Crucial two weeks in bid for league survival

Buxton are entering a crucial two-week period in their battle to escape from the relegation zone with consecutive fixtures against three of their basement rivals, beginning on Saturday at home to Frickley Athletic. Kick-off at the Silverlands is 3pm.

Chairman Tony Tomlinson commented earlier this week: “Again I would appeal for our supporters to turn out in force for what could be a trio of vital fixtures.

“Last Saturday their vocal backing was really valuable and the players and management do appreciate their support, so I want to thank our supporters for their efforts.

“The league table seems to indicate that it is the current bottom seven clubs that will provide the four teams that go down so it’s difficult to exaggerate the importance of the forthcoming matches against Frickley, Chasetown and Mickleover.”

Following the Frickley fixture, loanee Nabil Brahim-Bounab will return to his parent club Stockport County, but giant Worksop Town centre-half Marc Roberts is to remain at the Silverlands until the end of the season after his month-long loan was extended.

Announcing the news on Twitter after the Bucks’ 2-1 win over Ashton United on Saturday, Roberts commented: “Pleased to have signed for the Bucks till the end of the season.”

Roberts was one of Buxton manager Martin McIntosh’s signings at Worksop last summer. He had joined the Tigers on a two-year deal from Wakefield.

Another new face expected to remain at Buxton until the end of the season is Leeds United’s Sanchez Payne.

Attacking midfielder Payne, 20, who lasted 70 minutes on his full debut against Bradford Park Avenue on Monday evening, is a second-year professional at Elland Road.

Kieran Lugsden’s yellow card at Bradford means that he must serve a two-match suspension, which will include the game against Mickleover and the return fixture with Bradford.