Kris Hunter blasted Formartine for their “comical” play in their 3-3 draw at 10-man Huntly.
The manager admitted it is now very difficult for the Pitmedden outfit to end their elusive hunt for the Highland League title this season.
It could have been worse had Graeme Rodger not equalised with the last kick of the game.
They fell behind three times, including twice after Huntly’s Kieran Adams was sent off for a second yellow card.
Hunter could not hide his disappointment after the game.
“We showed a bit of character but some of our play was comical to be honest,” he said.
“We’ve had chances to put the game to bed.
“The decision making from some of our players, it was comical. A draw is better than a defeat but it’s still disappointing.”
He added: “With 10 seconds to go, it’s a point gained but overall two points dropped.
“We’ll find it difficult now (to win the league), we’ll keep fighting to the end but at the end of the day, it’s in Cove’s, Buckie’s and Brora’s hands now.”
A tight offside call saw a Gary McGowan lob ruled out but after 35 minutes, he opened the scoring with a low, drilled effort.
On 49 minutes, Formartine were level from the spot after Rodger was taken down by Adams.
It was left to Garry Wood to thump it down the middle.
Huntly were reduced to 10 men as Adams was dismissed just after the hour but McGowan got his second after 64 minutes.
Rodger eventually equalised for Formartine with 10 minutes left, sweeping home from 15 yards.
In injury time, Calvin Roddie slipped in forward Robbie Duncanson, who clipped it over the sprawling Reid.
But with the last kick of the game, Rodger got his brace, finding the top corner to level.
In the Highland League Cup, nine-man Nairn came back to beat Deveronvale 2-1 after extra time.