Gateshead 3-3 Lincoln City
If only games at the International Stadium lasted 80 minutes Gateshead would be flourishing on home soil.
Unfortunately the Heed have conceded in the last ten minutes of six of their last seven games on Tyneside.
Three of those late goals have proved costly and it is a malaise that needs sorting if Gateshead are to finish in the top five.
Gateshead slipped out of the play-off places after calamitous late defending saw two points thrown away at home to lowly Lincoln City.
The Heed were heading towards victory when they collapsed late on to gift-wrap the Imps an unlikely point.
The dismissal of the lively James Marwood and Lincoln midfielder Alan Power midway through the second half was the turning point.
Gateshead lost their shape but still looked comfortable until much travelled striker Richard Pacquette slid home his second of the game on 83 minutes.
Worse to follow four minutes later as the Heed began to wobble alarmingly.
Goalkeeper Tim Deasy, a penalty shot-out hero in midweek at Braintree in the FA Trophy, raced out of his box to deal with a long ball.
His clearance, however, rebounded off team-mate James Curtis who was in close proximity heading towards his own goal, Sam Smith on his shoulder.
The inevitable rebound dropped kindly for Smith who rolled the ball into the empty net and will surely never score a simpler equaliser.
Two points were thrown away leaving the Heed Army and manager Ian Bogie scratching their heads at how victory was turned into yet another home draw.
"Deasy took the wrong option and we have paid a heavy price in a game we should have won comfortably," said Bogie.
"We were dreadful for the opening 10-15 minutes, which gave Lincoln an early advantage, but after that we responded very well.
"We dominated the game, deserved to be ahead at half-time, and then at 3-1 we were comfortable until the sending off changed the dynamics of the game.
"Defensive errors then proved costly and I'm bitterly disappointed as the draw feels like a defeat.
"It should have been a comprehensive win and instead we've drawn another game at home which is very frustrating.
"Fortunately we've got a game at Kettering on Tuesday and we have to bounce back with all three points."
Captain and key centre back, Ben Clark, will return to bolster the defence against crisis club Kettering.
Clark was sorely missed against Lincoln despite left back Chris Carruthers putting in a shift as an emergency central defender alongside Curtis.
An unchallenged Pacquette headed home a Conal Platt corner at the near post after six minutes as Gateshead struggled to get out of the blocks.
For the final half hour of the opening 45 minutes, however, the Tynesiders played well and stamped their authority on the game.
An unmarked Micky Cummins headed over from eight yards from Marwood's corner when he should have done better.
Jon Shaw then fired over the bar from 22 yards before the striker got Gateshead back into the game with a 28th minute stunner.
Craig Baxter's cross on his weaker foot was aimless but when it dropped Shaw volleyed powerfully into the far bottom corner from 15 yards.
Jamie Chandler then cut inside two defenders to hit a shot that was deflected wide of the far post.
Yemi Odubade fashioned another opening when he squared the ball to Shaw whose shot just cleared the bar.
Nick Nicolau was well wide at the other end while Marwood's driven free kick from 30 yards had to be parried by Joe Anyon.
Marwood then went past his man to cross from the byline and Odubade glanced a header into the far corner in first half stoppage time.
Odubade made it three eight minutes into the second half when he found the far corner from Chandler's pass and that should have been that.
Robbie Williams headed just wide for the Imps while Cummins volleyed narrowly wide from Chandler's cross at the other end.
Baxter's angled shot was saved at the near post and at this stage their appeared to be only one winner.
Marwood and Imps midfielder Alan Power, however, were sent off after 70 minutes and that did Gateshead few favours.
With both sides down to ten men an unmarked Pacquette slid home Josh Gowling's 82nd minute header to give Lincoln fresh hope.
The Heed were now wobbling and Deasy's howler ensured City took home an unlikely share of the spoils.
Gateshead: Deasy, Baxter, Rents, Chandler, Curtis, Carruthers, Marwood, Turnbull, Shaw (Airey 79), Odubade, Cummins (Odhiambo 79)
Subs (not used): Farman (gk), Brittain, Moore
Goals: Shaw (28), Odubade (45+2, 53)
Sent Off: Marwood (70)
Bookings: Shaw (28)
Lincoln City: Anyon, Nutter, Williams, Gowling, Power, Platt (Lloyd 53), Smith, Pacquette, Nicolau (Sheridan 67), Robson, Thompson
Goals: Pacquette (6, 83), Smith (87)
Sent Off: Power (80)
Bookings: Robson (43), Power (44)
Referee: Daren Bond (Burscough)
James Marwood and Yemi Odubade
Yemi Odubade. Photos by Martin Avery and Charlie Waugh.