McIntosh praises club’s youth contingent

Buxton FC's under-19 squad for 2013/14.
Buxton FC's under-19 squad for 2013/14.
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Buxton boss Martin McIntosh insists that players from the club’s under-19 section could feature prominently for the senior side in the coming weeks.

McIntosh made the admission after seeing six youth players feature in the Derbyshire Cup third round tie at New Mills earlier this week.

The Church Lane clash, which the Bucks won 3-2, saw starts for John Stanway, John Ollerenshaw, Charlie Johnson, Kiarno Samms and Jack Bradbury whilst 16-year-old James Handley made his senior bow from the bench.

McIntosh says that the performance of the youngsters shows there can be a successful transition from under-19s to seniors.

He said: “The under-19s are a huge part of this club, more so than when I first came here.

“You wouldn’t recognise the set-up compared to a couple of years ago.

“Because of that I’ve been able to blood them in games, both in league and cup, and against a strong New Mills side who were experienced, I thought all the boys coped really well.”

McIntosh also had warm words of praise for substitute Handley, who had his first taste of action representing the seniors.

He added: “When I saw young James train I couldn’t believe he was only 16.

“He’s got terrific ability and he’s been banging the goals in for the under-19s recently, so that bodes well.”

This weekend the Bucks host lowly Frickley and McIntosh says he is likely to revert back to the same side that recorded a 1-0 win at Witton Albion 48 hours before the win at New Mills.

Andy Warrington, Jamie Green, Tim Ryan and Derek Niven are all set to return to the squad after being rested in midweek.

Meanwhile, McIntosh has confirmed the departures of attacking trio Leon Osbourne, Kieran Lugsden and Carlos Logan.