Bucks boss: All still to play for

Buxton v FC united.
Buxton v FC united.

Martin McIntosh is adamant there is still plenty for his side to play for this season, despite a mid-table finish looking likely.

The Bucks are currently placed 14th in the Evo-Stik Premier Division standings.

However, boss McIntosh says his side are still in competitive mode with only a handful of matches left.

McIntosh told the Advertiser: “Our team goes out every game trying to win.

“We want to finish as high as possible.

“It’s important to remember we’re not absolutely safe just yet.

“Therefore it’s important we get points, as many points as we can between now and the end of the season.

“It’s been a long, hard season and with only having a small squad that’s taken its toll.”

McIntosh believes that the amount of games this season has understandably had a physical effect on his squad, as was evident during last weekend’s 1-0 reverse at Barwell.

He said: “On Saturday (At Barwell) we had three lads that were working on the morning of the game.

“We were very poor though, and we never created much.

“They (Barwell) stuck their goal away well but apart from that there were very few chances.

“We had a couple of blocked shots and although they defended well, we never really put them under any real pressure.

“Barwell probably shaded it but to be honest it was a bad game on a bad pitch and from our point of view it was a bad showing.”

The Premier Division was extended to 24 teams this season, and that has resulted in four more league matches for each side.

The 1-1 draw against Matlock on Wednesday was the 49th game of a gruelling campaign for the Bucks and to compound matters further, their last five matches are shoehorned into a 15-day period.

Six players have played 40 games or more this season, with Craig King an ever-present.

McIntosh added: “I think the extra four games this season has made such a difference.

“You tie that in with the three or four cup competitions and it’s a lot of games. To ask that of players at this level is alot.

“It takes it out right of players and you also have to consider that most of them work full-time and have early starts.”

McIntosh’s side visit title-chasing FC United of Manchester on Saturday.

The meeting at the Silverlands back in December saw the visitors seal a 2-0 victory in front a 1,000+ crowd.

The defeat sparked an eight-game losing streak so the Bucks will certainly be fuelled with enough motivation when they head to Gigg Lane.

On Wednesday night McIntosh’s side play their last remaining game in hand, when they make the trip to Whitby Town.

The Easter weekend then sees them host Droylsden and travel to Matlock in the space of three days, before they round off the campaign at the Silverlands against Chorley on April 26.