BUXTON FC boss Martin McIntosh praised his players after their battling performance against higher-league Guiseley AFC in the FA Cup Fourth Qualifying Round on Saturday.
There was no fairytale ending for McIntosh’s side as goals in each half from James Walshaw and substitute Nicky Boshell secured the Lions a 2-0 win at Nethermoor Park and a coveted place in the First Round Proper of the Budweiser-sponsored cup competition.
Victory for the Bucks would have seen them reach the First Round for the first time in 50 years.
Speaking after the game, McIntosh said: “I couldn’t fault any of my players today. Everyone put in a good shift and did the club proud.
“Obviously I’m very disappointed we didn’t get a draw, because in the second half I think we asked serious questions of them (Guiseley).
“They are a quality side with quality players, so we always knew it was going to be difficult, but I think if we had had the rub of the green we could have got something from the match.”
Despite the heart-breaking result, the manager was keen to praise the travelling support which had made the trip to West Yorkshire, adding: “Hopefully it will help us get a few more bodies through the gate at the Silverlands.”
The defeat also ended the Bucks’ unbeaten run across all competitions - which had stretched to seven matches ahead of Saturday’s FA Cup showdown.
Buxton return to Evo-Stik League Premier Division action on Wednesday evening with the visit of Worksop Town to the Silverlands (kick-off 7.45pm), before turning their attentions to the FA Trophy tie against North Ferriby United on Saturday (kick-off 3pm).
McIntosh added: “If we win our games in hand (in the league), we will be in a very strong position, and today just shows that we can be more than a match for anyone.”