Buxton bid to make history in FA Cup

Buxton FC manager Martin McIntosh
Buxton FC manager Martin McIntosh

BUXTON Football Club will attempt to make history this afternoon (Saturday) by reaching the First Round Proper of the FA Cup.

The Bucks face Blue Square North side Guiseley in the Fourth Qualifying Round, knowing a win would put them into the latter stage of the Budweiser-sponsored competition for the first time in 50 years.

Martin McIntosh’s men head to Nethermoor Park (kick-off 3pm) in a rich vein of form, with Tuesday evening’s 5-1 win over Eastwood Town taking their goalscoring tally to 24 during their current seven-match unbeaten run across all competitions.

And the manager this week joined club chairman Tony Tomlinson in urging fans to show their support for the team.

“It is such a huge match and we know how difficult it will be, but we are a confident side at the moment” said McIntosh.

“I’ll be expecting a hard-working performance from our lads. But Guiseley are going well in their own league, and with the players they have, and the financial backing, they will be expected to beat us.

“I really hope as many of our fans as possible can come along and support us. Ninety-nine per cent of people are going to say we don’t have a chance, and we might go there and get beat 5-0, but we have a really good bunch of supporters and the last thing I would want is for them to miss out on what could turn out to be a fantastic afternoon.”

Buxton’s current crop of players will be aiming to emulate their club’s heroes of the 1962-63 season, the last time the Bucks reached the First Round Proper.

Tomlinson said: “Once again we have a tough draw in the final qualifying round but the team is in superb form with 24 goals scored in seven games undefeated, and we desperately want to reach the First Round Proper for the first time in 50 years.

“Support in numbers and good voice can make such a big difference so I hope many of our supporters will travel to West Yorkshire on Saturday.”

Buxton are due to entertain Worksop Town in the Evo-Stik Premier Division next Wednesday, however this fixture will be postponed should Saturday’s FA Cup game end in a draw, with any replay scheduled to take place at the Silverlands on Tuesday evening (kick-off 7.45pm).