Bucks remain upbeat ahead of new campaign

Buxton FC v Halifax, Neil Stevens
Buxton FC v Halifax, Neil Stevens

Buxton player-assistant Tim Ryan says he was happy with the squad’s attitude against FC Halifax Town, despite suffering a heavy defeat.

Ryan took charge of the side in the absence of manager Martin McIntosh, and although the Bucks were on the end of a 4-0 defeat he praised the team’s never-say-die spirit.

He said: “I thought it was the toughest game we’ve had so far because Halifax are an established Conference side, but I thought we missed a few good chances.

“My main satisfaction was that towards the end of the game our lads were still going, even at 0-4, and they were giving everything to the cause. That was what I relayed to the manager.”

Two goals in each half did the damage but the Bucks had chances of their own, including a Shaun Tuton penalty which was saved.

Ryan says that the mood in the camp is upbeat and that they are looking forward to the new season, which starts on August 16.

He said: “We’re looking to improve on last year and get a few more wins under our belt, especially at home.

“We’ve got a bunch of lads here that is one of the best I’ve worked with in 20-odd years of football.

“Against Halifax it would have been so easy to give up, but the lads gave everything which shows the camaraderie in the changing room.”

Ryan also confirmed that the Bucks are continuing to bide their time over bringing in a new goalkeeper.

Arron Jameson has played a clutch of games but Ryan says a deal is far from done.

He added: “We’re still speaking to Arron but nothing’s concrete there yet. We’ve got two or three people in line who we need to assess, but it’s still an ongoing thing.

“It’s a massively important position so it’s up to the gaffer and myself to make sure we get the right person in.”

Buxton’s final warm-up game is Saturday at home to Leek Town.