Buxton defender Young targets festive cheer

Matlock Town vs Buxton - Greg Young - Pic By James Williamson
Matlock Town vs Buxton - Greg Young - Pic By James Williamson

Greg Young wants Buxton to enjoy a happy festive period as they look to set the tone for the second half of the campaign.

Centre-half Young believes the Bucks can be confident of being involved in the promotion shake-up come the end of the season.

Buxton currently sit third in the Evo-Stik Premier Division standings and Young believes a strong points return over Christmas will be the perfect foundation for the latter stages of the season.

“I don’t think we can count ourselves out of the title race,” Young said.

“It’s still very much up for grabs because Skelmersdale (leaders) have dropped points recently.

“It’s difficult to say at the moment exactly where we are, because everyone has played a different amount of games.

“So until the league evens itself out, it’s difficult to see where we are.

“Having said that, if we go through the Christmas period and pick up plenty of points then we’ll definitely be in the mix.

“This is an important period for us, starting on Saturday at Nantwich.

“Hopefully there won’t be too many games called off.

“At the moment we’re just shuffling ourselves around on the grid, if you can relate it to a motorsport race.

“We’ve given ourselves a chance and you never know what can happen.

“If we go on a good winning run like we did earlier in the season, then we’ll always give ourselves a chance.”

Regarding his own personal performances, Young is happy with his form since arriving at the Silverlands in the summer.

The 31-year-old has played the majority of his career in the Conference and Conference North, so is well-placed to compare the different tiers.

And despite dropping down to the seventh tier of the footballing pyramid, Young is hopeful that the season finishes with him celebrating a maiden promotion.

“To be honest I didn’t know a great deal about the division,” Young added.

“I had a mate at Worksop last year who told me a bit about the league.

“I don’t think the difference between this and the Conference North is massive.

“The real big step-up is when you get to the Conference Premier, and 60 or 70% of the sides are full-time.

“I think there’s a lot of players in this division with the quality to play higher, and we’ve got some of those.

“When I arrived, it was good to get on board at a team that wants to do well.

“At the start of the season, I felt we could achieve something.

“I’ve never been promoted in my career and I think this might be the season I finally do it.”