McIntosh wants consistency ahead of Stafford test

Derek Niven is a doubt for the Stafford game on Saturday.
Derek Niven is a doubt for the Stafford game on Saturday.

Buxton manager Martin McIntosh is challenging his players to find a level of consistency as they aim to nip an unwanted record in the bud.

The Bucks have taken just five points from a possible 15 against the division’s five bottom teams this season.

That run has seen them lose to Stocksbridge Park Steels and Stamford, whilst also dropping points against Trafford and rock-bottom Droylsden.

In stark contrast they have recorded wins against top-six sides Skelmersdale, Marine and Blyth Spartans, the latter coming in a 2-1 victory last Saturday.

This weekend however, sees the Bucks face another of the sides struggling at the wrong end of the Evo-Stik Premier Division, when McIntosh’s men travel to second-bottom Stafford Rangers.

Ahead of the trip to Marston Road, the Bucks boss has called for his players to address the poor run of form against sides lower in the table.

He said: “For whatever reason we’ve not done well against the so-called struggling clubs.

“There should be the same motivation as there is when we play against the sides at the top of the league.

“No game can be taken for granted and if the players can get up for games against the top sides then they shouldn’t have a problem getting up for matches against the struggling teams.

“Against Blyth I asked the players to respond from the Trophy loss at Sheffield and they certainly did that.”

In terms of team news, Kieran Lugsden and Derek Niven are doubtful for Saturday, with a knee injury and illness respectively.