Buxton hit the home straight

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BUXTON Football Club is preparing to hit the home straight as their bid for Evo-Stik Premier Division survival reaches a crucial stage with the season entering its final weeks.

The resurgent Bucks have seven league fixtures remaining to save their season, five of which are at home.

The first of these takes place at the Silverlands on Saturday when high-flying Bradford Park Avenue are the visitors (kick-off 3pm).

Since their 3-1 victory over the Bucks at the Horsfall Stadium earlier this month, The Avenue have won two of their last three matches - the only defeat coming away at runaway leaders Chester FC - and netted 11 goals in the process.

The following Wednesday April 4, Stafford Rangers will provide the opposition at the Silverlands (kick-off 7.45pm). The teams will be meeting for the first time this season. While Kieran Lugsden is serving a two-match suspension which will keep him out of the Bradford match, both Grant Black and Michael Towey are fit again after injury.

Buxton continued their revival with crucial 3-1 away wins against Chasetown last weekend and in midweek at Mickleover Sports, results which have lifted Martin McIntosh’s side out of the bottom four.

Buxton chairman Tony Tomlinson said: “I would appeal to our lost supporters to return to support our rejuvenated side, starting with Saturday’s tough game against Bradford, who are pressing strongly for a playoff place.”

* The club is appealing for supporters to volunteer to sell its Grand National draw tickets to provide a much-needed boost for the funds.