Holiday double gets new-look Bulwell’s season up and running

KNIGHT SHIFT --  defender Jay Knight (4), who scored three of B ulwell's six goals over the Bank Holiday weekend.
KNIGHT SHIFT -- defender Jay Knight (4), who scored three of B ulwell's six goals over the Bank Holiday weekend.

A sticky start to the new season is now but a distant memory after a Bank Holiday weekend double in the Central Midlands League’s South Division for BULWELL.

Under new managers, Ian Lowe and Dwayne Soar, title favourites Bulwell slid to defeat in their opening match.

But a 3-2 victory over Mickleover Royal British Legion last Saturday was followed by a 3-1 win at Blidworth Welfare on Monday to complete a hat-trick of successes inside a week.

Defender Jay Knight and new signing Jake Fisher shared the individual plaudits. For both helped themselves to three goals apiece in the two games.

In the Mickleover match, Knight and Fisher engineered a three-goal blast inside nine minutes, after the previously unbeaten visitors had gone in front.

Daz Rushton it was who flicked the Derbyshire outfit into a 27th minute lead -- and they would have netted another without a superb one-on-one save by James Wheat.

However, seasoned striker Fisher levelled on 61, sending the ‘keeper the wrong way from the penalty spot after being fouled. Seven minutes later, he supplied the cross for Knight to head home from close range. And then Knight struck again, nodding home from 12 yards after good work by man-of-the-match Callum Moss, another new recruit.

Michael Meehan netted a late consolation for Mickleover, but rampant Bulwell, who welcomed back frontman Conor Carter after his eight-match suspension, were more than worth the three points.

They were also the better side at Blidworth. But the never-say-die attitude of the home team went some way towards explaining their unexpectedly decent start to the campaign.

The scoring was opened in the 20th minute by Knight, who headed home from a Felix Hogg corner.

Poor defensive play by Ben Moore gifted Blidworth a 27th minute leveller, which was tucked away by Max Curzon.

However, The Bulls sealed their win with two goals early in the second half, both netted by Fisher.

First, he slotted under the ‘keeper to take full advantage of fine play by midfielder Moss. And then he converted a cross from the right by strike partner Carter .

The man-of-the-match award went to stand-in goalkeeper Matt Simpson, who made two or three crucial saves in the opening period.