Buxton boosted by Hardy loan news

Buxton FC v Trafford, Liam Hardy sees his shot rebound of the keeper
Buxton FC v Trafford, Liam Hardy sees his shot rebound of the keeper
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Buxton manager Martin McIntosh has expressed his delight after extending the loan of Liam Hardy until the end of the season.

Hardy’s initial loan expired after last Saturday’s excellent 2-0 win away at Ilkeston.

But McIntosh was quick to pose the question of Harrogate Town boss Simon Weaver, and his persistence paid off when the extension was announced earlier this week.

The deal does include a 24-hour recall clause but McIntosh told the Advertiser that he is just happy to have the in-form striker in his squad.

He said: “I have to thank Harrogate and their manager Simon Weaver for allowing us to extend the deal.

“Liam’s come in and done really well.

“We’re happy to have him here and he is enjoying it here.”

Hardy has bagged five goals in seven outings so far with a brace in each of the last two games.

He scored both the goals at Ilkeston to follow up his double in the midweek 6-1 mauling of King’s Lynn Town.

The victory over King’s Lynn was the Bucks’ first success at home since November 30.

The visitors were reduced to nine men in the first half, with an outfield player having to go in goal.

The hosts then proceeded to their biggest win of the campaign and McIntosh says that the rub of the green finally went the Bucks’ way.

He said: “Over the season we’ve had maybe five or six players sent off but a few of those weren’t merited.

“I think it’s fair to say we’ve been harshly treated but against King’s Lynn it was the other way round.

“They went down to nine but we couldn’t feel sorry for them.”

McIntosh will be hoping to continue the good run of form on Saturday, when Grantham Town are the visitors to the Silverlands. His side then travel to Nantwich on Tuesday.