Buxton boss plots Trophy run

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

Buxton manager Martin McIntosh wants to steer his team to a memorable cup run as they prepare for yet another game with FC United of Manchester.

The two sides clash at Stalybridge’s Bower Fold on Saturday in an FA Trophy second round qualifier - the third meeting between the pair already this season.

The clubs met at the Silverlands in the league earlier this month, with the 1-1 draw extending an amazing statistic of just one victory by the home side in 14 previous encounters.

Ahead of the cup clash, McIntosh wants his side to relish the game as they aim to reach the next round.

He said: “It’s a crazy 
statistic.

“But we love going there, and as a club I think we’re very fortunate to have FC in our league.

“Their supporters are fantastic, and their manager and staff are all good guys.

“We enjoy playing them because we always seem to have entertaining games.

“Obviously once you go out of the FA Cup, then the Trophy is the biggest competition because there’s a real chance to go far in it.

“Chorley did really well in the Trophy last season when they were in our league and they got to the last-16.

“There’s the possibility of getting a good tie the further along you go.

“It would be great for our fans to see us against a higher-placed team.”

Buxton exited the competition at this stage last season, when they lost 1-0 at lower-league Sheffield FC.

A reshuffled Bucks side won 2-1 at Prescot Cables in midweek to progress through to the second round of the Doodson Sport Cup.

McIntosh was pleased with the performance and insists his side are capable of competing on four fronts this season.

As well as the league, FA Trophy and Doodson Sport Cup, the Bucks will be in the draw for the third round of the Derbyshire Senior Cup.

McIntosh says that the club treats every competition with respect.

He said: “It’s important that we use the whole squad and that we can mix it up.

“Every competition is important to us.

“We owe it to the sponsors and also the fans, to put on a performance.

“People are paying to watch us and they want to see a good product.”

The Bucks chief was impressed with the side’s showing at Prescot, especially after the poor showing in the 3-0 league defeat at Rushall last weekend.

He added: “The boys did really well on Tuesday.

“I thought the young lads that were involved played well too.

“It’s important we bring them in gradually rather than make wholesale changes.

“The experienced lads certainly helped them out and it was an encouraging performance after last Saturday.”