Adam Buxton insists Stanley’s players are looking forward to the long trip to Devon to take on Exeter this weekend.

The Reds are racking up the miles once again and set off this morning to train in Gloucestershire before heading all the way down the M5.

It’s the sort of journey that could take its toll on the legs but the full back thinks it’s one to relish.

“It’s not really an issue,” he insisted. “You get used to travelling in this division because you do it so much. I don’t mind them. We just look forward to the game on a Saturday, wherever it may be.

“It suits our style of play away from home, when teams come at you a bit more. You can see that from our away record, we’ve been great away from home this season. When teams come at us we know we can counter attack because we’ve got pace all over the pitch. The likes of Crooksy, Shay and Piero can get forward and that suits our game really. We’re a dangerous side and I think that’s why we’ve been so good away from home.”

Buxton returned to the starting eleven for the midweek win over Hartlepool and chipped in with his first goal of the season, a fine free kick from the edge of the box.

Now his aim is to keep his place at St James Park.

“It’s always good to get back in the team when you’ve been out for a long time,” he continued. “You just have to be patient, keep working hard in training and when you get your chance, take it. Luckily enough I got that chance and I thought I took it. It was nice to get a goal as well, I take free kicks every day in training and it was good to see one of them come off.

“A few lads tried to have a word with me before it but there was no real argument about who was taking it. They were never getting the ball off me! Shay McCartan tried to take it but I told him he had no chance of getting the ball off me that close.”

The Reds sit sixth in the League Two table ahead of kick off and Buxton sees no reason why they can’t maintain a promotion push until the end of the season.

“When you’re made favourites for relegation every year you’re not really supposed to think about going up but once we started playing games in pre-season and beating good sides like Burnley the lads started thinking we had a chance,” he concluded.

“Everyone has pulled together, we’re all moving in the same direction and we’ve got such a strong squad. Who knows what could happen. I think we’ve got a great chance.”