Buxton boss says ‘nine or ten teams’ in promotion shake-up

Martin McIntosh.
Martin McIntosh.

Buxton manager Martin McIntosh says this year’s Evo-Stik Premier Division is simply too hard to call.

Buxton are currently third in the standings, and sit just four points behind leaders Skelmersdale with the added bonus of a game in hand.

However, second-placed Curzon Ashton have three games in hand on the leaders while further back fourth-placed Ilkeston have as many as five games still to play.

Given the disjointed feel to the league table, McIntosh is not getting too far ahead as he aims to ensure a top-five finish this season. “I’m not really looking at who’s above us and around us to be honest,” he said. “I think there are nine or ten teams vying for the top five spots this year. Some clubs have a lot of games in hand so it’s hard to tell anything at the minute.”

The Bucks boss was speaking after watching his side record back-to-back league wins after a 2-1 victory at Barwell last weekend.

Goals from Liam Hardy and Greg Young secured the club’s first away win in the league since mid-October and McIntosh was happy to get the job done against a physical outfit.

“Barwell are a physical outfit and we had to stand up to them,” he added.

“I think we created the better chances on the day and to pick up the win against an in-form side was terrific.”

Saturday sees McIntosh’s side host Ashton United at the Silverlands.

Meanwhile, the Bucks’ proposed home game against Whitby Town has now been moved to February 21.

The original date of Sunday December 28 has been scrapped, meaning the Bucks now have no game between the Boxing Day visit of Matlock and the New Year’s Day trip to Ilkeston.