Bucks chief asks for players to show their clinical side

Buxton FC v Rushall Olympic (yellow), Jacob Hazel
Buxton FC v Rushall Olympic (yellow), Jacob Hazel

Martin McIntosh, the Buxton manager, says last weekend’s setback at home to Rushall Olympic must be addressed quickly.

The Bucks took an early lead before surrendering all three points in the second half.

Despite a promising start to the 2013-14 season, McIntosh’s men have recently hit a tough spell, with just one win in five (before the trip to Ashton).

Speaking after the Rushall game, the Scot said: “I thought the game was really the story of our season so far. We’re not finishing teams off.

“The first half we created a hatful of chances but we’ve not taken them and in the end that’s come back to bite us.”

A worrying statistic for McIntosh will be that his side have scored just 33 goals in 25 outings - the second-lowest in the division.

However, in stark contrast they have only shipped 26 - the second-lowest in the league.

McIntosh added: “We’ve been tight enough at the back but we simply haven’t been clinical enough in front of goal.”

Meanwhile, McIntosh has insisted that he will be treating the Derbyshire Senior Cup with the utmost respect.

The Bucks host holders and Evo-Stik Premier Division rivals Ilkeston on Wednesday night (7.45pm).

Ahead of the quarter-final meeting, he said: “We’ll definitely be approaching this game fully-focused.

“I’ll be looking to play my strongest team possible because this is a competition that we are in the latter stages of.”