Buxton chief Martin McIntosh confident of a productive 2016 for the club

Martin McIntosh
Martin McIntosh

Buxton chief Martin McIntosh believes the club is in a strong position as 2016 comes into view.

The Bucks boss made the admission after watching his side sign off 2015 with a fourth consecutive league win after they beat Nantwich Town 3-1 on Holiday Monday.

That followed hot on the heels of a Boxing Day triumph at the home of local rivals Matlock Town.

Those two victories leave the Bucks seventh in the table - just two points off the play-off spots.

McIntosh told the Advertiser: “I think we’re definitely moving forward as a club.

“I think that it’s a better group than we had last season.

“We just need to continue and see how we do.”

Despite the Bucks’ improvements McIntosh says that the loss of a trio of players undoubtedly hit the club hard.

Ash Palmer, Craig King and Shaun Tuton all left the Silverlands in the past 12 months for clubs higher up the footballing pyramid and McIntosh says it has been a difficult task to try and replace those star assets.

He said: “There’s no doubt losing three players with the quality of Shaun Tuton, Craig King and Ash Palmer is hard.

“They are very difficult to replace but we’ve got a strong squad and a good group of players.”

With regards to the Bucks’ wins over Christmas, McIntosh was delighted to make it 14 goals in four games with the Nantwich win.

He said: “It was a really hard fought game against a good side.

“You could see why Nantwich are second.

“But that’s twice we have beaten them now and it was a fantastic result.

“We’ve hit 14 in four games now but it was important we got three different scorers.

“We showed how powerful we can be at set-pieces.”

The Scot was also happy with his side for overcoming neighbours Matlock, after coming from a goal down to win 2-1.

The hosts led through Craig Nelthorpe but Liam Hardy equalised before Bradley Barraclough nabbed a late winner.

Matlock had earlier seen Ted Cribbey sent off just after the re-start.

McIntosh reflected: “It was a typical derby.

“It was slightly scrappy and there was a competitive edge to it.

“I think the sending-off changes things to be honest.

“It swayed it in our favour and I was happy with the result.”

The Bucks return to action on Saturday when they travel to sixth-placed Ashton United.

McIntosh added: “Ashton didn’t have a good start but they recovered.

“It’s going to be tough because the last two or three seasons they’ve been there or thereabouts.

“The guys in charge there have done a really good job so we know what to expect.”

McIntosh will be without Burbeary and Alastair Taylor for the clash at Hurst Cross.