Impressive Ash sets the bar high

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Ash Palmer says he is looking to build on an impressive first full campaign with the Bucks.

The centre-half earned rave reviews last season after a number of stand-out performances at the heart of the defence.

Palmer made 49 appearances in total as Buxton finished 13th in the Evo-Stik Premier Division.

Despite the team’s mid-table finish, the 21-year-old earned admiring glances for his steady showings at the back.

Ahead of the new season, which kicks off at home to Nantwich on Saturday, Palmer feels he has grown in confidence.

He said: “I feel like I’ve matured a lot over the past season.

“I’ve played at Conference North level before (at Hinckley and Droylsden) but playing at this level you have to adapt quickly to it.

“I had a back problem in pre-season and then missed the first couple of games.

“To miss the start was disappointing, but then I got thrown in and gradually got back into it.

“I got a real feel for the league once I got used to it.”

The defender, who was previously on the books at Scunthorpe United, says that the influence of manager Martin McIntosh and player-assistant Tim Ryan has also been a huge factor in his performances.

Both were centre-halves during their professional careers and naturally have passed on valuable advice to Palmer.

In the case of Ryan it was whilst the two were centre-back partners throughout last season.

Palmer said: “Playing with Tim helped me a lot last year.

“He’s always telling me stuff and giving me tips and is constantly speaking and advising me throughout the game.

“He helps massively and there’s lots I picked up from playing with him.

“The gaffer and Tim have been there, done it and got the t-shirt, so I can learn a lot.”

Looking ahead to the new season Palmer says he would like to add more goals into his game.

The centre-half notched just a solitary strike in 2013-14, with that coming during the 6-1 rout over King’s Lynn in March.

He added: “I scored once last season but I want to be scoring more.

“That’s something I want to bring into my game and something I can definitely improve on this year.”