STAR striker Allan Jeffries limped off injured as title-chasing BULWELL’S run of victories dried up in the Notts Senior League’s Senior Division.
The Bulls’ sequence of eight victories in nine matches under new managers Steve Osborne and Terry Witts had lifted them to second place in the table, with games in hand on leaders FC Cavaliers.
But not only were they held to a 1-1 draw by mid-table Gedling Southbank last Saturday, they also lost Jeffries to a hamstring strain that could keep him out for several weeks.
Jeffries has already scored 21 goals this term, so he will be sorely missed for the big local derby against fellow high-fliers, Linby Colliery Welfare, at Church Lane tomorrow (Saturday).
Bulwell were seeking revenge for a defeat at the hands of Southbank earlier in the campaign. And they had more than enough chances to succeed.
But they lost Jeffries early on and lacked the firepower to upset a weakened but determined Southbank outfit, who did well to shrug off injuries to both their first-choice goalie and also his stand-in.
The first half was stalemate, with the visitors hitting the bar from a glancing header and Jeffries’ replacement, substitute Robbie England, missing a one-on-one that he really should have put away.
Southbank squandered a glorious opening of their own in the closing moments of the half before Bulwell opened the second period wuth a flurry of chances, the best of which was a header by John Manders, from a cross by substitute Daz Spencer, that brought a point-blank save from the second sub ‘keeper.
As The Bulls maintained the pressure, they eventually took the lead when Jay Knight rose to plant a Jamie Moore free-kick. But their joy was shortlived because Southbank soon levelled when goalkeeper Jamie Wheat pulled down a striker to give away a free-kick that was hammered home by Richard Saunders.
More chances followed at both ends before Bulwell suffered another blow when Ryan King was also forced off with an injury.
n BULWELL LINE-UP — Wheat/ Ward, Walker J., Knight, Soar D. (man-of-match), Keetley J., King, Moore, Jeffries, Manders, Gretton S. Subs: England, Carter J., Spencer (Daz).