The 100% record of BULWELL was tested to the limit before they scrambled into the semi-finals of the Notts Senior League’s Senior Cup.
In a midweek tie against First Division tabletoppers Beeston AFC, Senior Division champions Bulwell had to endure a series of scares before emerging with a 2-1 victory.
Now they face Kimberley Miners Welfare in a semi due to be played at the neutral venue of Hucknall Rolls Leisure tomorrow (Saturday).
Despite parading a new signing in experienced midfielder Nick Hawkins, The Bulls produced a below-par performance in the first half.
Yes, they took a 16th minute lead when Jamie Walker supplied an excellent ball for Jamie Moore, who coolly slotted into the bottom corner.
But it was against the run of play, and plucky Beeston equalised only nine minutes later when Jamie McKeever broke free to tuck a shot past ‘keeper Jamie Wheat for a goal against his former club.
The visitors, who went into the tie on the back of 16 straight wins, looked a highly accomplished side and caused plenty of problems with their balls over the top.
Bulwell had to regroup. But man-of-the-match Ryan King took command, and they dominated the second period.
Managers Terry Witts, Steve Osborne and Ian Lowe earned their crust with an inspired substitution that led to the 69th minute winner.On went Allan Jeffries, who rose majestically to plant a far-post header.
Even then, Beeston refused to buckle and had a late chance cleared off the line.
BULWELL LINE-UP -- Wheat/ Ward, Murdock, Knight, Soar, Moore, King, Hawkins, Litchfield, Carter C., Walker. Subs: Jeffries (for Litchfield 67), Niblett J. (for Hawkins 45), Vipond (for Ward 58) .