Former York City boss Gary Mills is still in line for a second Wembley play-off final in three years after Gateshead held Grimsby Town to a 1-1 draw in their first-leg at Blundell Park.
The visitors enjoyed a perfect start when Colin Larkin took Josh Walker’s seventh-minute through ball and slotted across home goalkeeper James McKeown.
But the Mariners levelled midway through the opening half as skipper Craig Disley stooped to head in former City midfielder Scott Kerr’s driven cross.
One-time York trialist keeper Adam Bartlett brilliantly saved from ex-Minstermen winger Alex Rodman on the stroke of half-time, and his side continued to hold their opponents with a brave rearguard display following the break.
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