Buxton boss happy with squad’s blend

Buxton boss Martin McIntosh believes good player recruitment has been the key to their start
Buxton boss Martin McIntosh believes good player recruitment has been the key to their start

Buxton boss Martin McIntosh believes that recruitment is at the heart of his side’s impressive form so far this season.

With a third of the 2014-15 season gone, McIntosh says he is delighted at how his team have laid down markers.

He believes that the efforts of himself and assistant manager Tim Ryan, to try and bring in the ‘right kind’ of player into the club, is paying dividends.

He said: “When you bring somebody into your club, you’re not just signing a player. You’re also signing a person.

“That person has got to be right and has to fit in with the players already at the club.

“I think it’s taken me and Tim some time to weed out the players who we didn’t think fitted in.

“We had to get a better blend and I sat down with the owners over the summer and discussed that.

“To be fair to them, they gave me their backing to go out and get that slight bit of quality.

“That has showed with the results we’ve been getting.

“We’ve got 17 or 18 players now, and every one of them has a part to play.”

Last week saw the Bucks exit the FA Cup after a narrow 1-0 loss at AFC Fylde.

They bounced back in style however, with a 1-0 win at Trafford on Tuesday.

McIntosh was delighted with his players’ response and is looking for more of the same away at Ramsbottom on Saturday as the Bucks aim to close the gap on leaders Skelmersdale.

He said: “I was absolutely delighted with the players at Trafford.

“It was one of the best performances we’ve put in, because we were up against a physical side.

“Saturday (against Ramsbottom) will be a difficult test because I think they are the best footballing side we’ve come up against.

“We beat them in the FA Cup recently, but they were outstanding that day so we’ll go there in confidence but we’re under no illusions as to how tough it will be.”

Buxton are second in the table but crucially, they have a game in hand on Skem.

Tuesday sees McIntosh’s team face a third consecutive away game, with a trip to Frickley.