McIntosh: “We’re edging closer to that first win”

Buxton boss Martin McIntosh looks on.
Buxton boss Martin McIntosh looks on.
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Buxton boss Martin McIntosh feels his side are edging ever closer to their first victory of the season.

McIntosh has seen his troops record three 1-1 draws since their opening day reverse to Nantwich.

Last Monday saw the Bucks held at home by Ilkeston, with defender Jamie Green’s terrific free-kick earning a share of the spoils.

That came 48 hours after another 1-1 draw at Ashton United, which followed up the midweek point at FC United of Manchester.

Despite a trio of consecutive stalemates, McIntosh has drawn on the positives as his team puts the finishing touches to their preparations for Saturday’s trip to Marine.

He said: “We created more chances against Ilkeston than we did in our three previous games.

“We had some cleared off the line and we hit the woodwork and put them under massive pressure.

“Considering they had scored 13 goals in their three games, I thought we stood up to them well.

“I’ve not been too disappointed with our games so far, apart from the Ashton match.

“We maybe haven’t had the rub of the green so far, but I think we are getting nearer to that win.

“The sooner it comes, the better for us.”

The Bucks boss says that he is keen for his side to end the pattern of conceding the first goal in games.

All four outings so far have seen the opposition open the scoring but McIntosh wants his side to avoid chasing matches.

He added: “I mentioned that to the players and it’s important we try and score first.

“However, I can only admire the character of the boys to come back like they have done in the last three games.”

Striker Liam Hardy is nursing a groin problem that forced him to miss the Ilkeston clash.

He remains a doubt for Marine, while Greg Young will definitely be missing through suspension after receiving a red card on the opening day.

Tuesday sees the Bucks return to the Silverlands for the visit of Grantham Town (7.45pm).