Bucks boss McIntosh in positive mood ahead of away day double-header

Martin McIntosh looks on during the 0-0 draw with Barwell on Saturday.
Martin McIntosh looks on during the 0-0 draw with Barwell on Saturday.

Martin McIntosh says he was pleased with the response of his players last weekend to their FA Cup disappointment, despite being unable to break down Barwell in a 0-0 draw.

The 3-0 loss at Witton Albion a week earlier had left McIntosh appealing for a positive reaction from his men upon their return to league action.

And even though his side deserved more than the point they earned, McIntosh was happy with what he saw.

He said: “From start to finish I thought we were excellent and created lots of chances.

“We just didn’t have the clinical final pass or finishing touch, although their keeper was man-of-the-match which tells you a lot.

“I can’t complain at all. I got the response I wanted and to still have won five of our first seven games and only conceded three goals means I can’t criticise the lads at the moment.

“I should add that Barwell are a decent side and also played well as we expected them too, so a draw remains a good result for us.”

Attention now turns to two away games over the next week.

Corby Town will be the hosts on Saturday in a fixture brought forward due to both sides being out of the FA Cup.

Three days later, Buxton will head to Ashton United who currently sit just behind McIntosh’s men in the league standings having also started the season well.

Corby are something of an unknown quantity having been relegated from the National League North last season.

Ashton, meanwhile, lost joint managers Paul Phillips and Steve Halford to Stalybridge Celtic a fortnight ago, leaving Will Haining and Jody Banim in caretaker charge. They won 3-1 at Stafford Rangers last weekend.

McIntosh said: “I’ve spoken to Corby boss Tommy Wright several times in the past but we not quite sure what to expect from them.

“They’ve had a difficult start and haven’t won a game yet, but they don’t concede many goals - just four so far - so will be tough nuts to crack.

“Ashton will probably be quite similar to how they usually are despite having lost their managers.

“They don’t seem to have been badly affected by it and had a good result last weekend. I’ve known Will Haining for a while and he’s quite a fiery character so you’d imagine the team may well be too.”

On the player recruitment front, Buxton brought in right-sided player Matty Williams ahead of the Barwell match.

Williams, 19, signed a professional contract with Fleetwood Town in 2015 but was released at the end of last season.

McIntosh said: “We’ve not been able to look at him in a match yet but he’s looked good in training and I’ve got high hopes for him in the future.

“He can play at right-back or in right midfield but at the moment I couldn’t really justify bringing anyone out of the team so Matty knows he’ll have to be patient and wait for his chance.”

Meanwhile, it was also announced this week that defender Danny Burns has been signed by Gateshead, but will remain with the Bucks on loan until the end of the season.

Burns, 19, signed for Buxton in the summer having been with Cambridge United and has impressed so far this season, Gateshead winning what McIntosh described as something of a race to sign him.

He said: “We’ve got scouts looking at a lot of our players at the moment and Dan has been a class act since arriving.

“A big part of the deal to take him to Gateshead was for us to be able to keep him until next summer, so it works well for both parties.”