MATCH PHOTOS & REACTION - Buxton boss blames home form for play-off collapse

Buxton v  Marine (white), Shaun Tuton
Buxton v Marine (white), Shaun Tuton

Buxton boss Martin McIntosh has said that his side’s home form looks like costing them a place In the Evo-Stik Premier Division play-offs.

McIntosh was speaking after watching his team drop two more points at the Silverlands, in Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Marine.

Buxton v  Marine (white),

Buxton v Marine (white),

The Bucks fell behind against the relegation-threatened Merseyside club through Jamie Menagh but substitute Ash Burbeary rescued a point for the hosts late on with a free-kick.

With Buxton five points shy of the play-offs ahead of the Bank Holiday trip to Matlock, McIntosh said: “The games are certainly running out and we’ve lost too many games at home.

“I can count them on the top of my head and that looks like what could cost us getting in there.

“I don’t know why we have a better record away from home and that’s something we need to look at.

Buxton v  Marine (white), Ash Burbeary scorer of Buxton's goal

Buxton v Marine (white), Ash Burbeary scorer of Buxton's goal

“It’s not like we haven’t made chances at home but we haven’t turned them into goals.”

McIntosh added that the Bucks would have to win all four games to stand a chance of getting into the top five.

On the 1-1 draw, the Scot said: “We had seven or right chances in the game but we’re disappointed that we didn’t take them.

“We’ve played well and we’ve dominated the match, but Marine have brought a lot of players in and they’ve only lost one game out of seven so they’re in good form.”

Buxton v  Marine (white), Liam Hardy on his knees as another chance goes begging

Buxton v Marine (white), Liam Hardy on his knees as another chance goes begging

McIntosh again cited the lack of chance conversion for his team’s failure to win the contest.

“I think they’ve had one chance all game and they scored, that’s what is so heart breaking for us,” added the Silverlands chief.

“We did more than enough to win two games.

“It’s the same story just like against Ramsbottom, several clear cut chances but no winner.

Buxton v  Marine (white),

Buxton v Marine (white),

“However, I would be worried if we weren’t creating chances but we are.

“(Liam) Hardy’s had two great chances and he will do so being top scorer, Tuton is up there as well so we have the firepower but we haven’t finished them off.

Marine nearly stole the three points right at the death - Owens had bundled the ball past Jameson in the fourth minute of stoppage time but fortunately for Buxton the linesman had his flag up for offside.