GATESHEAD go into Sunday’s second leg of the Conference Premier play-off semi-finals with it all to play for after drawing 1-1 last night at Grimsby.
Josh Walker put Colin Larkin through to score as the Heed took the lead after seven minutes.
But the Mariners’ 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.
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The visitors, without Jamie Chandler due to illness, were forced to defend resolutely to make sure it is all square going into Sunday’s game 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 13 unbeaten.
The hosts who showed the most adventure last night.
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.