Buoyant Bucks target FA Cup progression

Buxton's Liam Hardy celebrates his goal to make it 1-0 against Frickley. By Dan Westwell
Buxton's Liam Hardy celebrates his goal to make it 1-0 against Frickley. By Dan Westwell

Buxton boss Martin McIntosh hopes his team can take their excellent league form into the FA Cup this weekend.

The buoyant Bucks, who are unbeaten in seven games and have won their last four, take on Ramsbottom at the Silverlands in a first round qualifier.

Buxton v Frickley Athletic'Evo-Stik Premier Division'The Silverlands, Buxton.'9th September 2014''Buxton Manager Martin McIntosh.''Picture by Dan Westwell (PLEASE BYLINE)''dan.westwell@btinternet.com'07793 733140

Buxton v Frickley Athletic'Evo-Stik Premier Division'The Silverlands, Buxton.'9th September 2014''Buxton Manager Martin McIntosh.''Picture by Dan Westwell (PLEASE BYLINE)''dan.westwell@btinternet.com'07793 733140

McIntosh’s side romped to a 4-0 home win over Frickley on Tuesday night to move up to second in the Evo-Stik Premier Division table.

Now, the manager is calling for a similar performance on Saturday when his side aims to move one step further in the world’s oldest cup competition.

He said: “The FA Cup is always important to the club and the money that can come with progressing in it is also a boost.

“We’ve got momentum behind us now so hopefully we can carry on our run.

“I thought it was a terrific performance (against Frickley) and everyone put in a good shift.

“It showed we’ve got goals in us and without being disrespectful to them, we could have maybe scored more than four.

“We took our goals well and we’ve got strikers who know where the net is.

“The players’ workrate is phenomenal - they’re a dream to work with.”

Shaun Tuton grabbed a quickfire hat-trick on Tuesday night to build on Liam Hardy’s opener, as the hosts put in their most impressive all-round performance of the season so far.

The mauling of Frickley came hot on the heels of last weekend’s impressive 1-0 win at Blyth, where Tuton again hit the target.

McIntosh is now hopeful that Saturday’s cup tie - their first-ever meeting with Ramsbottom - will entice more punters to flock through the turnstiles as his side aims to reach the second round.

He added: “Myself and the players are doing all we can and I think that shows with nine goals in the last two home matches.

“We’ve got 16 or 17 players who are giving their all and I hope the fans can see that.

“I would like to think the people who turn up can spread the word that this team is worth watching. We’ve certainly got the fanbase there.”

The Bucks are scheduled to return to league action next Tuesday with a daunting midweek trip to King’s Lynn.

However, if Saturday’s game ends in a draw then the replay will take place instead of the proposed trip to Norfolk.