Buxton boss calls for festive success ahead of Matlock visit

Martin McIntosh
Martin McIntosh

Martin McIntosh believes last weekend’s result at Nantwich Town can be the catalyst for a successful Christmas period.

The Buxton manager saw his side take a share of the spoils thanks to a last-minute strike from Shaun Tuton.

That result kept the Bucks within six points of league leaders Skelmersdale, with two games in hand.

McIntosh insists the late leveller could prove to be crucial ahead of a glut of games over the festive season, starting with the derby against Matlock at the Silverlands today (Boxing Day).

“To get the goal so late on at Nantwich was brilliant - We left the field feeling like we’d won,” McIntosh said.

“We missed a few opportunities especially in the second half.

“But, we’ve conceded late goals before and you can go into the next few games feeling deflated.

“So to score late on and get back in it in the way we did, was brilliant.

“We’re looking forward to the Matlock game now.

“Hopefully we can get a big crowd in.

“They’re always good games against Matlock and the players can’t wait.”

The Bucks face three games in the space of nine days, but have an extended rest between the Matlock game and the trip to Ilkeston on New Year’s Day.

That is because the proposed home match against Whitby Town, planned for December 28, has now been re-arranged for later in the season.

McIntosh is hopeful that one less game for his side will give them a slender advantage for the trip to the New Manor Ground.

He added: “We’ve got a little extra rest before the Ilkeston game.

“They’ll obviously be playing on the 28th so maybe that will give us a bit of an advantage.

“It’s important we try and pick up as many wins as we can over the next few games.

“Christmas is always an important period.

“We’ve got ourselves in a good position and we just need to hang in there now and cement ourselves in the top four or five spots.”