One of the most extraordinary matches of this, or any other, season saw BULWELL toss away a 3-0 lead inside 16 shocking minutes -- but still end up winning!
The Bulls’ Central Midlands League, South Division clash away to Real United was the indeed real deal!
Somehow they found themselves 4-3 down with only seven minutes left. And yet somehow, they pulled the game out of the fire to triumph 5-4 and move up to second place in the table.
Looking to continue their rich vein of form, Bulwell knew they were in for a test because Real had hammered top-of-the-table Clifton All Whites 6-2 the previous Saturday.
And an end-to-end contest proved to be a superb spectacle for all neutral fans.
But by the 47th minute, there appeared to be only one winner because The Bulls had powered into a three-goal lead.
The only goal of the first half came in the 12th minute when a low cross by Richard Saunders was brilliantly anticipated by striker Conor Carter, who got between defender and goalkeeper to net.
Midway through the half, Bulwell lost influential Kurd Ako Abdullah, who picked up a nasty ankle-injury, forcing his side to revert to standard 4-4-2 formation.
But they resisted Real’s offensive style and began the second period like Bulls in a china shop, scoring twice inside two minutes.
First Felix Hogg showed good awareness to nip in and slot past the ‘keeper. And then the same player smashed home an inch-perfect ball over the backline by substitute Scott Litchfield.
It could even have been 4-0 to the rampant visitors but for a goalline clearance to deny Saunders.
However, the manner in which the game changed had to be seen to be believed as Real ran in four goals between the 67th and 83rd minutes.
Marcus Buck scored the first two before a long-range effort from Callum Moss took a slight deflection and nestled in the bottom corner to make it 3-3 on 74 minutes.
By now, the tension in the air was palpable. And when poor defensive play enabled Chris Papp to give Real the lead, Bulwell appeared to have blown it.
But their never-say-die spirit shone through and when they went straight up the other end, Hogg lobbed the ‘keeper to complete his hat-trick and set up a dramatic finale.
As the travelling Bulls fans got more and more excited (most notably Linda Radford, mother of secretary Andy!), an amazing match had one last twist. In a goalmouth scramble, Carter turned to drive home Bulwell’s winner from close range -- and send those fans berserk!
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