Hat-trick hero Jake Fisher cashed in on a late penalty-miss by Real United to snatch BULWELL a dramatic 3-3 draw in the Central Midlands League’s South Division.
The Bulls had squandered a 2-0 lead to go 3-2 down in a match that had to be switched to Lenton Lane because landlords Basford United had an FA Vase tie at their Greenwich Avenue ground. And when Real were awarded a spot-kick for a foul by Dwayne Soar ten minutes from the end, it looked game over.
However, Tyrell Shannon-Lewis ballooned his shot high over the bar -- a la Chris Waddle in the 1990 World Cup -- and Bulwell grabbed the lifeline by equalising three minutes from the end when Fisher completed a superb treble.
The prolific ex-Hucknall Town hitman had also opened the scoring back in the 16th minute when he coolly chipped the ‘keeper after strike partner Conor Carter had flicked the ball into his path.
Two minutes later, Fisher was denied only by the upright, and although Real were then foiled by the woodwork themselves, Bulwell soon made it 2-0 when a header by Soar found Carter, who again released Fisher to slot under the goalie.
However, it must be said that the home side had played some impressive football of their own. And they duly stormed back to such an extent that they led by the hour mark.
Cashel Walters halved the deficit before the interval, heading home from a corner. And although the visitors lost key player Mario Lopez, who suffered ankle-ligament damage after a clash with his own ‘keeper, it mattered not because his replacement, substitute Marcus Buck equalised three minutes into the second period thanks to good work by Maciek Zboch.
With Bulwell’s midfield going missing, leaving gaps that Real exploited at will, the visitors continued to create the best chances and edged in front through Shannon-Lewis.
Bulls’ boss Ian Lowe sent on subs Ryan King and Lewis Wheelhouse to freshen things up. And they came within a whisker of levelling when an effort by Fisher was blocked and Tommy Kemp’s rebound effort struck a post before bouncing into the ‘keeper’s arms. But few could have predicted the let-off and the finale that was to come.
The draw moved Lowe’s men up to fifth in the table, ten points adrift of leaders Mickleover Royals. Now they entertain Pinxton this coming Saturday before tackling local-derby rivals, Hucknall Rolls Leisure, in the Notts FA Senior County Cup next Tuesday night.