Tough test for Bucks

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BUXTON Football Club face the tough challenge of breaking newly-promoted Witton Albion’s 20-game unbeaten league run when they visit the Silverlands on Saturday (kick-off 3pm).

Last season’s Evo-Stik Division One North playoff winners Witton haven’t lost an Evo-Stik League game since February, and have scored eight points from a possible 12 since their return to the Premier Division after a three-year absence.

This includes a 1-1 draw against much-fancied FC United of Manchester on Bank Holiday Monday which ended the Red Rebels’ own 100 per cent start.

In comparison, Buxton recovered from last week’s dismal showing against Marine to record back-to-back wins over the Bank Holiday weekend, 2-1 against Whitby Town and 2-0 at Stocksbridge Park Steels.

Buxton manager Martin McIntosh said: “Witton have had a fantastic start to the season and have got good momentum from last season so it will be a tough game, without doubt the hardest of the season so far.

“At home we would fancy ourselves against anyone, but any team that takes points away from FC United has to be seen as a threat, and they gave us a good kicking in the cup last season.” That defeat was a 4-1 reversal in the Doodson Cup back in January.

At Stocksbridge on Bank Holiday Monday, goals in each half from Kallum Keane and Steve Istead earned the Bucks their second win in three days, following on from the 2-1 win over Whitby Town courtesy of goals from Marc Roberts and Mark Reed.

Reflecting on Monday’s result, McIntosh said: “I just thought we were better all over the pitch.

“The defence and the goalkeeper were solid, the midfield the same, and we always looked a threat up front and should have scored more than two goals.

“Our workrate and attitude proved far too much for Stocksbridge, who never really threatened our goal.”

He added: “We had a bad result at home against Marine, but seven points from four games is not a bad start and I think the players have done really well.”

Next Tuesday (September 4, kick-off 7.45pm), Buxton have the chance to avenge last week’s 4-1 defeat when they travel to face Marine.

On the following Saturday (September 8, kick-off 3pm), the Bucks travel to face Quorn in the First Qualifying Round of the FA Cup.

* Former Buxton manager John Reed last week signed his tenth ex-Silverlander in Louis Horne.

The powerful centre-half, who joins Goole from Blue Square Bet North side Vauxhall Motors, made seven appearances for the Bucks after joining from Hinckley United in October 2011.