Buxton boss delighted with ‘perfect’ start to season

Buxton v Belper Town FC'Evo-Stik Premier Division'The Silverlands, Buxton.'20th September 2014''Buxton Manager Martin McIntosh enjoys the win.''Picture by Dan Westwell (PLEASE BYLINE)''dan.westwell@btinternet.com'07793 733140
Buxton v Belper Town FC'Evo-Stik Premier Division'The Silverlands, Buxton.'20th September 2014''Buxton Manager Martin McIntosh enjoys the win.''Picture by Dan Westwell (PLEASE BYLINE)''dan.westwell@btinternet.com'07793 733140

Martin McIntosh revelled in what he labelled a ‘perfect’ start to the season this week as his Buxton side won both of their opening Evo-Stik Premier Division fixtures without conceding a goal.

A 2-0 win over newly-promoted Darlington 1883 on Saturday was followed by a 1-0 success at Ramsbottom United on Tuesday, the Bucks being one of four sides to have begun the season with a 100 per cent record.

And McIntosh says the start has been a pleasant surprise given the widespread changes that have taken place within his playing squad over the summer.

He said: “You’re always apprehensive at the start because you never know how well everyone will settle and gel but we’ve been very organised in both games which has been pleasing. To win them without conceding is perfect.

“Darlington are one of the favourites for promotion and are a very good, possession-based side, but we limited their chances and created good ones ourselves from which we scored twice.

“Then at Ramsbottom we should really have won by more than just the one goal as we missed several clear cut openings. They had one decent chance to score whereas their goalkeeper has had to be in great form to stop us running away with it.”

The match at Ramsbottom was marred by a late brawl which saw Buxton’s Alistair Taylor and two United players sent off. McIntosh added: “It’s something you don’t want to see but I have to say that the initial challenge on Alistair was terrible. There is a concrete wall very close to the touchline there which I think is actually very dangerous and I feared the worst when Alistair got clattered as it looked like his head was going to hit the wall.

“In the end, he’s been sent off for his reaction and the lad who fouled him went too as well as one more following the melee. The ref handled it very well but it wasn’t pleasant.”

Buxton now face matches against two of the other sides who have made 100 per cent starts with a trip to Blyth Spartans on Saturday followed by Skelmersdale’s visit to Silverlands next Tuesday night.

McIntosh said: “We’ve won at Blyth for the last two seasons so have a good record there. The long trip is never ideal but if we can get that out of our system quickly I feel we will have a great chance.

“Skelmersdale always start well and I’ve a lot of time for their boss Tommy Lawson who has been there for years and sets his teams up to play really good football. “They’ve had a good couple of wins too but we fear nobody at the moment and I’m confident we can build on our great start.”