Steven Rigg had the Heed in front five minutes before the break, but Cole Stockton popped up with the leveller three minutes into added on time at the end of the second half.

Gateshead are left just outside the Play-Off places on goal difference, but Pears’ impressive displays between the sticks for them earned him a spot in the league’s Team of the Weekend.

After grabbing his first goal in the EFL in midweek, Luke Armstrong came off the bench with eight minutes to spare for Accrington Stanley but he couldn’t find a winner in a 1-1 draw at home to Southend.

Stephen Humphrys gave the visitors the lead before Dan Barlaser restored parity with an hour played.

Sam Stubbs maintained his place in the Notts County side, but they were edged out 1-0 by League Two Play-Off hopefuls Tranmere Rovers.

Young striker Stephen Walker was left on the bench for MK Dons, who moved level on points with the top three in League Two after overcoming Newport County 2-0.

Ben Liddle was also an unused substitute for Forest Green Rovers, who were beaten 1-0 away to Mansfield Town.  

Elsewhere, Andy Lonergan started again for Rochdale after his emergency loan was extended by a further week, but they were heavily beaten away to Plymouth Argyle 5-1.

Marvin Johnson played the entire 90 minutes for Sheffield United, who gave their promotion hopes a big boost with a 1-0 win away to West Brom.

Meanwhile, Martin Braithwaite earned Leganes a point with a late equaliser at home to Valencia on Sunday.