Bring it on!

John Reed, Buxton FC
John Reed, Buxton FC

IMPRESSIVE back to back wins have put manager John Reed and his in-form Buxton FC side in a confident mood ahead of this weekend’s tie against fellow promotion chasers FC United of Manchester.

The Bucks have already beaten league leaders FC Halifax Town and local rivals Matlock Town this week, and on Saturday, their hat-trick of massive league fixtures is completed when FC United of Manchester are the visitors to the Silverlands (kick-off 3pm).

Tuesday night’s 3-1 victory over Matlock cemented Buxton’s spot in the play-off positions, leaving them just seven points behind second placed Colwyn Bay but with four games in hand.

And Reed is in a buoyant mood as he prepares for the next fixture. “FC United is one fixture I always look forward to because I love big crowds,” he said. “There is nothing better than getting to the ground and seeing it filling up with supporters. Their supporters just sing and sing so I hope the BBA are in full voice.

“FC United are one of the best footballing teams in this division. I know we got a win there earlier in the season but we really had to battle hard. We are going to have to be at our best and it is going to have to be the same type of performance we gave against Matlock and Halifax.

“The confidence levels are rocketing and there’s a real buzz in the dressing room. We know what we’re looking for to get into the play-offs and to get in them for the second time in four years would just be amazing.

“We’ve got a good chance. We’ve still got a lot of hurdles to come but we’re at the right time to start playing like we have been doing and beating our opponents like we have been doing. It is a great feeling.”

Goals from Kieran Lugsden (2) and Michael Towey gave Buxton victory over Matlock at Causeway Lane on Tuesday, and made it nine points out of their last three fixtures.

Speaking of the game, Reed said: “It was a wonderful performance. For me it was a game we completely dominated. We had a 15-minute spell just after we came out for the second half when we gave away a penalty. Then Steve Ridley gave another really silly penalty away but fortunately this time Scott Hartley made a great save. Over the other 75 minutes we were well on top.

“It is great to win but it is great to win playing well. We had great support from the fans on Tuesday too. They really got behind the lads and when they do that they’re like a 12th man.”

Reed is hoping to add local youngster Sam Johnson, who made such a huge impact as a substitute against Halifax on Saturday, scoring both goals, to his squad. Sam is currently playing for Harpur Hill FC in the Hope Valley League but Reed is hoping to sign him after being impressed by his performance. “To me he looks like he has come from a league club,” he said.

“I know people said we took a big gamble on Saturday but it paid off. He really looks the part, he looks superb, so sharp. There is no doubt in my mind that he is good enough for this level.”

Next Tuesday, March 22, Buxton host Ashton United (kick-off 7.45pm).

* The game against FC United tomorrow (Saturday) is strictly all-ticket. Tickets can be purchased from The Vault on Buxton Market Place during the day today (Friday) or tomorrow (Saturday) morning from 10am.