Bucks boost bid to beat the drop

Buxton FC manager Martin McIntosh
Buxton FC manager Martin McIntosh

BUXTON FC manager Martin McIntosh praised the performance of his rejuvenated side after Saturday’s comprehensive victory over Frickley Athletic edged the Bucks closer to Evo-Stik Premier Division survival.

Three victories from their last four league games, the latest being the crucial 3-0 thumping of fellow strugglers Frickley Athletic, have instilled renewed confidence in a Buxton side which at one stage had been nine points adrift from safety.

The Bucks remain lodged in the relegation places, two points adrift of safety, but just six points separate six of the seven teams in the bottom third of the table.

Commenting on Saturday’s result, McIntosh said: “I thought it was a good performance and I think we deserved the win in the end.

“One-nil was fine (in the first half), and then we went 3-0 up and we got a clean sheet, so we’re happy.

“Reed came up with two really good finishes, but the supply, the cross from the corner and also Kieran’s (Lugsden) cross, was fantastic, and Reedy will always get across defenders, he’s excellent at that.

“It was a good performance today, but we’ve still got nine games remaining.

“There’s still a long, long way to go, lots of twists and turns. It’s encouraging, but we’ve got some tough games ahead of us.”

Buxton, who still have games in hand against the teams above them, face two more relegation six-pointers when they travel to the West Midlands to take on Chasetown on Saturday (kick-off 3pm), before travelling to Mickleover Sports on Wednesday March 28 (kick-off 7.45pm), who are currently undefeated in their last five matches.

After these fixtures, the Bucks have just seven league games left, five of which are at home.

McIntosh said: “We’ve set a good standard now, so hopefully we can continue to keep those standards up.”

Chairman Tony Tomlinson added: “The team’s performance against Frickley last Saturday was outstanding and easily the most convincing of the season so now we have genuine hopes of escaping from the relegation zone.

“I do hope our supporters will make it to these away games - they can make a difference.”

Kieran Lugsden will miss the Mickleover game as he starts a two-match ban, while defender Nabil Brahim-Bounab’s month-long loan from Stockport County has ended.