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.

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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."

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Luton2716923457
2Cambridge2515822753
3Alfreton2916112-249
4Gateshead291379946
5Grimsby2513661445
6Kidderminster261439745
7Halifax3012810944
8Nuneaton281288244
9Salisbury261349343
10Barnet281198842
11Braintree251159838
12Macclesfield2611510438
13Welling271089338
14Forest Green26114111037
15Wrexham2710611436
16Hereford279810135
17Lincoln City278811-632
18Woking269512-832
19Southport277614-1927
20Aldershot2610610426
21Chester2651011-1425
22Tamworth246612-1824
23Dartford285419-2719
24Hyde United291424-537
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