Bucks’ boss: “Too many setbacks at the Silverlands”

Martin McIntosh.
Martin McIntosh.

Martin McIntosh wants to make the Silverlands a fortress next season after admitting his side have squandered too many points at home.

The Bucks’ play-off hopes have all but evaporated after two stalemates over the Easter weekend.

Manager McIntosh is already looking towards next season and insists the Bucks’ home form needs addressing if his side are to go one better next term.

Last Saturday saw the Bucks held 1-1 at home to Marine.

48 hours later the team made the short journey down the A6 to Matlock only to be held to a drab 0-0 stalemate.

The results leave Buxton eighth in the table on 67 points, however with just three league games remaining the club can only reach 76 points at best.

The side currently occupying the fifth and final play-off spot is Curzon Ashton who are on 72 points and still have five games left.

With a top-five finish effectively out of their reach, McIntosh says home results have not been good enough over the course of the campaign.

He said: “The games are certainly running out and we’ve lost too many games at home.

“I can count them on the top of my head and that looks like what could cost us getting in there (play-offs).

“I don’t know why we have a better record away from home and that’s something we need to look at.

“It’s not like we haven’t made chances at home but we just haven’t turned them into goals.

“I would be worried if we weren’t creating chances but we are.”

This Saturday sees the Bucks head back to the Silverlands, with mid-table Rushall Olympic the visitors.

Incredibly the Bucks are looking for their first Saturday win at home since November 29 - some 19 weeks ago.

On the bright side the Bucks have already made improvements from last term.

With three games still remaining, McIntosh’s side have already accumulated more points, won more games and scored more goals than the 2013-14 term.