Chris Plummer felt a 1-1 draw was “probably about right” as Corby Town’s interest in the FA Cup remained intact at Histon.
The Steelmen took the lead just after half-time against their Blue Square Bet North rivals thanks to Paul Malone’s goal.
But the lead only lasted six minutes as Jordan Ivey-Ward levelled for the hosts to ensure a third qualifying round replay at Steel Park on Wednesday night.
And Corby boss Plummer was content with the final outcome.
“I think a draw was probably about right, it was a fair result,” the Steelmen manager said.
“It is slightly disappointing from our point of view because we have taken the lead and not held it for very long and again we were undone by a set-piece.
“But Histon are a decent side. They are better than their league position suggests and they have had some decent results of late.
“A draw was about right over the whole 90 minutes and we will take it.”
It means both clubs take their place alongside the Blue Square Bet Premier clubs for the fourth qualifying round draw on Monday morning.
And Plummer added: “It is good to be in the hat.
“We will be looking at the draw with interest and hopefully there will be a good incentive to get through.
“But we know there is still a job to do on Wednesday night before we can think about anything else.”