Wilson says Buxton FC are still in hunt for top spot

Buxton's Laurie Wilson.
Buxton's Laurie Wilson.

Laurie Wilson insists that Buxton are still in contention for automatic promotion this season.

Despite trailing leaders Skelmersdale by eight points, Buxton have as many as three games in hand on the current Evo-Stik Premier Division table-toppers.

Buxton's Laurie Wilson.

Buxton's Laurie Wilson.

Midfielder Wilson says that the Bucks need to take advantage of that fact, as well as any blips that the leaders and one of his former sides Ilkeston encounter.

“We’re up near the top because of the way we’ve performed all season,” he told the Advertiser.

“We’ve got a third of the season left and with Skelmersdale and Ilkeston both going through small blips recently, who’s to say we can’t sneak in above them?

“There’s still lots of games to play and lots of points to be won.”

Wilson says that he is pleased with how his own season has gone on a personal level.

The 29-year-old joined Martin McIntosh’s side back in October and has quickly become an integral part of the Bucks’ team, chipping in with three goals so far.

“I’m enjoying myself,” Wilson added.

“I think I’ve done quite well on a personal level this season.

“I was disappointed to have missed the penalty at Whitby last weekend, but we got a result that I fully believe we deserved.”

Wilson was referring to the 1-0 success achieved in North Yorkshire last Saturday.

Shaun Tuton scored the only goal of the encounter, after Wilson’s first-half penalty had been saved.

The result closed the gap on leaders Skelmersdale and ensured that Buxton are just one victory shy of the 16 that they achieved in the whole of the 2013-14 campaign.

Wilson believes that the squad is well-equipped to cope with the rigours of a promotion chase and that the squad possesses plenty of character.

He added: “We’ve got players who have the ability to play at a higher level and we’ve also got plenty of guys with the nous and experience.

“I think we’re in a nice position at the moment and we’ve got real quality within our ranks.”

The Bucks host Ramsbottom on Saturday at the Silverlands.

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