Bucks in squad revamp

Liam Hardy joined up with the Bucks earlier this week.
Liam Hardy joined up with the Bucks earlier this week.

Buxton were this week given a much-needed boost, with the arrival of new signings as they aim to climb back up the Evo-Stik Premier Division standings.

Firstly, manager Martin McIntosh brought in striker Liam Hardy on loan from Skrill North outfit Harrogate Town.

He then sanctioned the arrival of former Halesowen Town defender Sam Brooks.

The pair complement McIntosh’s other recent acquisitions of defender Stuart Ludlam and midfield duo Josh Davies and Alastair Taylor.

Hardy has hit seven goals this season for Harrogate, all coming in the league.

The 23-year-old joins McIntosh’s side on an initial month-long loan spell.

McIntosh went into the match at Worksop midweek having seen his side lose their previous seven outings in all competitions, and this prompted the recent flurry of signings.

The poor run of results started with the 2-0 reverse at home to FC United of Manchester during the festive period.

This was then followed by league losses to Rushall (1-2), Ashton United (0-2) and King’s Lynn (3-1).

The Bucks then exited the Derbyshire Senior Cup after a 1-0 extra-time defeat to Ilkeston, before AFC Fylde (0-4) and Skelmersdale (0-2) added to the recent poor run of form.

On Saturday the Bucks will make the long trip up to Blyth Spartans hoping to spring a surprise double over the play-off chasers.

Back in November, Buxton recorded a 2-1 win at the Silverlands thanks to goals from Lee Morris and Neil Stevens.

After the trip to Blyth comes a visit from Stamford, next Wednesday.

Meanwhile, Martin McIntosh’s side will now host King’s Lynn on Wednesday March 12 as opposed to the previous date, which was listed as March 5.