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."

Lineup, Bookings (5) & Substitutions (5)

Grimsby Town

  • 13 McKeown
  • 03 Thomas
  • 15 Bignot Booked
  • 05 Pearson Booked
  • 12 McDonald
  • 04 Kerr (McLaughlin - 83' )
  • 08 Disley
  • 11 Neilson
  • 07 Colbeck (Rodman - 63' )
  • 14 John-Lewis
  • 17 Hannah Booked (Cook - 78' )

Substitutes

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

Gateshead

  • 01 Bartlett
  • 22 Sirrell
  • 05 Curtis
  • 16 Baxter
  • 06 Clark
  • 38 O'Donnell
  • 25 Maddison Booked (Noble - 90' )
  • 08 Turnbull
  • 04 Chandler Booked
  • 07 Larkin (Walker - 83' )
  • 14 Brown

Substitutes

  • 02 Magnay
  • 17 Walker
  • 29 Oster
  • 35 Noble
  • 11 Cummins
Ref: Ross Joyce
Att: 3,243

Match Stats

Shots

15 5

On target

7 3

Corners

0 0

Fouls

17 9

Live Text Commentary

+5:00 Full time

Full Time Match ends, Grimsby Town 2, Gateshead 2.

90:00 +4:00 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Grimsby Town 2, Gateshead 2.

90:00 +3:29

Attempt missed. Paul Bignot (Grimsby Town) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

90:00 +0:31

Foul by Scott Neilson (Grimsby Town).

90:00 +0:31

James Brown (Gateshead) wins a free kick.

89:50 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Gateshead. Ryan Noble replaces Marcus Maddison.

89:21

Offside, Grimsby Town. Lenell John-Lewis tries a through ball, but Lenell John-Lewis is caught offside.

87:58

Foul by Aswad Thomas (Grimsby Town).

87:58

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

86:27

Corner, Gateshead.

85:41

Foul by Aswad Thomas (Grimsby Town).

85:41

Marcus Maddison (Gateshead) wins a free kick.

84:43

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.

84:02 Booking

Booking Jamie Chandler (Gateshead) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

83:38

Foul by Jamie Chandler (Gateshead).

83:38

Scott Neilson (Grimsby Town) wins a free kick.

82:23 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Gateshead. Josh Walker replaces Colin Larkin.

82:20 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Grimsby Town. Patrick McLaughlin replaces Scott Kerr.

81:18 Goal scored

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.

79:14

Foul by Aswad Thomas (Grimsby Town).

79:14

Marcus Maddison (Gateshead) wins a free kick.

77:54 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Grimsby Town. Andy Cook replaces Ross Hannah.

77:44

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

72:24

Attempt saved. Shaun Pearson (Grimsby Town) header from a difficult angle on the left is saved. Assisted by Scott Kerr.

72:03

Corner, Grimsby Town.

71:11

Corner, Grimsby Town.

71:03

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

69:52

Offside, Grimsby Town. Craig Disley tries a through ball, but Craig Disley is caught offside.

67:49

Corner, Gateshead.

67:20 Booking

Booking Shaun Pearson (Grimsby Town) is shown the yellow card for dissent.

66:49

Foul by Paul Bignot (Grimsby Town).

66:49

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

66:08

Attempt missed. Alex Rodman (Grimsby Town) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right.

64:58

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

63:47

Foul by Lenell John-Lewis (Grimsby Town).

63:47

Adam Bartlett (Gateshead) wins a free kick.

63:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Grimsby Town. Alex Rodman replaces Joe Colbeck.

62:48

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.

58:43

Corner, Grimsby Town.

56:29

Foul by Clayton McDonald (Grimsby Town).

56:29

Jamie Chandler (Gateshead) wins a free kick.

56:10

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

54:29 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Grimsby Town 1, Gateshead 2. Marcus Maddison (Gateshead) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Phillip Turnbull with a cross.

53:25

Foul by Joe Colbeck (Grimsby Town).

53:25

Colin Larkin (Gateshead) wins a free kick.

45:00

Second Half begins Grimsby Town 1, Gateshead 1.

45:00 +3:22 Half time

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

45:00 +2:59

Corner, Gateshead.

45:00 +2:45

Attempt saved. Jamie Chandler (Gateshead) right footed shot from outside the box is saved.

45:00 +1:17 Booking

Booking Ross Hannah (Grimsby Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

45:00 +1:07

Foul by Ross Hannah (Grimsby Town).

45:00 +1:07

James Curtis (Gateshead) wins a free kick.

45:00 +0:34

Foul by Lewis Sirrell (Gateshead).

45:00 +0:34

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

43:57

Corner, Gateshead.

42:56

Attempt missed. Shaun Pearson (Grimsby Town) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Scott Kerr.

42:26

Corner, Grimsby Town.

39:38

Corner, Grimsby Town.

39:28

Attempt saved. Ross Hannah (Grimsby Town) left footed shot from outside the box is saved.

38:59

Foul by Jamie Chandler (Gateshead).

38:59

Scott Neilson (Grimsby Town) wins a free kick.

37:43 Booking

Booking Marcus Maddison (Gateshead) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

37:36

Foul by Marcus Maddison (Gateshead).

37:36

Aswad Thomas (Grimsby Town) wins a free kick.

33:56 Booking

Booking Paul Bignot (Grimsby Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

33:37

Foul by Paul Bignot (Grimsby Town).

33:37

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

32:49

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

32:16

Foul by JJ O'Donnell (Gateshead).

32:16

Paul Bignot (Grimsby Town) wins a free kick.

30:00

Foul by Aswad Thomas (Grimsby Town).

30:00

Marcus Maddison (Gateshead) wins a free kick.

27:51

Attempt blocked. Scott Kerr (Grimsby Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

26:44

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

24:02

Foul by Ben Clark (Gateshead).

24:02

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

23:27

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

22:53

Attempt saved. Joe Colbeck (Grimsby Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved. Assisted by Aswad Thomas with a cross.

20:40

Foul by Paul Bignot (Grimsby Town).

20:40

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

17:33

Offside, Gateshead. James Brown tries a through ball, but James Brown is caught offside.

15:29

Foul by Jamie Chandler (Gateshead).

15:29

Craig Disley (Grimsby Town) wins a free kick.

13:10 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Grimsby Town 1, Gateshead 1. Colin Larkin (Gateshead) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.

11:30

Penalty conceded by Aswad Thomas (Grimsby Town) after a foul in the penalty area.

11:30

Penalty Gateshead. Marcus Maddison draws a foul in the penalty area.

10:48

Attempt blocked. Marcus Maddison (Gateshead) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

7:06 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Grimsby Town 1, Gateshead 0. Clayton McDonald (Grimsby Town) header from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Scott Neilson.

6:37

Corner, Grimsby Town.

4:50

Foul by Paul Bignot (Grimsby Town).

4:50

Lewis Sirrell (Gateshead) wins a free kick.

4:11

Attempt saved. Joe Colbeck (Grimsby Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved.

3:44

Foul by Marcus Maddison (Gateshead).

3:44

Scott Neilson (Grimsby Town) wins a free kick.

2:59

Foul by Ross Hannah (Grimsby Town).

2:59

Phillip Turnbull (Gateshead) wins a free kick.

1:57

Foul by Paul Bignot (Grimsby Town).

1:57

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

0:32

Foul by James Brown (Gateshead).

0:32

Shaun Pearson (Grimsby Town) wins a free kick.

0:16

Foul by Lenell John-Lewis (Grimsby Town).

0:16

Jamie Chandler (Gateshead) wins a free kick.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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