Buxton now fully focused on league affairs

Martin McIntosh - Pic By James Williamson
Martin McIntosh - Pic By James Williamson

Martin McIntosh insists the Bucks can now focus all of their efforts into their league form, as they aim for a successful Christmas period.

Buxton boss McIntosh made the admission after his side exited the Derbyshire Senior Cup last week - the last remaining cup competition that the club were still involved in.

Although McIntosh insists the 2-0 defeat at the Autoworld Arena was ‘disappointing’, he insists that the outcome could prove to be a blessing in disguise when the campaign reaches its business end.

“The league is obviously our priority, especially this year given how we’ve started,” McIntosh told the Advertiser.

“The cups have given me a chance to freshen the team up and also give games to three or four 17-year-olds.

“But now we’ve just got the league to focus on.

“We’ve had so many games this season already.

“We’ve been playing Saturday-Tuesday-Saturday pretty much since July.

“As a result, we haven’t been training as much as we would have liked.

“Hopefully now we can get back into the routine of training Tuesdays and Thursdays.

“If we can do that we can get some real sharpness into the players.

“There’s a difference between match fitness and general fitness and you need both, especially with the amount of games we’ve had and still have to play.”

Meanwhile, last Saturday’s fixture at home to Ashton United was postponed due to a frozen surface at the Silverlands.

A new date has yet to be arranged.

This weekend sees Buxton travel to Nantwich Town - a rematch of the opening day clash which saw the Dabbers escape with a 1-0 win.

Meanwhile, McIntosh was impressed with the contribution of youngsters Shamari Doyle and Alex Stacey during the Matlock clash.

The duo both played the full 90 minutes and the Bucks’ chief says he would have no qualms incorporating the pair in his matchday squad.

“They’ve done fantastic,” he said.

“I’d have no hesitation in bringing them into the first-team squad.

“We have to look at the younger generation of players and one thing you can be sure of is that at this club young players will always get an opportunity.”