Altrincham could only share the points with Maidstone despite enjoying a man advantage for much of the second half of their 1-1 draw.
The hosts at Moss Lane got their National League season off to a mortifying start when Liam Brockbank took an awkward deflection off a free-kick for an own goal in the fourth minute.
It looked likely to be the only strike for either side before the break until a last-ditch effort by Chris Conn-Clarke paid off in the first minute of stoppage time.
The Robins found themselves with the one-man advantage after Hady Ghandour was sent off for a foul on Aaron Bennett in the 61st minute, but even five minutes of stoppage time were not enough for them to find a winner.
Match report supplied by PA Media
- 6BainesBooked at 77mins
- 3BrockbankSubstituted forPringlesthat 81′minutes
- 26JonesBooked at 18minsSubstituted forCooperthat 52′minutes
- 9HulmeSubstituted forDinangathat 90′minutes
- 30MersinBooked at 90mins
- 3VincentSubstituted forPattisonthat 46′minutes
- 14OdusanyaSubstituted forWoodsthat 75′minutes
- 21DeaconBooked at 71mins
- 19GhandourBooked at 60mins
- 10BarhamSubstituted forAlabithat 68′minutes
- Matthew Corlett
Match ends, Altrincham 1, Maidstone United 1.
Second Half ends, Altrincham 1, Maidstone United 1.
Substitution, Altrincham. Marcus Dinanga replaces Jordan Hulme.
Yusuf Mersin (Maidstone United) is shown the yellow card.
Substitution, Altrincham. Ben Pringle replaces Liam Brockbank.
Lewis Baines (Altrincham) is shown the yellow card.
Substitution, Maidstone United. Henry Woods replaces Dominic Odusanya.
Roarie Deacon (Maidstone United) is shown the yellow card.
Substitution, Maidstone United. James Alabi replaces Jack Barham.
Second yellow card to Hady Ghandour (Maidstone United) for a bad foul.
Substitution, Altrincham. Jake Cooper replaces James Jones.
Substitution, Maidstone United. Christie Pattison replaces Liam Vincent.
Second Half begins Altrincham 1, Maidstone United 1.
First Half ends, Altrincham 1, Maidstone United 1.
Goal! Altrincham 1, Maidstone United 1. Chris Conn-Clarke (Altrincham).
Hady Ghandour (Maidstone United) is shown the yellow card.
James Jones (Altrincham) is shown the yellow card.
Own Goal by Liam Brockbank, Altrincham. Altrincham 0, Maidstone United 1.
Lineups are announced and players are warming up.