McIntosh: We’ve got 14 cup finals to play

Martin McIntosh
Martin McIntosh

NEW BOSS Martin McIntosh says every one of Buxton Football Club’s remaining 14 league fixtures will be treated as cup finals.

McIntosh takes charge of his first league game for the struggling Bucks on Saturday when Kendal Town are the visitors to the Silverlands (kick-off 3pm), with the Scotsman bidding to transform the fortunes of a club which sits five points adrift of safety having won only one of its last 17 Evo-Stik Premier Division fixtures.

Buxton haven’t played a league game since the 3-1 defeat at the hands of Rushall Olympic at the end of last month, a result which cost Scott Maxfield his job, but the enforced break due to the recent icy blast has allowed McIntosh time to assess his new players and oversee his first two training sessions last week.

“I’ve had the players for two sessions and they have worked extremely hard and shown a great attitude,” explained the former Worksop Town boss, who took charge of the Bucks for Wednesday night’s Derbyshire Senior Cup semi-final win over Mickleover Sports.

“Our numbers are quite thin on the ground, and there are certain areas that we might need strengthening, so that is something I will be looking at, and we will see whether we can address that before the weekend, or next week.

“We have won only one of our last 17 league games. Clearly that’s why we are in this position, so we want to try and get a win on Saturday, or even a result, under our belts to stop the rot. That would be a great start. We’ve got 14 cup finals to come and every one of them I believe we can get points from.”

Following this weekend’s Kendal game, Buxton head off on the road with trips to teams at either end of the league table. On Saturday February 25, league leaders Chester FC host the Bucks, followed seven days later by a visit to basement side Burscough. Buxton return to the Silverlands on Saturday March 10 to host Ashton United. All three matches kick-off at 3pm.

New dates have also been announced for two outstanding fixtures. The trip to Bradford Park Avenue will take place on Monday March 12 (kick-off 7.45pm), while the home clash with Stafford Rangers has been scheduled for Wednesday April 4 (kick-off 7.45pm).

One player to depart the Silverlands is centre-half Tom Burgin, who is returning to Sweden to resume his full-time career in Scandinavia.

Elsewhere, Buxton’s survival bid received an unexpected boost last week after the Evo-Stik League imposed a three-point deduction on fellow strugglers Mickleover, after they were found guilty by the FA of fielding an ineligible player during their 4-0 win over Bradford last October.

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