Martin McIntosh believes an FA Cup run could be ‘huge’ for Buxton this season, with the potential to not only boost club coffers but attract new supporters.
The Scot led his men to a 2-1 win at home to Ramsbottom on Saturday, and although he wasn’t overly pleased with the performance, he was delighted to book a place in the second qualifying round.
Speaking after Buxton were drawn away to Armthorpe Welfare of the NCEL Premier, McIntosh said: “The FA Cup is huge for a club like ourselves.
“If you progress you can get a lot of fans back interested, and our attendances haven’t been great.
“I think if we can get through the next round and get a good draw, then a lot of fans might come back.
“You look at Blyth last year, playing against Birmingham, they probably attracted quite a few new followers and look at them now, doing well in the league, bigger crowds.
“With the financial rewards it can bring, these things can snowball.”
Although the Bucks’ next opponents ply their trade two divisions below the Evo-Stik Premier, McIntosh is taking nothing for granted.
“They could be a banana skin, it’s not a game we can afford to take lightly,” he said.
“They’ve beaten AFC Liverpool and scored four goals away from home, and when we played them in pre-season we beat them 1-0 in a tight game.
“We’ll give them the respect due, and it’s an away game, we’ll be taking it seriously.”
Third place Buxton travel to midtable Mickleover Sports on Saturday, and the team – boosted by the return from suspension of Ali Taylor and the likely recovery from injury of Greg Young – will have a warning from the gaffer ringing in their ears.
“If we play like we did last Saturday we won’t win this game.
“I’ve told the players it wasn’t as good as it should have been.
“It’s a good sign winning when you’re not playing well, but there’s loads more to come from us.
“We will be stronger with those two coming back, and hopefully we’ll get ourselves right in training and be ready for it.”