Inverurie Locos manager Andy Low had no complaints as Huntly came from behind to leave Harlaw Park with a point.
Kai Ross’s late penalty cancelled out Chris Angus’s first-half opener for the Railwaymen.
Low was unimpressed with his side’s showing, with the point leaving them five behind Highland League leaders Brora Rangers, having played two games more.
He said: “It was a scrappy game. There wasn’t much composure from either side.
“It turned into a battle, which I didn’t want.
“I’ve no complaints with the result, but I was wanting a lot more in terms of the result and the performance so we’ll look at that.
“I thought we had an opportunity to play a lot more football and dictate the pace of the game.
“But when we got that opportunity we were making the wrong decisions and wrong passes and it was really frustrating.
“I had a word with the players after the game and will do again on Tuesday at training because that’s not how I want Locos to play.
“That’s not how we’ll play going forward either so I’ll sort that out.”
Low did feel Inverurie should have had a penalty with the score at 1-0 when Neil Gauld went down after tangling with Logan Johnstone.
He added: “I thought we deserved a penalty when Neil went down. I do agree it was a tangle of legs, but when the striker is in front of the centre-half I think that makes it a penalty.
“If they were alongside each other it wouldn’t be, but Neil was certainly in front and was away to go through.
“I thought that it was a penalty, but I’m not going to complain about refereeing decisions.”
In the early stages Angus headed over from a Calum Dingwall corner, while Huntly captain Ross Still curled a free-kick on to the roof of the net.
After plenty of possession Inverurie went ahead in the 38th minute when Ryan Stott hooked a ball into the box and a deft Angus header deceived Black and Golds goalkeeper John Farquhar and found the right corner.
A minute later the visitors passed up a great chance to equalise when Jamie Michie tripped Glenn Murison and referee Duncan Nicolson awarded a penalty.
However, Locos keeper Andy Reid got down to his right to parry Declan Milne’s powerful effort.
Chances were at a premium in the second half and after Inverurie’s penalty claims with quarter of an hour left were turned down when Gauld and Johnstone tangled in the box, Huntly equalised with eight minutes left from their second spot-kick.
Murison burst into the box and was felled from behind by Michie, with Ross making no mistake from 12 yards.
Huntly boss Martin Skinner said: “I thought we played well. We had a game plan and the players went out and stuck to it and I’m proud of the players.
“Attitude was the key thing we spoke about at half-time because we were still in the game.
“We had missed a penalty, but we had something about us and the hunger and desire was there.
“It was a good result and we would’ve taken it before the start given the league positions so I’m really pleased.
“I felt a draw was a fair result given the chances in the game.”