Ryan urges Bucks to carry on good run

Tim Ryan (right) alongside Bucks boss Martin McIntosh.
Tim Ryan (right) alongside Bucks boss Martin McIntosh.

Buxton player-assistant Tim Ryan is hoping the team can continue their excellent form when they return to FA Cup action on Saturday.

The Bucks host Northern League side Newcastle Benfield at the Silverlands in a second round qualifier.

Despite Buxton having won their last seven outings, Ryan believes the lower-league opponents are something of an unknown quantity.

He said: “To be honest I don’t know a massive amount about them, but I do know that the north-east is a hotbed of football.

“I experienced that during my time up at Darlington and we played quite a few teams from the Northern Leagues in friendlies.

“It’s a league that is renowned for having good players.

“They were always competitive teams up there and I’m sure it will be the same for us on Saturday.

“Obviously we are on a good run at the moment and it’s important we keep this momentum going.

“The biggest game is always the next one and we want to do well in the FA Cup so we’re not taking it lightly.”

Ryan also had warm words for the Buxton defence, which has conceded just eight goals in ten league outings - the second-best in the division.

He added: “I don’t think the defence get the praise that they deserve.

“The back four this season have all been magnificent.

“Greg Young has been a rock alongside Ash Palmer, and Jamie Green has been outstanding.

“I still think there’s more to come from the defence though.”

The Bucks have enjoyed a blank midweek for the first time since the season began, and boss Martin McIntosh has put the players through their paces with two training sessions as they aim to continue their fine form.

The manager praised the side after Saturday’s excellent 5-1 win at home to Belper - a result which put them top of the league until other results on Tuesday night.

He said: “It’s a great feeling being at the top because there’s a little bit of pressure on you to keep winning.

“I think that’s good pressure to have.

“But you have to capitalise when things are going well.”

Tuesday saw Curzon Ashton go top, ahead of the Bucks after they drew 1-1 at Ramsbottom.

McIntosh’s side will regain first place if they beat Curzon at home on Tuesday night.

However, should the FA Cup tie finish in a draw, the replay will take place instead of the proposed league fixture.