Gateshead and Grimsby Town are set for round two in the play-offs at the International Stadium this Sunday, with the winner playing either FC Halifax Town or Cambridge United in the final at Wembley.
The teams drew one a piece in the first leg of the semi-final at Blundell Park on Thursday night . Colin Larkin gave The Tynesiders the lead only seven minutes into the game, and The Mariners equalised through their captain, Craig Disley, half way through the first half.
Shaun Pearson was booked only three minutes into the clash, and as a result will miss the trip to Wembley if Grimsby make the final, having picked up 15 yellow cards throughout this season.
Gateshead head into the second leg thirteen games unbeaten, whereas Grimsby have only lost two games from their last 10 outings.
After the games between the two sides in the league this season, Grimsby earned themselves four points, compared to Gateshead’s one.
The Mariners picked up all three points on the road back in August, with goals from Liam Hearn and Chris Doig, who had cancelled Phil Turnbull’s 25 yard stunner.
At Blundell Park in January, the teams drew 2-2. Clayton McDonald opened the scoring, but Gateshead took the lead following a Colin Larkin penalty and strike from Marcus Maddison. Paul Bignot grabbed the last goal, his first ever for Grimsby.
Kick-off will commence at 4:30pm.
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