It was scrappy, windy and far from pretty. But BULWELL stretched their unbeaten run to six matches to move only three points behind the leaders in the Central Midlands League’s (CML) South Division.
The Bulls’ home game against struggling Holbrook St Michael’s was one of only four fixtures to go ahead in the division.
But they took full advantage with a 3-1 victory against a team still searching for their first win of the season after 16 attempts.
And it reinforced the view that Terry Witts, Steve Osborne and Ian Lowe’s team -- Notts Senior League champions for the past two seasons -- have now not only fully acclimatised to their new league, they are also ready to go through with a title challenge.
Bulwell had to wait until the 47th minute to break the deadlock against Holbrook. But it was not for the want of trying because they started brightly and were soon creating chances.
A 20-yarder from Marek Vipond was parried by the ‘keeper before man-of-the-match Ian Marley placed an effort just wide.
Conor Carter and Scott Litchfield also went close, although Holbrook had their moments in a first half dominated by the fierce wind.
The breakthrough goal arrived when Vipond found space at the far post to take a touch and lob the ‘keeper.
It triggered an attacking onslaught by Bulwell at the start of the second half, which soon led to the second goal, driven home low from close range by striker Carter.
All three substitutes were introduced by the home side -- and one of them, Rhys Plackett, made an instant impression as he set up Litchfield for the killer third goal in the 76th minute.
By now, The Bulls were strolling to victory and there was no chance of a repeat of the previous week’s collapse, even though Holbrook, who never gave up the ghost, netted a consolation goal when substitute Lewis Whiting unleashed a 20-yard shot that was deflected past ‘keeper James Wheat.
BULWELL have been drawn at home to divisional rivals Real United in the First Round of the CML Phoenix Trophies Floodlit Cup on Tuesday 19th November.