With their status in the Evo-Stik Premier League secure, Buxton Football Club treated fans to a feast of goals at the Silverlands on Tuesday night.
Manager Martin McIntosh was full of praise for his players following their 5-3 victory over Kendal Town - but admitted it might have been a different story had they still needed the points.
“It was very entertaining,” he said. “But due to our position in the league we enjoyed the game more than we may have done if we were in desperate need of the points.
“But I can’t fault the guys they scored five goals and were very worthy winners.”
With the win taking Buxton to 12th in the league with 53 points, 13 points above the relegation places, McIntosh promised there was much more to come from the team.
“It was a great team performance. The four midfielders all played tremendously well and I can’t fault anyone at all,” he said.
“The work rate of the players was just astonishing at times but they have put in the work on the training ground in the last two to three months and I think a lot of teams are struggling to cope with our work rate.”
Although Buxton conceded three goals McIntosh was not too concerned: “I can’t be critical of the players - there were a couple of deflections on two of the goals, I think they carried a bit of luck.”
He highlighted the important role played by keeper Tom Turner, deputising for Scott Hartley who was taken ill before the match.
“Tom Turner was a massive plus for us tonight. I thought he was excellent.
“He came in quite cold,” said McIntosh, “but later on he looked like he had been playing all season.”
Also making his first appearance, as a late second-half substitute, was Jack Bradbury who almost made a dream start.
“He had a good header at the end and I was willing for it to go in,” revealed McIntosh.
“We have a lot going for us. Mark Reed has really shown his quality again tonight.
“As a pair I have to give Kieran (Lugsden) so much credit for the goals Mark scored. As a pair together they are very difficult to play against.”
And the good news for Buxton FC fans is that both McIntosh and his assistant Scott Maxfield are set to sign contracts with the club on Saturday.
“I am delighted to be here, and to hopefully take the club forward,” McIntosh added.
“We are really happy about it. Together we are a good partnership along with Charlie and Kay the physio.”