Town

  • 13 McKeown
  • 02 Hatton Booked
  • 03 Thomas
  • 04 Kerr
  • 05 Pearson Booked
  • 30 Boyce
  • 11 Neilson
  • 08 Disley
  • 17 Hannah
  • 14 John-Lewis (Cook - 86' )
  • 23 Rodman

Substitutes

  • 09 Cook
  • 18 Thanoj
  • 20 Southwell
  • 26 McLaughlin
  • 27 Fyfield

Gateshead

  • 01 Bartlett
  • 02 Magnay
  • 16 Baxter
  • 08 Turnbull
  • 05 Curtis Booked
  • 06 Clark
  • 17 Walker Booked
  • 29 Oster
  • 07 Larkin (O'Donnell - 59' )
  • 25 Maddison (Hatch - 64' )
  • 18 Marwood

Substitutes

  • 09 Hatch
  • 11 Cummins
  • 19 Lester
  • 21 Ramshaw
  • 38 O'Donnell
Ref: Chris Kavanagh
Att: 5,234

Match Stats

Shots

17 4

On target

8 1

Corners

0 0

Fouls

12 8

Live Text Commentary

+5:00 Full time

Full Time Match ends, Grimsby Town 1, Gateshead 1.

90:00 +3:38 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Grimsby Town 1, Gateshead 1.

90:00 +3:10

Foul by Ross Hannah (Grimsby Town).

90:00 +3:10

James Curtis (Gateshead) wins a free kick.

90:00 +0:20

Foul by Andrew Boyce (Grimsby Town).

90:00 +0:20

Liam Hatch (Gateshead) wins a free kick.

90:00 +0:01

Foul by Liam Hatch (Gateshead).

90:00 +0:01

Andrew Boyce (Grimsby Town) wins a free kick.

88:26

Corner, Grimsby Town.

88:04

Attempt saved. Scott Neilson (Grimsby Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved.

86:19

Corner, Gateshead.

85:40 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Grimsby Town. Andy Cook replaces Lenell John-Lewis.

76:41 Booking

Booking Josh Walker (Gateshead) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

76:10

Foul by Josh Walker (Gateshead).

76:10

Aswad Thomas (Grimsby Town) wins a free kick.

75:33

Attempt saved. Alex Rodman (Grimsby Town) left footed shot from outside the box is saved.

74:34

Foul by Liam Hatch (Gateshead).

74:34

Scott Neilson (Grimsby Town) wins a free kick.

73:36

Offside, Grimsby Town. Ross Hannah tries a through ball, but Ross Hannah is caught offside.

72:22

Foul by Scott Kerr (Grimsby Town).

72:22

Carl Magnay (Gateshead) wins a free kick.

70:59

Offside, Grimsby Town. Scott Kerr tries a through ball, but Scott Kerr is caught offside.

70:21

Corner, Grimsby Town.

68:23

Attempt missed. Aswad Thomas (Grimsby Town) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the left.

67:39

Corner, Gateshead.

66:58 Booking

Booking Sam Hatton (Grimsby Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

66:48

Foul by Sam Hatton (Grimsby Town).

66:48

JJ O'Donnell (Gateshead) wins a free kick.

63:37 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Gateshead. Liam Hatch replaces Marcus Maddison because of an injury.

63:19

Attempt saved. Craig Disley (Grimsby Town) header from the centre of the box is saved.

61:53

Foul by Ross Hannah (Grimsby Town).

61:53

James Curtis (Gateshead) wins a free kick.

58:14 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Gateshead. JJ O'Donnell replaces Colin Larkin.

57:55

Attempt missed. Lenell John-Lewis (Grimsby Town) header from the centre of the box is too high.

56:16

Foul by Alex Rodman (Grimsby Town).

56:16

Colin Larkin (Gateshead) wins a free kick.

53:42

Attempt missed. Shaun Pearson (Grimsby Town) header from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Scott Kerr.

53:34

Corner, Grimsby Town.

53:23

Attempt saved. Lenell John-Lewis (Grimsby Town) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is saved.

52:40

Attempt blocked. Ross Hannah (Grimsby Town) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

52:02

Foul by Sam Hatton (Grimsby Town).

52:02

John Oster (Gateshead) wins a free kick.

50:34

Foul by Aswad Thomas (Grimsby Town).

50:34

Marcus Maddison (Gateshead) wins a free kick.

49:16

Foul by Alex Rodman (Grimsby Town).

49:16

Phillip Turnbull (Gateshead) wins a free kick.

45:31

Foul by James Marwood (Gateshead).

45:31

Andrew Boyce (Grimsby Town) wins a free kick.

45:00

Second Half begins Grimsby Town 1, Gateshead 1.

45:00 +2:48 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Grimsby Town 1, Gateshead 1.

45:00 +2:33

Corner, Grimsby Town.

45:00 +2:13

Attempt saved. Alex Rodman (Grimsby Town) header from the right side of the box is saved. Assisted by Sam Hatton with a cross.

45:00 +1:05

Attempt saved. Alex Rodman (Grimsby Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved.

45:00 +0:26

Attempt missed. Marcus Maddison (Gateshead) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

40:30

Foul by Craig Baxter (Gateshead).

40:30

Alex Rodman (Grimsby Town) wins a free kick.

39:04

Foul by Craig Baxter (Gateshead).

39:04

Aswad Thomas (Grimsby Town) wins a free kick.

38:59 Booking

Booking James Curtis (Gateshead) is shown the yellow card for dissent.

38:32

Attempt blocked. Lenell John-Lewis (Grimsby Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

35:29

Attempt missed. Ross Hannah (Grimsby Town) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right from a direct free kick.

34:12

Foul by James Curtis (Gateshead).

34:12

Lenell John-Lewis (Grimsby Town) wins a free kick.

33:32

Attempt missed. Lenell John-Lewis (Grimsby Town) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

32:02

Attempt missed. James Curtis (Gateshead) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Marcus Maddison.

31:15

Corner, Gateshead.

30:09

Foul by Scott Neilson (Grimsby Town).

30:09

Marcus Maddison (Gateshead) wins a free kick.

28:25

Foul by Scott Kerr (Grimsby Town).

28:25

Marcus Maddison (Gateshead) wins a free kick.

25:36

Attempt missed. Marcus Maddison (Gateshead) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

25:07

Attempt saved. Craig Disley (Grimsby Town) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved.

23:08 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Grimsby Town 1, Gateshead 1. Craig Disley (Grimsby Town) header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Scott Kerr.

17:46

Attempt missed. Lenell John-Lewis (Grimsby Town) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Sam Hatton with a cross.

16:43

Corner, Grimsby Town.

16:31

Attempt blocked. Alex Rodman (Grimsby Town) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

11:06

Foul by Craig Baxter (Gateshead).

11:06

Alex Rodman (Grimsby Town) wins a free kick.

6:33 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Grimsby Town 0, Gateshead 1. Colin Larkin (Gateshead) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Josh Walker.

3:05 Booking

Booking Shaun Pearson (Grimsby Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

2:32

Foul by Shaun Pearson (Grimsby Town).

2:32

Marcus Maddison (Gateshead) wins a free kick.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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