Buxton chief hails fighting spirit

Buxton fc v Grantham. Buxton manager Martin McIntosh.

Buxton fc v Grantham. Buxton manager Martin McIntosh.

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Martin McIntosh has praised his side’s perseverance after they put up a brave fight against champions Chorley, on the final day of the season last Saturday.

Despite going down 2-0 at the Silverlands, a result which confirmed the Evo-Stik Premier Division title for Garry Flitcroft’s side, Bucks chief McIntosh says he was happy with the performance given from his depleted squad.

He said: “I thought overall the team competed really well.

“We had a lot of injury problems going into the game; Ash Palmer and Jamie Green were missing and we had to start with Tim Ryan who hasn’t been fully fit for three months. But with what we had, I think the boys performed really well.

“They (Chorley) only got their second goal when we were pushing forward so I think the 2-0 scoreline made it look a bit more emphatic than it was.

“Every player that I had at my disposal gave nothing less than 100%.”

Two goals from Josh Hine at the end of each half secured Conference North football next season for the visitors, and McIntosh believes they have the ability to follow in the footsteps of promoted teams of the past few years.

He said: “The table doesn’t lie over 46 games. Chorley are a big club and I’m sure they’ll go on and do really well.

“I know they’ve chucked a lot of money at it but you look at teams in recent years like Halifax and North Ferriby, and they have all gone on to do well in the Conference North.

“I think they’ll (Chorley) be right up there next season.”

McIntosh is now pressing ahead with plans for the 2014-15 season, as Buxton look to improve on their 13th-placed finish.