Bucks take a rain check

Josh Davies, the Bucks' newest arrival.
Josh Davies, the Bucks' newest arrival.

Martin McIntosh will be glad to see the back of January after a miserable sequence of defeats and postponements blighted the opening month of 2014.

The Buxton manager saw his side suffer three losses in the league as well as being eliminated from the Derbyshire Senior Cup, as they extended their run to five consecutive defeats in all competitions.

They also saw a cluster of games fall victim to the bad weather, with the latest coming last Saturday at Worksop Town due to a waterlogged pitch.

McIntosh’s men now head into February aiming to bounce back up the league table but they start with a tough assignment this weekend, when promotion-chasing AFC Fylde head to the Silverlands.

Fylde have won their last five games in all competitions and are fourth in the standings, whilst Buxton are 15 points adrift of the play-offs, having not won in the league since December 7 (a 1-0 win at Witton Albion).

With the bad weather expected to continue over the weekend, the club is reminding supporters to keep checking their official Twitter feed for news of any pitch inspections.

Meanwhile, McIntosh strengthened his squad earlier this week with the addition of midfielder Josh Davies from Worksop Town.

Davies joined the Tigers in the summer of 2011, when McIntosh was in charge but suffered a cruciate ligament injury that ruled him out for the entire campaign.

He then moved to Brigg the following season before a return to Worksop last summer, where he has struggled to break into the side this season.

Jacob Hazel, who joined the Bucks on a month’s loan from Chesterfield earlier this month, is scheduled to play the final game of his loan spell on Saturday unless an extension can be agreed.