Bogey team Swanwick Pentrich Road sentenced BULWELL to their second disappointing draw of the Christmas programme in the Central Midlands League’s South Division last Saturday.
Two days after being held by Hucknall Town, the tabletopping Bulls were locked in goalless stalemate at home to Swanwick.
And it was the THIRD time this season they have failed to beat the stubborn Derbyshire outfit, having drawn 1-1 in their initial league clash before losing 1-0 to them in the league cup.
Bulwell were without influential Belgian Emmanuel Kashila-Kanyinda, who pulled up in the warm-up with a recurrence of an old groin-injury.
But they should still have possessed enough in their locker to dispose of a Swanwick team who had only 11 players available.
Now, with midfielder Marek Vipond also picking up a calf injury, The Bulls are looking to strengthen the squad with a couple of new signings to boost their title challenge.
And they will be keen to have them in before this Saturday when they face a crunch clash against second-placed Bilborough Pelican, who remain five points behind but have two games in hand.
The Swans set up with a defensive outlook that reduced the locals to big hoofs upfield for lone striker Conor Carter in a poor first half.
Bulwell did create more chances after the break, with Ako Abdullah, Carter, Ian Marley and substitute Scott Litchfield going close.
But it was still dreary stuff for the small crowd, and Swanwick might have pinched it at the other end without the efforts of captain Dwayne Soar, who desperately tried to rally his troops.
One scare came when recalled goalkeeper James Wheat tried to clear a standard backpass, only to knock the ball straight at a visiting forward!