McIntosh wants his side to ‘Buck’ their ideas up

Bucks' chief Martin McIntosh.
Bucks' chief Martin McIntosh.

Martin McIntosh admits his side are in a rut - and that they need to get back on track if they are to get into the play-offs.

The Buxton boss has said his side need ‘seven or eight wins’ to cement their place in the play-offs after letting a half-time lead slip to draw 1-1 at home to Whitby Town in their last outing.

Buxton failed to capitalise on Ilkeston’s 4-0 defeat at Curzon Ashton and currently sit sixth in the Evo-Stik Premier Division, a point outside the play-offs.

Liam Hardy put the home side in front just before the break but Whitby equalised through Lee Mason in the second half.

McIntosh said afterwards: “We’re still in the hunt with a quarter of the season to go.

“But out of the remaining games, we will need to win seven or eight matches to give ourselves a chance of making the play-offs.

“We need to put a run of wins together and at the moment it’s just not clicking for us.”

McIntosh bemoaned his side’s inconsistency in the game and admitted that the performance was below-par.

He said: “We were good in spells and very poor in others .

“Whitby shaded the first half and overall they kept the ball better than us and we didn’t create enough chances

“But when you’ve got a clinical striker like Liam Hardy who has had two great chances and scores one, we go into the break a little fortunate.

“The second half we only started to play when they (Whitby) scored and then after that it could have gone either way but it wasn’t a great performance.

“I can’t say we deserved to win because Whitby matched us and a point was probably about right in the end.”

The Bucks named two debutants in the 1-1 draw as Rhys Meynell and Craig Nelthorpe, both on loan from Harrogate Town, played the full 90 minutes after joining earlier in the week.

McIntosh says that the pair gave a good account of themselves.

“The two new lads did well in difficult circumstances,” added McIntosh.

“They’re not yet familiar with the players or the pitch and surroundings but I thought they did OK.”

The result stretched the Bucks run to three games without a win and they will hoping to rectify that on Saturday when they make the short trip to rock-bottom Belper this weekend.