CONNOR Hampson conjured up a "goal of the season contender" with virtually the last kick of the game to salvage a richly-deserved point for Altrincham at promotion-chasing Sutton United.

After bombarding the Sutton goal without success throughout the second-half, Alty looked to have run out of time until Hampson took aim from 30 yards, in the fourth and final minute of stoppage time, and found the top corner with a left-foot thunderbolt to make it 2-2.

For left-back Hampson, it was redemption, after he allowed winger David Ajiboye to steal in behind him and head Sutton’s first goal, after Alty had led early on through Toby Mullarkey.

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“Connor knows he should have defended better for their opener,” said Alty manager Phil Parkinson.

“He had a bit of a tough time against their winger, and there were question marks about bringing him off.

“But we trusted our better judgement, and he certainly redeemed himself with what has to be a goal of the season contender. It was an absolutely unbelievable strike.

“We do like to entertain, don’t we? We saved that special moment for pretty much the last kick, but it was no less than we deserved.”

He added: “I’ve got slightly mixed emotions, to be honest.

“It felt a bit like a win, drawing level with a goal like that so late on, just when it seemed we weren’t going to find a way through, but on the other hand, perhaps it should have been a win.”

Alty, whose scheduled Vanarama National League home game with King’s Lynn Town on Tuesday night was postponed due to Covid-related issues at the Norfolk club, travel to Havant & Waterlooville in the Buildbase FA Trophy on Saturday.