Back from the Brink brink

BUXTON boss John Reed has hailed his side after back-to-back wins brought them back from the brink.

After a disappointing start to the Evo-Stik Premier Division season in which Buxton lost their first five games, Reed is under no illusions that he faces a mammoth task to turn things around and get his side up into the top half of the table.

But he remains confident that his long held ambition of achieving promotion with the Bucks is still possible.

“It will be very difficult but I am not giving anything up yet. There’s still 30 odd games to go,” he said.

“We have made it very difficult for ourselves losing five games on the bounce and we’ve got a massive load of points to claw back but the league title isn’t won in September or October. We just need to try and keep the winning streak going as long as we can.”

And he added: “It was such a disappointing start to the season because the games we lost we could have easily won.

“Nobody was more gutted than me because I want to get us into the Conference North. And I’m still positive we can get there.

“But we can’t look back and I was very pleased with the lads against Stocksbridge. They gave a polished performance and played really well.

“Then against Nantwich, the first half was as good as I’ve seen at the Silverlands since I’ve been manager.

“David Taylor and Martin Pembleton gave us some strength on the flanks and we played fantastic football. We scored some spectacular goals and Spencer (Weir-Daley) and Curtley (Williams) both had fantastic debuts.

“In the second half we lost our way a little bit and had Scott Hartley to thank for saving a penalty but we secured the points.”

Reed was buoyed for Saturday’s game with the arrival of Spencer Weir-Daley and Curtley Williams on a short-term loan from AFC Telford United, with Weir-Daley scoring twice in Saturday’s victory over Nantwich. But he knows there is still work to be done to his squad. “I’ve said from day one that we are short in the five and nine positions and that is one big reason for bringing these lads in from Telford. But we are actively looking for someone who can put pen to paper on a more permanent deal. We are looking for a permanent forward and a permanent centre half, that is absolutely crucial.”

This Saturday, the Bucks travel to North Ferriby United. The game kicks off at 3pm.