PHIL Parkinson hailed bravery as the key element behind one of Altrincham's most vital points of the season after they salvaged a 1-1 draw with a stoppage-time equaliser against promotion rivals Warrington Town at The J.Davidson Stadium last Saturday.

Alty are still looking for their first win against Warrington after four attempts, but a relieved Parkinson admitted it felt more like three points than one, following James Poole's dramatic last-gasp leveller in front of a bumper crowd of 1,419.

"If there was one thing that enabled us to pull it out of the bag so late on, it was being brave," said the Alty boss.

"I thought we were exceptionally brave, the way we changed things in the second half, then really went for them.

"Taking Jake Moult off was a huge risk. He is such a good player for us, like the insurance for the team, but I have always lived by fortune favours the brave, and it certainly brought its rewards.

"Max Harrop's freshness and ability on the ball really allowed us to push on against a team who were basically defending the edge of their 18-yard box.

"We were brave enough to throw attacking players on and go at them, and that is why we got the point.

"As soon as we made the change, I could see an equaliser coming, because the front lads looked like they were going to break lines, whereas we didn't look like doing that previously.

"When you get one back in the final minute like that, it feels more like a win than a draw, and obviously our fans going away happy was great to see as well.

"It was a fantastic turnout, and they will be going away knowing we have come back against a team who are notoriously difficult to beat when they've got their noses in front.

"You could see how happy the fans were at the end, so I'm hoping they can take heart from that performance."

Alty are home to Mickleover Sports on Saturday and Ashton United on Tuesday evening.