McIntosh: “We’ve got the bottle”

Buxton FC Martin McIntosh
Buxton FC Martin McIntosh

Martin McIntosh insists the recent squad revamp has helped give the Bucks some much-needed confidence.

Silverlands chief McIntosh has brought in six players over the past few weeks and has also seen first-team regulars Grant Black and Spencer Harris leave for pastures new.

The bold recruitment method, especially given the side’s run of consecutive defeats, paid dividends during last weekend’s 1-0 win at Blyth Spartans when Alastair Taylor scored the winner.

Four of the new signings started on Saturday, with Taylor coming off the bench to grab the only goal, and McIntosh insists the refreshed squad is aiming to go on an improved run of results after their nightmare start to 2014.

McIntosh told the Advertiser: “All the players that I brought in have had really good starts.

“It’s been a bit of a turnaround bringing six in and losing a couple, but I feel we needed a shake-up.

“Results weren’t going our way and I had to try to do something to change that.

“They’ve all been terrific and they’ve shown encouraging signs so it would be nice to now go on a run of good results.”

Saturday sees the Bucks head to in-form Rushall Olympic, who recorded a win at league leaders Chorley on Tuesday.

McIntosh will be hoping to gain revenge for the 2-1 defeat at the Silverlands in January, when the visitors came from behind to snatch victory.

McIntosh said: “Rushall are a good club and you’d expect them to be up there come the end of the season.

“They gave us a tough game when we played them last and they have some big-name players, so we’re well aware of how hard it will be down there.

“It’s been a similar scenario for us all season really, where we just haven’t scored enough goals.

“We need to start being more prolific and taking our chances.”

Meanwhile, McIntosh has rubbished rumours that long-serving defender Neil Stevens was on the verge of joining John Reed’s Ossett Town.

Stevens was linked with a reunion with former Buxton boss Reed, who took up the reins at Town last week, but McIntosh responded saying: “There’s been interest in Neil from clubs, but for the time being he is still very much a Buxton player.”

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