Halford: Players can show us what they’re made of

Buxton joint-manager Steve Halford wants a strong finish to the season.
Buxton joint-manager Steve Halford wants a strong finish to the season.

Steve Halford has urged Buxton’s players to keep playing for their futures until the end of the season - wherever those futures may be.

The Bucks have been in good form since Halford and joint-manager Paul Phillips took over last month, although suffered a blip with a 2-0 defeat at Rushall Olympic on Tuesday night.

But Halford has again heaped praise on the squad and encouraged them to finish the season strongly.

He said: “The lads deserve all the credit. They’ve now got to show us they want to stay for next season, or if they want to go they’ve got to show potential employers they’re worthy enough.

“As a management team, we’re sizing them up and assessing them, and I think as players they’re doing the same with us and I hope they like what is happening and that they’ll want to stay.

“We want to keep all our best players but inevitably we’ll have some lads will leave so we’ll aim to recruit well when required.”

Halford felt the Bucks were unlucky to lose at Rushall in a game where Joe Maguire was sent off just before half-time.

“I think we actually deserved to win the game if I’m honest,” he said.

“We only had three subs available due to injuries and suspensions so were up against it but we started well, just not able to test the keeper enough.

“We then conceded from a set piece which has become a bit of an achilles heel at the moment, then the red card, which I felt was harsh, did us few favours.

“Even then though we did well in the second-half before the breakaway at the end sealed the game as we pushed for a point.”

Buxton now have four games in seven days as they go to Mickleover on Saturday, then host leaders Altrincham on Tuesday, Nantwich Town on Thursday and relegated Sutton Coldfield on April 21.

Halford said: “It’s tough on the legs but I want the lads to finish as strongly as we can and see where it gets us as you never know in football.”