Grimsby Town v Buxton: Bucks boss McIntosh says players aren't daunted by challenge
BUXTON boss Martin McIntosh looked ahead to his Blundell Park return and insisted: My players aren't daunted by facing Grimsby Town.
The Bucks head to North East Lincolnshire on Saturday for a First Round FA Trophy clash.
And despite playing two steps below Town in the non-league pyramid, the Northern Premier League part-timers are confident of causing "one or two problems" for their hosts.
McIntosh spent a month on loan with Graham Rodger's Mariners in 2006, playing four times before an injury crisis at parent club Huddersfield curtailed his stay.
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The Scottish centre-half remained unbeaten in his three outings at home during that spell, and the 41-year-old is aiming to continue that fine form in Cleethorpes.
McIntosh, pictured, told the Telegraph: "I spent a month with Grimsby when I was at Huddersfield, and it's a really good club.
"I loved my time there and almost stayed on longer, but I got called back to Huddersfield.
"I always enjoyed playing at Blundell Park, even playing for visiting teams like Stockport when we were in Division One, as it was then."
He continued: "Saturday is a huge match, and also a very tough match, for us – but one we think we can do well in.
"We've got some good players who we believe can cause Grimsby one or two problems.
"There's all sorts of advantages for them and disadvantages for us. But we'll go there with a positive attitude and see what happens. All the pressure's on them.
"We only get to train with the players a couple of times a week and sometimes there's no training at all if we've got a lot of games on.
"You can only do so much when you're a part-time club, but we're not going to make any excuses.
"We've got players who have 50 or 100 Football League appearances to their names, and there's only a few who haven't played in the league or Conference.
"So there are lads who have played at a much higher level and they won't be daunted by the challenge."
A 2-0 victory at Stamford saw McIntosh's men through to the first round proper of the competition for the first time in 23 years.
And, in addition to the £4,000 prize money for negotiating the third qualifying round, the Bucks were rewarded with a plum draw.
"We were obviously delighted to draw Grimsby," said McIntosh. "Financially it's very good for the club and I don't think we could have got a bigger draw.
"With it being a regional draw, Grimsby were probably the biggest club we could have landed, so we're thankful for that.
"A lot of the officials at our club were looking at the attendance at Blundell Park last Saturday, and that's something we're very aware of in terms of the gate receipts.
"I think there were 3,700 there, which is a fantastic crowd, and if we could get anything close to that this weekend that would be fantastic."
Even with just the Findus Upper and Pontoon stands open, Saturday's clash will see a far larger crowd than the 202 that watched Buxton draw at Nantwich on Tuesday night.
"We had a league match midweek, so all our focus was that, and we've only turned our attentions to Grimsby since then," added McIntosh, who was a team-mate of Rob Scott and Paul Hurst's at Rotherham United.
"We didn't even speak or think about Grimsby until we'd got that game out of the way.
"Looking at the results, Grimsby must be playing really well at the moment,"
"They're absolutely flying, and Scott and Hurst are doing a very good job there, especially considering they seemed to have a pretty difficult start.
"They've got to grips with things there and have done really well.
"I know a bit about a few of the players at Grimsby but I'll be doing a bit more homework before Saturday."