McIntosh praises new midfielder

Buxton's Jonathan Williams, pictured during his time at Gainsborough Trinity.
Buxton's Jonathan Williams, pictured during his time at Gainsborough Trinity.

Martin McIntosh, the Buxton manager, has outlined the qualities that Jonathan Williams possesses after confirming the midfielder as the latest addition to his squad.

Williams has signed on at the Silverlands for the upcoming 2014/15 campaign after a number of impressive performances throughout pre-season.

The midfielder departed Conference North side Gainsborough Trinity at the end of last season and McIntosh was quick to swoop for the 22-year old.

He told the Advertiser: “Jonathan’s been at Gainsborough for the last two years and his ability goes without saying.

“He’s in really good physical shape and on the ball he’s very good.

“We want to see him get around the pitch because if he does, then he’ll certainly be an asset to us, especially in dead-ball situations.”

McIntosh hopes that Williams will compliment the other midfielders that have signed up, including Derek Niven, Steve Istead and Neil Stevens.

In total 13 players have so far signed terms for next season, with Stuart Ludlam the latest to agree terms.

Williams is set for a quick return to his old stomping ground on Friday evening when the Bucks visit Gainsborough for a hastily-arranged friendly.

Trinity were left without an opponent after Sheffield Wednesday pulled out earlier this week, prompting the Bucks to jump in as a late replacement.

Kick-off at the Northolme is 7.45pm.

Buxton’s final two friendlies then see them face FC Halifax (August 2) and Leek Town (August 9), both at home.

They have so far beaten Macclesfield (4-3), drawn with Chesterfield and Stockport (both 1-1) and lost to Altrincham (0-1).

Their opening league fixture is at home to Nantwich on August 16.

Meanwhile, the Bucks have been drawn away to Prescot Cables in the first round of the Doodson Sports League Challenge Cup, scheduled for Tuesday November 11.