BUXTON FC are facing arguably their biggest week of the season so far — and fans are being urged to turn out in force to support their team.
The Bucks face a trio of massive fixtures in the next ten days, starting with this Saturday’s visit by league leaders FC Halifax Town and including a visit to local rivals Matlock Town on Tuesday night and a home tie against FC United of Manchester next Saturday.
And with only 14 games left Buxton boss John Reed knows how important the fans’ support is as his team push for an all important play-off place.
“There is nothing better than when you’re doing well and you’ve got lots of people coming out to watch you and giving you good quality support, that is what it’s all about,” he said.
“We are having a bit of a difficult time at the moment, we’re not playing as well as we can do and we are very disappointed because we could have been in a very healthy position by now.
“It’s been back to the same old thing, we’ve been making mistakes and getting absolutely crucified for them and there are a few players whose form has dipped a little bit so we need to turn that around and make that push for the top five. If we can get into the top five, that has always been our aim and it still is. We certainly haven’t given up.
“Certain people are saying ‘well we’re not doing this, or we’re not doing that’ but I know I’ve got an absolutely great set of lads who give absolutely everything. What people don’t think about is that these lads work every single day, eight hours a day, and then turn up for games. Sometimes with midweek games they finish at 4.30pm and turn up to away grounds in their work clothes because they haven’t had time to change.
“The lads are giving everything and we need the supporters to really get behind them now. We need people to come out in force and support the lads.”
And his sentiments were echoed by club chairman Tony Tomlinson: “Both FC Halifax and FC United have large contingents of away supports and I would appeal to our fans to turn out in big numbers for these very important games.”
And looking ahead to the FC Halifax game, Reed commented: “We are certainly not going to show them any more respect than we do to anybody else. We only lost 2-1 to them at the beginning of the season and we were very unlucky to lose. They’ve got the best strike force in the league so defensively we need to keep them controlled and hopefully snatch a goal or two.”