McIntosh praises the entertaining Bucks

Buxton fc v Nantwich. Buxton manager
Buxton fc v Nantwich. Buxton manager

Buxton boss Martin McIntosh says this year’s side is aiming to entertain fans, as well as put points on the board.

McIntosh believes the squad revamp over the summer has moulded the team into an attacking force that is easy on the eye.

That was certainly the case on Tuesday night, as the Bucks hammered Grantham Town 5-1 at home.

Liam Hardy stole the plaudits with a hat-trick, while there were also goals from centre-half Greg Young and substitute Mark Reed.

Speaking after the win, which made it five games unbeaten for the Bucks, McIntosh believes his current squad of players can combine attractive football with achieving results.

He said: “Last season I’ll admit we didn’t score enough goals and maybe weren’t as attacking as we are this year.

“I’ve tried to rectify that this season and I fully believe we’ve got some good forward players in, the likes of Liam and Shaun Tuton.

“We’ve got a more attacking look to us and we certainly look a lot more entertaining side.”

The midweek win saw the Bucks make it two victories in four days, after they had come away from Marine with a 2-1 success.

Hardy also notched in that triumph, and his treble against Grantham takes him to five goals already.

McIntosh said: “I thought we played extremely well against a big, powerful Grantham side.

“We could have really scored more than five because we hit the post and saw a few saved or cleared off the line.

“There was no bad performance from any of the players, they all put in good shifts.”

McIntosh says the fact that Hardy, Tuton and Reed have all found the net this early on in the season bodes well.

Last season the Bucks hit just 63 goals - the seventh-lowest in the division - but McIntosh is confident that there will be no similar problems this term.

“The fact all of our strikers have scored already is a good sign.

“Even better is that our goals are coming from different sources, such as Jamie Green, Greg and Derek Niven.”

The Bucks travel to Blyth Spartans on Saturday, on what is Non-League Day.

The annual occasion is expected to swell attendances across the country, as there is no Premier League or Championship football taking place.

On Tuesday McIntosh’s men are back at the Silverlands, with Frickley the visitors.