McIntosh wants to keep good run going

Buxton manager Martin McIntosh.
Buxton manager Martin McIntosh.

Martin McIntosh says he wants a strong finish to the season after a recent upturn in results.

The Buxton manager saw his side draw 1-1 at Nantwich Town on Tuesday night to extend their run to one defeat in eight games.

Speaking ahead of Saturday’s visit of relegation-threatened Stafford, McIntosh says he wants the team to push up the table during the remaining eight matches.

McIntosh said: “We want to finish as high up in the table as possible because it’s important we have a target to play for.

“Stafford are down there struggling but it’s going to be tough for us.

“We need to put on a good show, similar to how we’ve been playing at the Silverlands recently.”

The Bucks continued their good form at home last Saturday with a terrific 3-1 victory over Grantham - despite seeing Ash Palmer sent off before the break.

They followed that up with Tuesday’s point in Cheshire, but McIntosh was left counting the cost of a well-earned result.

Goalkeeper Andy Warrington sustained a facial injury and McIntosh is hopeful the veteran stopper will be okay for Saturday.

He said: “Andy got a really bad knock to the head. I think a Nantwich player caught him with his boot and that gave Andy a couple of really bad cuts.

“He went to casualty where they glued it together, as opposed to stitches.

“He told me that he’s feeling positive for Saturday, but we’ll have to wait and see.”

McIntosh also had words of praise for the club’s youth contingent after handing striker James Handley a senior debut on Tuesday.

The 16-year-old was brought into the squad after Lee Morris and Matt Thornhill were ruled out, with the youngster coming on as a late sub.

McIntosh added: “It’s important to bring on local talent and James is extremely talented to say he is just 16.

“He did ever so well when he came on.”

McIntosh says there is unlikely to be any movement within the club before the non-league transfer window closes today (Thursday) at 5pm.

Earlier this week Spencer Harris departed the club.

The defender was released, making him free to join Skrill North outfit Bradford Park Avenue.