Buxton boss Martin McIntosh eyes up a happy new year

Martin McIntosh.
Martin McIntosh.

Martin McIntosh is predicting a year to remember for the Bucks in 2015.

The Silverlands chief has been pleased with his side so far this season and hopes the team can maintain their form going into the crucial part of the campaign.

Buxton rounded off the calendar year with an impressive 3-2 win over Matlock on Boxing Day, having come from 2-0 down against their local rivals.

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McIntosh says the win highlighted the determination of his squad, which he says is the best Silverlands team in years.

“2014 was a bit of an up-and-down year for us,” McIntosh told the Advertiser.

“But if you’d have said to me that we’d go into the new year in second place, then I’d certainly have taken that.

“It’s exciting times for the club.

“I think that in terms of the last few years, this is certainly the best Buxton side.

“It’s as good as it’s been for our fans and I can’t complain at all.

“The players have been magnificent and the supporters have been first class.

“Even when we were 2-0 down against Matlock, they still encouraged us and spurred us on.”

McIntosh was delighted at the response his players showed against Matlock, as they ramped up the pressure on leaders Skelmersdale.

A brace from Liam Hardy was followed by the winner from Mark Reed, who made a big impact as a half-time substitute.

“We never got going in that first half against Matlock,” McIntosh said.

“They scored two goals and credit to them.

“We didn’t really click and a lot was said at half-time.

“I didn’t think we were playing at the level we’re capable of but the response in the second half was brilliant.

“Reedy came on and showed he’s over his injuries.

“We played at an intensity that Matlock just couldn’t handle.”

The Bucks travel to Ilkeston on New Year’s Day (3pm) for a mouth-watering derby clash at the New Manor Ground.

Buxton then return to the Silverlands to host Stamford on Saturday (January 3).

The Robins go into Thursday’s clash on a ten-game unbeaten run and McIntosh is predicting a close contest to open up the new year.

He added: “I can’t wait for the Ilkeston game.

“Obviously it’s not going to decide anything.

“They’re on a winning run but they’ve got to lose sometime.

“We’re on a good run ourselves though.

“We’ve got two games in 48 hours but it doesn’t concern me because we’re on a real high at the moment.”

McIntosh will make a late check on Alastair Taylor (groin) ahead of the Ilkeston trip.

Neil Stevens will be involved before he starts a two-game suspension.

McIntosh says he is in negotiations to bring in a new player, hopefully before the weekend.