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Grimsby Town 2-2 Gateshead

Paul Bignot's first Grimsby goal earned his side a draw in a topsy-turvy clash with fellow play-off-chasers Gateshead.

Mariners defender Clayton McDonald gave the hosts an early lead when he headed in from Scott Neilson's cross-shot.

Soon after the visitors were level through Colin Larkin's penalty, after Aswad Thomas tripped Marcus Maddison.

Maddison then struck when a free-kick fell to him on the edge of the area, but Bignot headed in sub Alex Rodman's deep cross for a deserved equaliser.

Grimsby had the majority of possession and chances at Blundell Park, with Rodman wasting a glorious chance with the score 2-1, scuffing an effort wide after being put through one-on-one by Neilson.

But Gateshead held on to maintain their position in the play-off places, while Grimsby move into the play-offs with games in hand over all but one of those above them.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Gateshead manager Gary Mills told BBC Newcastle:

"It was a tough game against Grimsby, who are a good side, but I thought we were excellent. We showed a lot of heart and desire and stuck together.

"We had to defend a lot late on and then they got the equaliser, but, make no mistake, going to Grimsby and getting a point is a massive result for us.

"Our overall performance today proved we are a team who wants to go and achieve something this season.

"You need to back draws up with wins and hopefully we can do that on Tuesday against Welling, which would push us up the table a little bit more."

Line-ups

Grimsby

  • 13McKeown
  • 3Thomas
  • 15BignotBooked at 34mins
  • 5PearsonBooked at 68mins
  • 12McDonald
  • 4KerrSubstituted forMcLaughlinat 83'minutes
  • 8Disley
  • 11Neilson
  • 7ColbeckSubstituted forRodmanat 63'minutes
  • 14John-Lewis
  • 17HannahBooked at 45minsSubstituted forCookat 78'minutes

Substitutes

  • 26McLaughlin
  • 27Fyfield
  • 9Cook
  • 23Rodman
  • 18Thanoj

Gateshead

  • 1Bartlett
  • 22Sirrell
  • 5Curtis
  • 16Baxter
  • 6Clark
  • 38O'Donnell
  • 25MaddisonBooked at 38minsSubstituted forNobleat 90'minutes
  • 8Turnbull
  • 4ChandlerBooked at 85mins
  • 7LarkinSubstituted forWalkerat 83'minutes
  • 14Brown

Substitutes

  • 2Magnay
  • 17Walker
  • 29Oster
  • 35Noble
  • 11Cummins
Referee:
Ross Joyce
Attendance:
3,243

Match Stats

Home TeamGrimsbyAway TeamGateshead
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home15
Away5
Shots on Target
Home7
Away3
Corners
Home0
Away0
Fouls
Home17
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Grimsby Town 2, Gateshead 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Grimsby Town 2, Gateshead 2.
Attempt missed. Paul Bignot (Grimsby Town) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.
Foul by Scott Neilson (Grimsby Town).
James Brown (Gateshead) wins a free kick.

Substitution

Substitution, Gateshead. Ryan Noble replaces Marcus Maddison.
Offside, Grimsby Town. Lenell John-Lewis tries a through ball, but Lenell John-Lewis is caught offside.
Foul by Aswad Thomas (Grimsby Town).
JJ O'Donnell (Gateshead) wins a free kick.
Corner, Gateshead.
Foul by Aswad Thomas (Grimsby Town).
Marcus Maddison (Gateshead) wins a free kick.
Attempt missed. Lenell John-Lewis (Grimsby Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left from a direct free kick.

Booking

Jamie Chandler (Gateshead) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Foul by Jamie Chandler (Gateshead).
Scott Neilson (Grimsby Town) wins a free kick.

Substitution

Substitution, Gateshead. Josh Walker replaces Colin Larkin.

Substitution

Substitution, Grimsby Town. Patrick McLaughlin replaces Scott Kerr.

Goal!

Goal! Grimsby Town 2, Gateshead 2. Paul Bignot (Grimsby Town) header from the right side of the six yard box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Alex Rodman with a cross.
Foul by Aswad Thomas (Grimsby Town).
Marcus Maddison (Gateshead) wins a free kick.

Substitution

Substitution, Grimsby Town. Andy Cook replaces Ross Hannah.
Attempt missed. Marcus Maddison (Gateshead) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.
Attempt saved. Shaun Pearson (Grimsby Town) header from a difficult angle on the left is saved. Assisted by Scott Kerr.
Corner, Grimsby Town.
Corner, Grimsby Town.
Attempt blocked. Alex Rodman (Grimsby Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
Offside, Grimsby Town. Craig Disley tries a through ball, but Craig Disley is caught offside.
Corner, Gateshead.

Booking

Shaun Pearson (Grimsby Town) is shown the yellow card for dissent.
Foul by Paul Bignot (Grimsby Town).
JJ O'Donnell (Gateshead) wins a free kick.
Attempt missed. Alex Rodman (Grimsby Town) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right.
Offside, Grimsby Town. Ross Hannah tries a through ball, but Ross Hannah is caught offside.
Foul by Lenell John-Lewis (Grimsby Town).
Adam Bartlett (Gateshead) wins a free kick.

Substitution

Substitution, Grimsby Town. Alex Rodman replaces Joe Colbeck.
Attempt missed. Ross Hannah (Grimsby Town) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Aswad Thomas with a cross.
Corner, Grimsby Town.
Foul by Clayton McDonald (Grimsby Town).
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