Bucks boss braced for toughest test yet

Buxton FC manager Martin McIntosh
Buxton FC manager Martin McIntosh

Martin McIntosh says his side will face “the best team in the league” this weekend, when they head to promotion-chasing Chorley.

The Buxton manager takes his side to Victory Park on the back of a six-game unbeaten run, despite the disappointment of last weekend’s 1-1 draw with Frickley.

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Hallam v Sheffield United 30.7.13 'Pic : Martyn Harrison'Ioan Evans - Sheff Utd ''� BLADES SPORTS PHOTOGRAPHY

The visitors took a share of the spoils thanks to a 90th minute strike, the tenth goal that Buxton have conceded in the last ten minutes of games this season, but McIntosh pointed out the positives to take from extending the Bucks’ unbeaten run.

He said: “We’ve got the third-best defensive record in the league and that gives us a solid platform to build on.

“The late goals are so disappointing because we’ve dominated a lot of the games.

“We’ve tried to eradicate that aspect of the game but my real concern is we’re not scoring enough goals to finish teams off.”

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Sheffield United U21 V Forest u21 26.8.13'Pic : Martyn Harrison'otis khan - Sheff utd''� BLADES SPORTS PHOTOGRAPHY

Chorley have lost just twice this season and McIntosh is under no illusions as to the size of the task.

He added: “Most people wouldn’t be given a chance going to Chorley and it will be the most difficult game we’ve faced all season.

“But I believe we can compete in every game and apart the first half against Worksop, this season we’ve not been outplayed by any side.”

Meanwhile, young Sheffield United duo Ioan Evans and Otis Khan have joined up with McIntosh’s side ahead of the busy festive period.

Evans, a centre-half, and Khan, an attacking midfielder, trained with the Bucks for the first time earlier this week after joining on short-term loan deals.

The pair both featured prominently in the Blades’ under-18s FA Youth Cup victory over Bolton last week.

Sheffield United’s Academy Manager Nick Cox said: “The Academy fixture schedule quietens down across the Christmas period so it gives us an ideal opportunity to loan some of the boys to our partner clubs for them to gain some valuable experiences in senior football.

“Playing in front of the paying public, playing with and against experienced players, an emphasis on league position are all things that the boys will need to be comfortable with if they are to progress to the next level.”