Buxton chief pressing ahead with ‘keeper plans

Buxton fc v Grantham. Buxton manager Martin McIntosh.
Buxton fc v Grantham. Buxton manager Martin McIntosh.

Martin McIntosh is set to step up his efforts at bolstering the goalkeeping department after the departure of experienced stopper Andy Warrington this summer.

Buxton manager McIntosh is currently running the rule over a number of options as he looks to sign up two ‘keepers ahead of the 2014/15 Evo-Stik Premier Division campaign.

Veteran Warrington has taken up a full-time non-playing role at a professional club and his departure leaves a gap for a new number one.

The Bucks boss says he is hopeful of being able to bring in two ‘keepers as he believes it will bring much-needed competition for places.

McIntosh said: “For training purposes it certainly helps our goalkeeping coach Charlie Cresswell to have two ‘keepers to work with.

“We’ll have to see what we can do, but it’s all about fitting everything into the budget we’ve been set.”

Buxton went down 1-0 at Gainsborough Trinity last week in a hastily-arranged friendly.

This Saturday Conference Premier side FC Halifax Town visit the Silverlands.

The game is likely to see the return of Marc Roberts after his move to West Yorkshire last year.

McIntosh has said the defender, who played 65 games for the Bucks, is assured of a warm welcome.

The final pre-season test comes a week on Saturday (August 9) at home to Leek Town.

Meanwhile, the club’s youth section is undergoing a summer makeover with the creation of a new under-21 side.

The new team is hoped to bridge the gap between the seniors and under-19s, who are now managed by Dan Hopkins.

Dave Bradbury has been appointed as new under-21 manager.

Hopkins said: “We believe it’s good for the whole club and is a natural progression.”