Matt Thornhill has earned praise from Buxton manager Martin McIntosh, after the midfielder’s impressive performances in recent weeks.
Thornhill, who joined the Bucks just over a year ago, put in another good showing during last weekend’s 3-0 win over Barwell when he registered his fourth goal of the season.
The former Nottingham Forest man, 25, has been a regular starter in the midfield since September and McIntosh says his performances have repaid the faith that the club put in him.
He said: “Matt’s got really good ability and he’s been consistently good for us. But we’ve also been good for him.
“When he arrived he was in limbo because we brought him in and got him fit and we were the only club willing to give him that chance at the time.
“This is probably the longest period since he’s been with us, where he’s getting 90 minutes regularly after his injury worries in the past.
“We’ve given him a chance and he’s now repaying us with his performances.”
Thornhill and his teammates face a stiff test this weekend, when they travel to a resurgent Witton Albion on Saturday.
Albion have lost just one of their last nine league matches, form which belies their current league position of 18th - just three points above the relegation zone.
Despite that, McIntosh still believes his team are in for a tough test.
He added: “Witton have picked up some good wins lately so it won’t be an easy game going there.
“They’ve strung together some good results so it will be tough for us but we’ve got the third best defensive record in the division.
“If we can be positive and build on that, then hopefully we can keep our own good run going.”
Just 48 hours after the trip to Witton, Buxton travel to New Mills for the third round Derbyshire Cup tie.