McIntosh proud of Bucks’ performance

Buxton manager Martin McIntosh.
Buxton manager Martin McIntosh.

Buxton FC boss Martin McIntosh says his side can take plenty of positives from last weekend’s success at title-chasing FC United of Manchester.

McIntosh was speaking after watching his side record arguably their best result of the campaign, after a 2-1 win at Gigg Lane on Saturday.

The hosts opened the scoring through Tom Greaves, but Sam Brooks and Matt Thornhill struck for the Bucks to increase their impressive record over United to five consecutive away wins.

McIntosh says the players raised their game for the visit to one of the title contenders, played out in front of over 3,000 spectators.

He said: “I was proud of the performance and the result showed we’ve got really good players here.

“I thought the fact that it was a good pitch and a good atmosphere seemed to help us.

“I think it’s certainly fair to say we deserved the win on the day.

“We were the better side and the players lifted themselves for the occasion and they embraced it.”

This weekend sees the traditional Easter double-header, with the Bucks hosting bottom-of-the-table Droylsden at the Silverlands on Saturday before a trip to local rivals Matlock Town 48 hours later.

Stuart Ludlam will miss both games after picking up his tenth booking of the season during the recent defeat at Barwell.

McIntosh insists that the remaining games give the Bucks the chance to finish what has been a topsy-turvy campaign on a high.

He added: “The games that we have left will hopefully bring out the best in our players.

“We have to be true to every other team and so we want to win all our remaining matches.”

Meanwhile, McIntosh says that he has already started planning ahead for next season.

He confirmed he has begun scouting around for new additions, while he is also set to start discussions with existing players, with regards to staying on for next season.

• The club’s player of the season awards ceremony was held at the Devonshire Dome on Saturday night.

Neil Stevens scooped the Supporters’ Player of the Year award, while the Players’ Player gong went to veteran goalkeeper Andy Warrington.

Jamie Green was handed the Manager’s Player of the Year prize, while young striker James Handley, who recently made his first-team debut, was presented with the under-19s award.