Bucks’ number two has faith in forward line

Shaun Tuton is one of three strikers at Buxton this season.
Shaun Tuton is one of three strikers at Buxton this season.
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Buxton’s player-assistant Tim Ryan is hopeful that the club’s new-look strikeforce will be a hit this season.

Liam Hardy and Shaun Tuton’s arrival means they join Mark Reed in the striker pool at the Silverlands.

Ryan, who oversaw the recent friendly against FC Halifax Town, says Hardy and Tuton in particular have shown promising signs of a partnership.

The Halifax game was only the second time that the duo have started together in pre-season after a combination of injuries and unavailability.

He said: “Against Halifax we wanted to form a partnership between Shaun and Liam and that meant keeping both on the pitch for as long as possible.

“Because Reedy was missing it was a chance to see the partnership growing together, because it’s the first time that Liam and Shaun have really played together since the Chesterfield game.

“They’ve got different attributes but they both possess pace.

“We’re different from last year in that respect so anything that goes in behind, we’ve got real pace to get on to it.”

Much is expected of Buxton’s new duo this season, with Tuton impressing down the road at Matlock and Hardy back at the club after hitting seven in nine while on loan last year.

Veteran striker Reed also agreed terms for the 2014-15 campaign and Ryan believes the Bucks’ all-time top goalscorer can play his part throughout the season.

He added: “We’re confident that what we’ve got is a really, really good strikeforce this year.”