Martin McIntosh talks up attacking trio, promises more signings and wants ‘another kick’ at Liverpool legend John Aldridge

Buxton FC v Alfreton (red), Liam Hardy
Buxton FC v Alfreton (red), Liam Hardy

Buxton have put together a trio of hotshots they hope will form a potent attacking force next season.

Joining the already-signed Liam Hardy up front are the returning Brad Barraclough and new signing Ashley Worsfold.

Barraclough, who has twice featured for the Bucks on loan, signed a contract this week having left previous employers Bradford Park Avenue.

And Worsfold, who has played for Harrogate in the Conference North, completed Martin McIntosh’s attacking options.

The manager, who also re-signed winger Alistair Taylor this week, said: “Brad has come here on loan twice and always done very, very well.

“I would be very confident that he will score goals along with Liam Hardy.

“Ashley scored 15 in the Conference North for Harrogate and then last year he suffered a leg break. If we can get him up to speed he’ll score goals too.

“The three of them hopefully will be able to produce the goods.”

The signings are likely to continue this week, ahead of Saturday’s friendly against newly promoted National League North side FC United of Manchester.

McIntosh said: “There will probably be another three coming in by the weekend, certainly two more, and I’m really excited about them.

“I just haven’t got them over the line yet.”

Buxton were beaten 4-0 by Chesterfield in a pre-season fixture last weekend, but will get a more realistic test when FC United visit Silverlands.

“I think they’ve brought in seven new players and strengthend,” said McIntosh.

“We’ve always had terrific games against them over the last four years.

“I was delighted for them going up last year, and they will bring a fantastic support again, which is always an added bonus.”

The action continues on Sunday, when McIntosh himself will pull on his boots again to take on a Liverpool Legends side.

Former Rotherham United star McIntosh is relishing the chance to face the likes of Phil Neal, Jan Molby and Phil Babb.

“It will be a nice occasion for the club.

“Myself my assistant will play in it, and I think a lot of very experienced ex professionals will be playing.

“It’s funny, I was having a look back at some old photos and saw one of me playing against John Aldridge – it will nice to have another kick at him,” he quipped.