Buxton chief targets new signings ahead of top-of-the-table clash

Buxton v Stamford'English League Football - Evo-Stik Premier Division'Silverlands.'3rd January 2015''Buxton Manager Martin McIntosh during the 1-2 defeat to Stamford.''Picture by Dan Westwell
Buxton v Stamford'English League Football - Evo-Stik Premier Division'Silverlands.'3rd January 2015''Buxton Manager Martin McIntosh during the 1-2 defeat to Stamford.''Picture by Dan Westwell

Martin McIntosh is hoping to freshen up his squad with “one or two” signings ahead of Saturday’s visit to league leaders Skelmersdale.

The Buxton boss was looking to rubber stamp the deals after seeing his side put in a below-par performance in last weekend’s home defeat to Stamford.

McIntosh was disappointed with the 2-1 setback, when two blunders from goalkeeper Arron Jameson gifted Stamford a 2-0 lead.

Despite the visitors being reduced to ten men and Laurie Wilson slotting home a late penalty, Buxton couldn’t muster an equaliser.

“Individual mistakes have cost us the game and that’s disappointing because I don’t think Stamford created too much on the day,” said McIntosh.

“They (Stamford) defended for their lives in the second half and their goalkeeper was excellent.

“We put them under pressure but you can only credit their players for the way they responded.

“We almost got a point late in the day, but I can’t criticise my players on the basis of one performance.

“I can only credit them for the way they responded to the two goals.”

In terms of bringing new personnel into his squad, McIntosh is hopeful that at least one new arrival will be added before Saturday’s trip to Lancashire.

“I’m hoping to bring in one, maybe two players,” added McIntosh, who confirmed that one of the players he is tracking is a striker at a fellow Evo-Stik Premier Division club.

“There could also be some movement in terms of players leaving the club.”

The Bucks will enter Saturday’s clash 12 points adrift of their hosts, although they do have the advantage of four games in hand.

McIntosh is expecting an exciting contest and says it will be an added bonus for his side to go into a game as underdogs.

“It’s a game where we’ll go into it not as the favourites, which is a nice change,” he added.

“Saturday was our first loss in five and we can go there and try to express ourselves.”

McIntosh confirmed Alastair Taylor is still suffering with a groin injury and may be on the bench again, as he was against Stamford.