McIntosh pleased with Bucks’ response

Boss Martin McIntosh says he was heartened by Buxton’s response to their dramatic defeat to Marine last Thursday as they overcame Whitby Town at the weekend.

Two penalties in the dying moments of the game saw Marine turn a 2-1 deficit into a 3-2 win at the Silverlands, but barely 48 hours later the Bucks put in a much better display to beat Whitby by the same scoreline.

And although that game also saw Buxton concede a pair of late goals, McIntosh was pleased with the display overall.

He said: “I was very unhappy at the end of the Marine game as the goals we conceded were very poor and some harsh words were said afterwards.

“Credit has to go to Marine as we’d only beaten them a couple of weeks beforehand and they took the game to us and got their rewards for being positive, but we shouldn’t have lost the match.

“We then responded very well against Whitby, which was pleasing given there was such a short space between the games.

“Our first-half display was one of the best we’ve produced for quite some time and we could have got far more goals than the three we scored as their keeper had an outstanding match.

“It was perhaps inevitable we’d tire towards the end which we did and let Whitby in twice, and the pattern of frequently letting in late goals is a worrying one we need to stop, but overall it was a good win.”

Buxton now face two matches against sides who, like themselves, look to have little chance of going up or down at the end of the campaign.

Rushall Olympic are the hosts on Saturday, with Richard Sneekes’ men in eighth place but 13 points outside the play-off zone.

McIntosh will then come up against his former coach at Hibernian, Andy Watson, as Ilkeston head to the Silverlands next Tuesday night having seemingly secured their safety with a 2-1 win over Whitby on Monday.

And although there is little left to play for in terms of honours, McIntosh still wants to finish the season as strongly as possible.

He said: “Fans pay their money and want to see us win so you have to be true to them and to yourself and not be taking your foot off the gas.

“It’s important we perform well as we’ve decisions to make on players ahead of next season. We’ve got a few new faces who have settled in well and there are plenty of points still up for grabs.”