Buxton manager wants Silverlands to become a fortress

Buxton manager Martin McIntosh -Pic by: Richard Parkes
Buxton manager Martin McIntosh -Pic by: Richard Parkes

Buxton boss Martin McIntosh wants his men to rediscover their early-season form as they embark upon a busy period.

The Bucks’ draw with King’s Lynn in midweek stretched their run to just one win in the last seven league outings.

McIntosh says that his side needs to string together victories over the next batch of fixtures if they are to remain on the coat-tails of leaders Skelmersdale.

Buxton won nine consecutive games in all competitions in September as they reached the higher echelons of the Evo-Stik Premier Division.

They now have three home games coming up, starting with Workington Town on Saturday and McIntosh has stressed the need for a return to winning ways as they aim to cut the current ten-point deficit between themselves and Skem.

“It’s important that we now capitalise on these three home games,” McIntosh said.

“We’ve been a little bit bitty over the last five or six matches and it’s because of our winning run earlier in the season that we’re still up in second.

“We’re in a decent position but it’s a long, long season.

“We just need to get going again.

“It was a tough match for us against King’s Lynn.

“They didn’t create too many chances but they made it difficult for us.

“I’d have been happy if you’d said to me that we’d take four points from six against them this season.

“But, having gone in front, it was disappointing not to hold on for the win.”

The Bucks exited the FA Trophy last Saturday after a 2-0 loss at FC United of Manchester.

Despite bowing out of the competition, McIntosh insists his side are well-equipped to continue their league charge.

He added: “No team at this level can do well in every single competition.

“We’ve all got relatively small squads but I’ve been lucky that I’ve been able to reinforce it.

“We brought in Leigh Franks and Tom Corner on loan and although they were unavailable for the Trophy game, we had a squad of 18 to choose from against King’s Lynn.

“The board gave me the chance to bolster the squad and I now have the ability to rotate players around.”

Workington’s visit is followed by the re-arranged game against Witton Albion (November 25) and then a first-ever game against Stourbridge (November 29).

Meanwhile, Buxton have been handed away draws in both the Doodson Sport League Cup and Derbyshire Senior Cup.

The Bucks will travel to Division One North side Lincoln United in the League Cup second round on Tuesday December 2.

Then, a week later (December 9) McIntosh’s side make the short journey to local rivals Matlock Town in the third round of the county cup.