Buxton boss hails strike pair as the best in the league

Martin McIntosh.
Martin McIntosh.

Martin McIntosh says that his star strike duo are the envy of all other clubs in the division.

Liam Hardy and Shaun Tuton arrived in the summer with reputations as deadly goalscorers.

The duo have certainly lived up to that billing in the early months of their Silverlands careers and have so far bagged 29 goals combined in all competitions.

Both were on target again last Saturday when the Bucks recorded a much-needed 4-1 win at home to Stourbridge.

Tuton opened the scoring to take his league tally to 12, before Hardy struck twice to go top of the division’s scoring charts with 14.

Speaking after Saturday’s morale-boosting victory, boss McIntosh says he and assistant manager Tim Ryan worked hard in the summer to secure the pair and is delighted to have the duo on board.

“I thought they worked really hard today, especially in the first half when I thought they were excellent,” he said.

“I thought they were too hot to handle for Stourbridge’s defence and they got their due rewards. Liam is always a threat. Even when he’s not playing well he’s still liable to score. That’s why he’s the top scorer in the division.

“I’m sure any team in this league would love to have him and Shaun. Tim and I have done our homework over the summer and we’ve got the right players in. They’ve proved to be two of the top four strikers in this division at the halfway stage. We’ve worked hard to get them in here and they’re rewarding us with their performances.”

Both Tuton and Hardy were rested on Tuesday as a below-par Bucks side lost 2-1 at Lincoln United in the Doodson Sport League Cup second round.

lThis Saturday league duties resume with a difficult trip to seventh-placed Barwell.