Buxton boss demanding more

Buxton FC v Frickley, Martin McIntosh
Buxton FC v Frickley, Martin McIntosh

Buxton boss Martin McIntosh is demanding more from his in-form team after Saturday’s thrilling 3-2 FA Cup win over Frickley Athletic.

Despite extending their current run of success, he believes the best is yet to come.

“We have won three on the trot now and we’ve won four out of five, but I still don’t think we are anything near what we should be as a team,” he said.

“I have told the players I still think we can improve - and I think we will improve and be better. So it’s a really good sign we are winning without really hitting top form yet.

“I am not sure if it’s down to new players gelling together or that we’ve had a turbulent time with injuries.

“We had two yet players out on Saturday and we’ve had Liam Hardy suspended and various other injuries. We’ve not really had a settled team.

“So the squad has shown its strength because of this.”

He added: “I’d like to think the performances are going to get better. Don’t get me wrong I don’t want to take away from what the players have done.

“We scored three on Saturday, we scored four against Ashton, we scored two against Halesowen, so I should be happy. But the players know as well that they’ve not played as well as they could have.

“And we are conceding more goals than I’d like.”

On Saturday Buxton twice came from behind before winning it with a Liam Hardy penalty and McIntosh said: “It was a terrific match and Frickley were probably the better side in the first half. The result was maybe a bit harsh on them.

“I thought it was the best Frickley side I have seen for a few years and their manager has done a great job with the players he’s got in.

“They look a real threat and I think they will be up there in their division. So we could see them next year again back in our division.

“We are happy to get through. You’ve seen there are about 12 teams from our division out already, so it was a great result for us.”

The Bucks have drawn Chasetown at home in the next round on Saturday, 16th September.

They have never lost a game with Chasetown, but McIntosh warned: “Frickley were a division below us and Chasetown are the same.

“I thought Frickley were fantastic first half and probably deserved to be in front at half-time.

“Although these teams are a division below us in the league we all know it means absolutely nothing in the cup and we are going to have to perform at our best to get the result we need.”