Buxton will be stronger for big games against Workington and Bradford Park Avenue

Buxton FC v Radcliffe Borough (black), Glenn Belezika
Buxton FC v Radcliffe Borough (black), Glenn Belezika

Martin McIntosh’s Buxton will not only take the momentum of a four-game winning streak into Saturday’s game against Workington, but a stronger squad.

The visit to the Silverlands of the top six side will be the Bucks’ first league action since 27th October when they beat Ramsbottom.

That game was the first of a four-game run of victories in the League Cup and FA Trophy.

Last Saturday’s FA Trophy encounter with Bradford Park Avenue was abandoned due to torrential rain, and postponed in midweek, leaving McIntosh’s men fresh for their return to Evo-Stik Premier competition.

He told the Advertiser: “It’s a little bit frustrating (postponements) but we’re trained really well recently, and we had half a game on Saturday so we’re not too badly off.

“The lads are desperate to get going again.

“Before these last four games we had lost three on the trot, and I put that down to having five or sixkey players out, and we won these four with some of them still out.

“We still had three players out for the Avenue game, so we’ll be a much stronger squad on Saturday – it’s maybe not a bad thing that games have been called off.”

Although spirits in the camp are high, Buxton will have to be at their best to come out on top of Saturday’s visitors.

“They got to the play-offs last season, they’re a big club and it will be a tough test,” said McIntosh.

“They’re coming off a win against Ilkeston, but there’s no easy games in this division, they’re all decent sides.”

Once the league game is out of the way, attention will turn once again to the FA Trophy, with the third attempt to play the tie against Bradford Park Avenue next Tuesday.

The abandonment on Saturday, which McIntosh agreed with, at least gave them a chance to size up their National League North opponents.

“I think they shaded the game before it was called off, they looked a bit sharper than us.

“We’ve had a good chance to look at them now though, and that should stand us in good stead.

“We give them respect but we know what to expect.”

Victory would land Buxton £4,000 and a place in the first round proper, and McIntosh believes it could be a huge boost for the club.

“There’s big financial rewards for us and that helps, but it’s also good for the morale of a club.

“We need to do everything we can to get as many fans through the gates as possible.

“You can see what it’s done for North Ferriby United, who won it last year.”