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McIntosh not disheartened despite defeat at Ashton

Goalkeeper Matt Glennon has signed on loan from Halifax Town and made his debut at Ashton on Saturday.
Goalkeeper Matt Glennon has signed on loan from Halifax Town and made his debut at Ashton on Saturday.

Martin McIntosh was keen to accentuate the positives this week despite Buxton beginning 2016 with a defeat.

The 3-1 reverse at Ashton United ended a run of four straight wins in the league for the Bucks and in turn saw the hosts record their eighth league victory in a row.

But whilst boss McIntosh was naturally disappointed to lose the game, he took heart from the Bucks’ display overall.

He said: “On balance, I think 3-1 flattered them a bit.

“We didn’t defend two corners well at all which is unlike us, then there was an incredible free-kick too which you can’t do much about.

“I don’t think we played a poor game and it’s one of those where you have to take the positives out of the performance rather than dwell on the result.

“We created lots of good chances and openings and on another day we’d probably have won the game. We were the better team before they scored.

“But credit to Ashton, they took their chances and continued what is a fantastic run they’re currently on.”

Buxton were denied the chance to quickly bounce back from that defeat on Tuesday as their Integro Doodson Sport Cup second round clash at Stamford fell victim to a waterlogged pitch. The match has been rescheduled for next Tuesday (12th) at 7.45pm.

McIntosh said: “Ideally you want to get these games played as we have a lot coming up but there’s nothing you can do about the weather. We had a good training session on Tuesday night instead so it wasn’t a total loss.”

Weather permitting, Buxton will host Pinxton in the Derbyshire Senior Cup tonight (Thursday), before returning to league action at Frickley Athletic on Saturday.

The Yorkshire side are enjoying a more fruitful season than usual although lost 2-0 at home to Rushall Olympic on Saturday in what was their first defeat in four league games.

They sit 14th in the table but are 13 points clear of a relegation zone they have frequently found themselves in over recent seasons.

McIntosh said: “Credit has to go to their manager Karl Rose as he’s done a great job this year. It’s always a difficult place to go and on their day Frickley can beat anyone as they have some very good players.

“But for us it’s all about trying to get back to winning ways following last week’s defeat and I’m confident we can do that.”

Meanwhile, McIntosh brought in experienced goalkeeper Matt Glennon on loan from Halifax Town last week following an injury to first-choice goalkeeper Phil Barnes.

Glennon, 37, has vast experience with the likes of Carlisle, Huddersfield, Stockport County and latterly Halifax as they’ve progressed back up the non-league ladder.

McIntosh said: “I played with Matt at Huddersfield and we’ve kept in touch since then.

“It shows his professionalism that he’s willing to drop down to our level to help us out and he’ll provide great cover for Phil who we think might be out for at least another couple of weeks with a shoulder injury.

“Myles Wright came in and did a fantastic job at Nantwich but he’s only 19 and is very much one I see us bringing through for the future, so I don’t want to put too much pressure on him just yet.”