FINAL PUSH

HIGH-FLYING Buxton FC face a “mouth-watering” game against fellow promotion chasers Colwyn Bay at the Silverlands this Saturday, kick-off 3pm.

John Reed’s side are currently sitting pretty in the top five of the Evo-Stik League with games in hand and despite a number of his players carrying injuries, the Bucks boss knows that his squad has the focus and determination needed to make that final push for promotion.

Looking ahead to this weekend’s big game, Reed said: “When we went up to Colwyn Bay we were narrowly beaten though to be fair, they were the better side on the day.

“They are a very tall side so are very dangerous from set plays. We are hampered by the loss of our captain Gregg Anderson on Saturday because he is at a wedding but I have got one or two things in mind. It will cause us problems but we are just going to get on with it.

“We are over the moon to be in this position and I take my hat off to every single player. They have all been working their socks off and I hope and pray for them that we get in the play-offs.

“We are down to the bare bones. We’ve got the walking wounded with Michael Towey, Steve Ridley, Grant Black, Mark Reed and Scott Hartley all carrying knocks but we’ve just got to get on with the remaining games now and try and accumulate enough points to get into the play-offs.

“If we have got a fit squad we are capable of beating anyone in the play-offs. And I am very confident that if we get in the play-off’s we’ll get through and into the Conference North.”

After Saturday’s win at Ossett, chairman Tony Tomlinson said: “We are aiming not just for the play-offs but to finish as runners-up as that achievement would assure us of home ties, so obviously the Colwyn Bay match is going to be very important. I am therefore appealing to our supporters to turn out in huge numbers to act as our ‘twelfth man’.”

l Next Tuesday (April 12) Buxton visit Stocksbridge Park Steels, kick-off 7.45pm.

l Tickets for the Derbyshire Senior Cup Final between Buxton and Derby County at Chesterfield’s B2net Stadium are now available priced at £10 for adults and £5 concessions. Coach travel is available from the Silverlands at £7 each.