McIntosh wants Bucks to end on a high

Buxton manager Martin McIntosh.
Buxton manager Martin McIntosh.
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Martin McIntosh has vowed his Buxton side will be no pushovers when champions-elect Chorley roll into the Silverlands on Saturday.

The final game of the season sees the mid-table Bucks play host to the Magpies, who know a win will seal the title for them and secure Conference North football for 2014-15.

However, even with an injury-ravaged squad boss McIntosh insists his players will be up for the role of party poopers.

He told the Advertiser: “We’ll be competitive and do everything that we can on Saturday.

“The nature of the game is that we need to be fair to everyone else in this league so we won’t be rolling over.

“This is a huge game for them (Chorley), but it’s a fantastic match for our players to be involved in and they can play with freedom, but they will definitely be up for it.

“Chorley know they’ll be in for a tough day when they come here.”

The only side capable of denying Garry Flitcroft’s team the championship is FC United of Manchester.

They head to Barwell, also 3pm kick-off, hoping that the Bucks can do them a favour.

Over 1,000 Chorley fans are expected to head to the Silverlands on Saturday, with Buxton’s largest crowd of the season expected.

Meanwhile, McIntosh has reflected on an encouraging Easter period which yielded four points from two matches.

The Bucks beat basement side Droylsden 4-2 at home last Saturday before registering a 1-1 draw away at local rivals Matlock Town 48 hours later.

He said: “Against Droylsden it was a game that we were expected to win and I think we did enough to get over the line.

“It was a case of job done really, and it was good to see four goals.

“I can’t be too critical or harsh on the players over the two we conceded.”

The Bucks dusted themselves down for the derby trip to Matlock Town just two days later and despite seeing the hosts grab a late share of the spoils, McIntosh was proud of the performance by his players.

He added: “I thought the boys were superb against Matlock.

“There’s been a lot of talk about the small size of our squad recently, but when one player misses out another steps up to the plate and performs and that was the case at Matlock.”

Full-back Jamie Green suffered a hamstring injury at the Autoworld Arena that saw his departure from the action just minutes after half-time.

With resources stretched, McIntosh replaced him with 16-year-old James Handley, who the manager says is a credit to the club.

He said: “People forget that James is still only 16.

“It’s superb for the club to have him coming on and to have players that can make the step-up.”

McIntosh suffered another injury blow late on in the game on Monday, when Ash Palmer suffered an ankle knock that rules him out of Saturday’s clash.

One bright piece of news is that Stuart Ludlam will return to the fold after sitting out the Easter double-header due to a two-match ban.

Lee Morris, who scored but was then sent off against Matlock, is available as his suspension will not kick in until the start of next season.