Bucks chief happy ahead of opener

Buxton v Leek town
Buxton v Leek town

Martin McIntosh says he is in confident mood ahead of the big kick-off this weekend.

The Bucks host Nantwich on Saturday looking for the perfect start as they aim to improve on last term’s 13th-placed finish.

Buxton FC v Chesterfield (white) Martin McIntosh

Buxton FC v Chesterfield (white) Martin McIntosh

Ahead of the Silverlands clash, manager McIntosh says he is happy with both the mood in the camp and the state of his squad.

He told the Advertiser: “We started pre-season really early against Chesterfield, in the first week of July.

“So in that sense it’s been really long and drawn out summer, because it’s been six or seven weeks long.

“It’s gone really well though and I’m happy with the squad we’ve got.

“I’m looking forward to the real thing now.

“On Saturday against Nantwich we’ll need to be right at it from the word go.”

Hot on the heels of Saturday’s opener is a trip to FC United of Manchester next Tuesday night at Stalybridge.

McIntosh (pictured, left) is fully aware of the unrelenting schedule in the Evo-Stik Premier ahead of a gruelling 46-match campaign.

He said: “The games come thick and fast at the start of the season.

“There’s a good blend and hopefully the players can stay fit and healthy throughout the season.

“The squad we’ve got is small and tight but there’s real quality in there.”

He now has a crop of 17 players, with the goalkeeping issue finally being resolved last weekend.

Arron Jameson, who has been impressive in pre-season, agreed terms along with fellow stopper David Reay.

The re-signing of midfield duo Alastair Taylor and Josh Davies also boosts numbers for the coming season while young striker James Handley penned terms after impressing during his first-team breakthrough in 2013-14.

McIntosh says his latest additions help complement an already-strong squad.

He added: “Arron is a huge signing for us and we’re delighted to get him.

“David is someone for the future and he’s looking sharper every game.

“He does need match-time though, so there is the possibility that he could sign dual-registration terms with another club at some point.

“Josh and Alastair are guys that have been with us since the start of the year so we were happy that they agreed terms.

“Young James is probably going to be based in and around the under-19s and under-21s but he’s a local lad with talent.

“It’s important young local players have the chance to make the breakthrough.”