McIntosh wants Buxton to relish FA Cup test

Martin McIntosh.
Martin McIntosh.

Buxton head to Conference North high-fliers AFC Fylde on Saturday, as they aim to keep their FA Cup dreams alive.

Both teams are in outstanding form lately, with the Bucks having won ten of their last 11 games and Fylde sitting four points clear at the top of the Vanarama Conference North.

Martin McIntosh’s side won 3-1 away at Stamford on Tuesday to return to the top of the Evo-Stik Premier Division.

Ahead of the third round qualifying tie at Kellamergh Park, McIntosh says his side can go there in confidence as they aim to topple the Coasters and earn a cash prize of £7,500 in the process.

He said: “It certainly looks better on paper for us to go to Fylde top of the league. Fylde are flying at the moment but we’ll go there full of confidence.

“There’s no real pressure on us because they are in the league above.

“I’ve got pretty much a full squad to choose from so we can go there and enjoy it.” McIntosh will make a late check on Alastair Taylor, who suffered a knee injury on Tuesday.

The Bucks chief praised the side for their performance on Tuesday night, after three second half goals saw them beat Stamford.

He says that the win was important after the setback of a first defeat in two months (against Skelmersdale last weekend).

He added: “I thought we were unlucky on Saturday so it was a case of getting back to winning ways against Stamford.

“We coped well as I had to have a bit of a formation shuffle.

“The players performed really well and we’re now looking forward to Fylde.”

Should a replay be required, it will take place at the Silverlands on Tuesday October 14 (7.45pm).

Otherwise, the Bucks will travel to Trafford in the league.

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