Bucks boss wants more firepower in 2014-15

Martin McIntosh.

Martin McIntosh.

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Buxton boss Martin McIntosh wants an improvement in the final third next season, as he aims to piece together a more potent team.

Last season the Bucks scored 63 league goals - nine less than they hit in 2012/13 despite playing four extra games.

Their average goals-per-game ratio last season equated to 1.3, down from 1.7 the season previous.

McIntosh believes the recent decision by Liam Hardy and Craig King to commit to the Bucks will lead to an improvement in next season’s goal tally.

He said: “Last year where we fell short was not getting enough goals.

“With Liam and Craig in the team I would hope for an improvement next season.

“I’m delighted with their signings and I think they are as good as anyone in the league.

“Liam had a number of clubs interested in him, as did Craig, but both expressed their happiness at working here.”

McIntosh is now in the process of ensuring other members of his side follow the lead of King and Hardy, who were two of the standout performers from what was a below-average 2013-14 campaign.

Meanwhile, the Bucks have added more friendlies to their pre-season schedule.

McIntosh’s side open up with a visit from last season’s League Two champions Chesterfield on Saturday July 5.

Other matches have been pencilled in at home to Altrincham (July 8), Macclesfield (July 11) and Stockport (July 22), whilst a meeting with neighbours New Mills is also likely to take place.

McIntosh added: “It’s terrific to have Paul Cook bringing a side to the Silverlands.

“It promises to be a good occasion and hopefully we’ll get a good crowd in.

“We’ve also got some other interesting games set up, such as a derby against New Mills, which will be good for our fans.”