Martin McIntosh to eye trialists in Chesterfield game, before finalising squad ahead for FC United of Manchester visit

Buxton FC v Alfreton (red),
Buxton FC v Alfreton (red),
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Martin McIntosh hopes to have finalised his 2015/16 Buxton squad by the end of next week.

But the Scotsman admits that there’s always a chance he’ll make a last minute signing or two, or suffer a surprise departure.

His side’s pre-season fixtures began with a 4-1 defeat at home to National League North outfit Alfreton Town.

And McIntosh, preparing for his fourth full season in charge of the Bucks, was taking little notice of the result.

“It was just a case of playing a match instead of training,” he said.

“It was a bit earlier than we wanted, and with their season starting a week before ours, they were probably a bit ahead in terms of fitness.

“We still have three or four away on holiday, and an awful lot of triaists out.

“The result didn’t bother me in any way.”

McIntosh plans to make his mind up on the triallists, including former Worksop player Warren Burrell, over the coming week.

They’ll get a further chance to impress on Friday night when Chesterfield are the visitors to Silverlands, and by the time FC United provide the opposition on Saturday 18th, the manager wants to have his squad secured.

“A lot of the triallists played half a game against Alfreton, it’s still a bit too early to make decisions.

“There’s probably one or two I’ve made my mind up on.

“I would hope to have my squad by just before the FC United game, but it doesn’t always work like that.

“There’s always one or two who might leave and one or two who will come in last minute – like Andy Warrington a couple of seasons ago.

“You’ve got to try and get the right blend of players within your budget.”

The former Rotherham United ace is content with the signings he’s made so far, which include experienced goalkeeper Phil Barnes, and hopes to add another couple this week.

Although he’s now what would be seen as a long-serving manager in modern day terms, McIntosh is making no predictions about the 2015/16 Evo-Stik Premier season.

“I have no idea how it’s going to shape up,” he said.

“It’s a huge league with 24 teams, from all the way up north you’ve got Blyth, and all the way down around Birmingham you have Stourbridge.

“There are so many different styles of play, good passing teams, physical teams, and usually it’s the team who has the biggest squad and is the most consistent who comes out on top.

“You never can tell how it’s going to go, last season we finished 10th but if we’d won our last game we’d have been seventh, it would be good to improve on that.”