Bucks boss wants no more slip-ups

Buxton manager Martin McIntosh.
Buxton manager Martin McIntosh.
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Buxton boss Martin McIntosh wants his side to learn the lesson from last weekend’s collapse at home to relegated Stafford Rangers.

The Bucks’ threw away a two-goal lead at home to Rangers, drawing 2-2 at the Silverlands.

Despite Mark Reed’s brace giving the Bucks a solid two-goal cushion, they failed to build on that lead and allowed the visitors, whose relegation was confirmed with the result, a share of the spoils.

McIntosh said: “When we went 2-0 up we had chances to build on it and it really should have been a four or five-goal lead.

“We should have put the game to bed but we’ve clearly not taken our chances.

“They‘ve (Stafford) had three chances and they’ve scored with two.

“We’ve not been ruthless enough all season and again on Saturday there was numerous opportunities to finish the game, but we didn’t.”

The profligacy in front of goal could be attributed to the departure of loan striker Liam Hardy, who was recalled by parent club Harrogate Town 24 hours before the non-league transfer window closed.

Hardy bagged seven goals in nine appearances during a prolific stint with the Bucks.

McIntosh added: “Liam going back left us short up front so Lee Morris came back into the side but that was a gamble.”

Morris has been struggling with a neck complaint recently, and he was replaced at half-time last weekend by Matt Thornhill.

Meanwhile, ahead of this weekend’s trip to a resurgent Barwell, McIntosh has heaped praise on defender Ash Palmer, who he believes has the ability to play at a higher level.

Palmer is suspended for Saturday after receiving two bookings during the 3-1 victory over Grantham Town last month.

McIntosh says the centre-half will be sorely missed at the weekend and believes that he has shown his class throughout the campaign.

The 21-year-old has also been likened to former Buxton defender Marc Roberts, who is now impressing for Conference Premier side FC Halifax.

McIntosh said: “Ash will be a big miss for us on Saturday.

“He’s got better and better as the season has gone on and he’s become a massive player for us.

“I certainly believe Ash can play at a higher level.

“Hopefully he can go on and emulate someone like Marc Roberts, whose doing really well at Halifax now.”

Barwell, who are two places below the Bucks in 15th position in the Evo-Stik Premier Division, are currently on a seven-match unbeaten run in the league.

Following the Barwell clash, Buxton return to the Silverlands to host neighbours Matlock Town on Wednesday night in a re-arranged game.