Buxton boss refuses to rule out play-off bid despite faltering form

Martin McIntosh.

Martin McIntosh.

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Bucks boss Martin McIntosh has refuted claims that his sides’ play-off chances are over despite dropping more points in their 1-1 draw at home to Ramsbottom United on Tuesday.

McIntosh’s men are now six points off the top five but do have a game in hand against Skelmersdale who occupy the final place – however Ashton in sixth have two games in hand over Buxton, four points clear.

“Our play-off chances are not over,” said the Bucks chief.

“We have to keep going and I’ve told the players we’ve got everything to play for.

“We could win three on the trot, you never know, but at present the odds are stacked against us but there is no way we are giving up.”

Bucks dominated from start to finish but squandered a clutch of chances.

They took the lead through Alastair Taylor but minutes later Lee Gaskell responded for the visitors.

McIntosh said: “I can’t criticise the players, I can’t criticise their drive - there was some good performances out there.

“If we’ve made 15 chances, then they’ve had one shot and scored - it was a great finish.

“But this is what happens when you don’t put teams to bed like Blyth and Whitby and I could go on and on and especially in the last eight to ten games we’ve dropped so many points.

“Their goalkeeper has been absolutely incredible tonight with the saves that he’s made especially at the death.”

McIntosh was describing Grant Shenton’s top drawer save from Ash Palmer.

The defender had space at the back-post but was thwarted at close range, which meant a share of the spoils went back to Greater Manchester.

The Bucks travel to promotion candidates Ilkeston on Saturday and McIntosh is ready for the test.

“There is no better game for me to go into after tonight,” he added.

“I’m looking forward to it already and with some good performances tonight I’m optimistic for the game.”