Buxton boss eyes top five

BUXTON FC manager Martin McIntosh has set his sights firmly on a place in the Evo-Stik League Premier Division’s top-five after back-to-back victories over high-fliers Witton Albion and North Ferriby United.

The Bucks begin a punishing run of four matches in 11 days over the Christmas and New Year period with a trip to Whitby Town on Saturday, fresh from last weekend’s defeat of league leaders North Ferriby United, when goals from Neil Stevens and the returning Mark Reed gave McIntosh’s men a deserved 2-0 win at the Silverlands.

Speaking after the game, McIntosh said: “I’m delighted with the players. We’ve won the last two games now, but the four previous are still eating away at me because I feel as though three points out of 12 was really disappointing and I thought we should have had nine.

“Today just shows you, we’ve beaten the top of the league team who are spending double our money, and we were well worthy of the win.

“I just think we had more about us, I think we are confident as a team and I really do think we showed more character than them and I think that’s why we won the game.

“It’s a good clean sheet. I thought the defenders were brilliant and Neil Stevens, not only his goal but his workrate, he was quite incredible for us today.”

Another positive for McIntosh was the return from injury of Mark Reed against North Ferriby, making his first appearance since the goalless FA Trophy tie at Grimsby Town, while Kallum Keane and Michael Towey were both among the substitutes on Saturday.

“I’ve got 16 or 17 really honest players and they are doing absolutely fantastic for me and (Scott) Maxfield, but we need to kick on from here and see if we can push for that top-five,” added the manager.

“We’ve got players coming back now and our squad is getting stronger, but this doesn’t mean we are going to rest on our laurels.

“We’ve got Whitby, Stocksbridge and Hednesford coming up, and if we’re capable of beating them (North Ferriby), we are capable of beating anyone.”

Buxton will be without the suspended Kieran Lugsden and Lee Morris for Saturday’s trip to Whitby, after which the Bucks return to the Silverlands to entertain Stocksbridge Park Steels on Boxing Day and Hednesford Town on Saturday December 29, before the New Year’s Day derby at neighbours Matlock Town. All matches kick-off at 3pm.