Bucks on the road

Buxton FC manager Martin McIntosh
Buxton FC manager Martin McIntosh

BUXTON FC has embarked on a crucial run of six away fixtures in seven games - a sequence that could make or break their promotion challenge.

Following last night’s (Wednesday) scheduled trip to Whitby Town, the Bucks travel to Frickley Athletic on Saturday (kick-off 3pm).

While the South Elmsall-based club has earned just one point on their travels, they have won as many home games as the Bucks.

And boss Martin McIntosh expects the fixture to pose a tough test.

“There are no easy matches at this stage of the season, and Frickley is going to be tough as they have a good record at home,” he said.

“It’s coming up to the business end of the season so every game is crucial. But it is the consistency that we need to get going and we will be looking to go on a bit of a run.”

Buxton face another difficult away fixture next Tuesday (kick-off 7.45pm) when they take on Rushall Olympic, a side unbeaten in the league in 2013 with six wins from their nine matches.

The Bucks return to the Silverlands on Saturday March 9 to face Stafford Rangers, before heading back on their travels to face Ilkeston, Chorley and FC United of Manchester.

But McIntosh says his side is not fazed by the sequence of away fixtures that lie ahead.

“Away games don’t really make a lot of difference, and sometimes the onus is on the home side to come at us, so this is not something I am particularly concerned with,” he added.

On the player front, goalkeeper Ian Deakin is recovering well from injury and McIntosh is hopeful the player will return in the coming weeks.

The home fixture against Chorley, postponed from last weekend, has been rearranged for Wednesday April 24.