Buoyant BULWELL celebrated news that they have been accepted as an FA Adult Charter Standard club by hitting the top of the Central Midlands League, South Division for the first time.
Club secretary Andy Radford said he was “over the moon” that The Bulls have been accredited with the Charter, which is a kitemark that recognises and rewards high-quality levels of provision.
“It means all our hard work to drive the club forward, both on and off the field, has paid off,” said Radford. “The future of the club looks very promising indeed.”
The league table certainly loooks promising after a 2-0 victory over Southwell City lifted them three points clear of their rivals.
It was their NINTH win on the trot and ended a run of 11 games without defeat for fast-improving Southwelll.
Welcoming back defender Ben Moore from suspension, Bulwell started like a house on fire, forcing visiting ‘keeper Alex Smith into two fine saves.
Southwell couldn’t contain The Bulls’ free-flowing football, with Jay Knight enjoying one of his better games and striker Conor Carter leading the line well. And the only surprise was that it took 54 minutes to open the scoring.
Belgian midfielder Emmanuel Kashida-Kanyinda was the man to unlock the Southwell defence, latching on to a ball from Marek Vipond and coolly slotting past the ‘keeper from 12 yards.
Manu’s goal celebration, a one-fingered salute, wasn’t much to be desired. But Bulwell’s second goal certainly was because it was a sensational strike by Carter, who lit up the ground with a half-volley smashed over Smith from wide on the right.
Southwell did have a glorious chance to halve the deficit when Knight fell while tracking back, allowing striker Steff Whitley a free shot on goal. But a poor effort was easily mopped up by covering defender Moore.
From then on, the game petered out before boisterous scenes in the changing rooms afterwards when The Bulls were only too pleased to let everyone within earshot know that they were top of the league!
Sadly, Knight didn’t even open the champagne he won for the man-of-the-match award, while secretary Radford’s day to remember ended in mystery as he found a pair of pink pants in the kitbag -- for the third time!