Bucks looking for a derby-day boost

Ash Palmer gets in a block on Ilkeston's Gary Ricketts.
Ash Palmer gets in a block on Ilkeston's Gary Ricketts.

Buxton head to local rivals Ilkeston on Saturday, hoping that they are not set to be dragged into an end-of-season relegation dogfight.

The Bucks fell to a 2-1 defeat at home to Trafford last weekend, despite leading up until the hour mark.

With Droylsden already relegated and Stocksbridge and Stafford set to join them, there is just one undecided place in the dropzone.

McIntosh recently stated that his side had to do all they could to ensure their Evo-Stik Premier Division status remained intact.

He said: “At the start of the season your aim has to be to first and foremost stay in the league.

“That’s what we need to do now. Just get enough points to remain in this division and then push on.”

Ilkeston boss Kevin Wilson has stoked the fires ahead of the clash at the New Manor Ground.

He said: “They’re in a bit of a bad run and not far outside the relegation places so will be fighting for their lives on Saturday and we have to be ready for that.”

Winger Alastair Taylor has returned to Alfreton after his loan spell ended.