Buxton manager calls on whole squad to weigh in with goals

Martin McIntosh.
Martin McIntosh.

Martin McIntosh has called on his side to chip in with more goals to help ease the burden on his strikeforce.

The front duo Liam Hardy and Shaun Tuton have weighed in with a tremendous 31 goals for the Bucks so far this season.

Although the pair’s tally has been a large factor in ensuring that Buxton are in the Evo-Stik Premier Division promotion shake-up, McIntosh believes other members of his squad have the responsibility to help out.

The Bucks manager was speaking after centre-half Ash Palmer found the net during last weekend’s 1-1 draw away at Witton Albion.

The 22-year-old’s header gave Buxton the lead only for their struggling hosts to hit back an earn a point later on in the contest.

McIntosh told the Advertiser: “Ash Palmer has been an eight or nine out of ten all season.

“Every week he’s been a rock at the back for us.

“I also think that with his power and stature that he should being scoring more goals.”

Ironically, Palmer’s goal at Witton was his second in as many outings.

The previous week he scored during the momentous 3-2 win over promotion rivals Skelmersdale.

McIntosh also had praise for Palmer’s centre-half partner Greg Young, who has also been chipping in with his fair share of goals in his debut season at the Silverlands.

Young, 31, has scored twice in his last five outings and has five strikes in total over the course of the 2014-15 campaign.

McIntosh said: “Greg Young’s signing has been extremely important for us.

“Not only has he been magnificent in terms of his defensive contribution.

“But, he’s also got us so many goals.

“He’s been a terrific signing for the club.”

The Bucks are now into the final third of the season having played 30 games.

They sit third in the table although there is a disjointed feel to the standings, as leaders Skelmersdale have played 34 games while second-placed Ilkeston have played just 27.

This Saturday the Bucks travel to Whitby Town for a third consecutive away trip.

Their hosts are marooned in mid-table and sit 13 points away from both the relegation spots and the play-off positions.

Bucks have Neil Stevens back from suspension, while midfielder Alastair Taylor is over his groin niggle.