Martin McIntosh believes the performances his Buxton side gave in the Emirates FA Cup against FC United of Manchester will give them confidence when faced with Bradford Park Avenue in the FA Trophy.
The Bucks progressed comfortably from the second round of the trophy competition at a rain-soaked Silverlands on Saturday, after a 5-1 demolition of Evo-Stik League First Division North side Radcliffe Borough.
Buxton will face National League North side Bradford PA in the third round on November 28 and McIntosh is delighted with the chance for his troops to test themselves once more.
He said: “It’s a fantastic draw for us to be up against a team from that division. It will be a test and one we’re looking forward to at home. They’re a big money spending club and had a great start to the season.”
McIntosh’s men came up against fellow National League North side FC United in October in a third round qualifying tie and their heroic efforts forced a 1-1 draw and a replay at Silverlands a few days later, which they eventually lost 2-0.
And the Bucks’ boss believes the experience will stand them in good stead this time around.
“Bradford have many good players,” he said. “They have a huge budget. But it’s a game for us to enjoy, we will go in to the game with confidence in our own abilities similarly to the FC United games and get a result.” He added: “The game will also see Craig King come back to Silverlands. He was a good player for us and he’ll receive a welcome return.”
Buxton had to wait until the 28th minute against Radcliffe before Niall Doran opened the scoring for the hosts. Fabrice Bemo-Leta soon doubled their advantage before second half goals from Ashley Burbeary, an Omar McKenzie own goal and Liam Hardy, his first since returning from injury, wrapped up the win.
“We performed fantastically well and it was good to see Liam Hardy back for us,” said McIntosh. “He played 60 minutes against Gresley in a mid-week game last week and he has 25 minutes against Radcliffe and looked fine.
“He’s progressing well and it won’t be long before he’s involved consistently again. He’s an important player for us and scores goals so I’m glad to have him back.”
He added: “We were always in control on Saturday and could have scored more goals. We dominated, with all respect, and once we scored I was confident we’d go on and we did.”
But before then the Bucks return to Evo-Stik League Northern Premier Division action against Barwell on Saturday (November 21) at Silverlands in a game expected to go ahead as planned despite heavy rain over the past seven days.
“They are a physical side and very well organised,” said McIntosh. “They are familiar to us and we know what to expect from them. They’re a good side in mid-table like ourselves and always tough to beat, but that is what we will try to do.”