Glenn Murison was pleased to play his part in earning Huntly a point against Inverurie Locos after his Christmas concussion nightmare.
The midfielder returned to the Black and Golds’ team in the 5-0 defeat to Brora Rangers on January 4 after three weeks on the sidelines.
Murison suffered from concussion following Huntly’s 3-2 loss to Locos in the Aberdeenshire Shield on December 11.
At the weekend he was instrumental in the Strathbogie side leaving Harlaw Park with a point, winning two penalties, the second of which was converted by Kai Ross to make it 1-1.
Murison, 22, said: “I missed football for three weeks and you realise how much you miss it.
“I’m back now so hopefully I can keep going and stay in the team for the rest of the season.
“In that game (Shield tie) I scored and then I came off the pitch and I didn’t even know I’d scored.
“So that is quite concerning but concussion is something that’s taken very seriously and is spoken about a lot.
“It’s good that it’s taken seriously, but for me personally it was still frustrating missing training and games for three weeks, but I’m happy to be back.”
Murison revealed Huntly’s disappointment at missing out on the Aberdeenshire Shield final against Inverurie last month was a motivating factor ahead of their weekend meeting.
He added: “We did think about the Shield game because we played well and were unlucky to get beat.
“We lost scrappy goals and we did that again on Saturday, but we were positive and came back.
“You could tell that everyone was really up for it, fought for each other and got onto second balls.
“In the second half I thought we were on top for the majority and we did get some chances and we showed we can compete against a good team.
“Overall we were happy enough but we want to kick on from here and try to go on a decent run.”
Murison was in the thick of the action winning two penalties against Locos, both after trips by Jamie Michie.
Although some disputed the spot-kicks the player involved was in no doubt both were penalties,
Murison said: “For me both of them were penalties – although people will expect me to say that.
“When you get a touch in the back it puts you off balance and you go down.
“And if you don’t go down then you don’t get a penalty and people can have their own opinions but they were both penalties for me.”