IT was a case of the landlords versus the tenants at Greenwich Avenue on Saturday as Bulwell took on Basford United in the NFA Senior Cup First Round and beat them 1-0.
The Bulls welcomed back Jay Knight and Allan Jeffries for the tie after serving their suspension, so the Bulls were at full strength.
The Bulls were unlucky not to open the scoring on four minutes with Jay Knight seeing his header go narrowly wide.
Basford didn’t take long to get into their stride with some crisp passing football, leaving the Bulls often chasing shadows.
The game was a frantic one and on ten minutes Basford had a chance which went wide.
Bulwell rallied and began to produce some excellent wing play with King and Walker causing problems.
Walker was again involved on 19 minutes after man of the match Dwayne Soar picked him out and his effort was saved at the near post only for the rebound to fall at his feet and he produced a superb ball for Scott Litchfield to tap in at the far post making it 1-0 to the Bulls and the sizeable crowd was jubilant.
Basford then had a scare with keeper Curtis MacDonald going down with what looked a serious injury and with the landlords not having a recognised keeper on the bench, it looked ominous.
He managed to continue but with a slight pull on his hamstring. Ten minutes before the break the Bulls almost doubled their lead with Ryan King seeing his effort go straight at the keeper.
Basford made three changes at the interval. On came ex-Bulls player Courtney Hastings but his introduction didn’t pay dividends as the Bulls went close to adding a second with Conor Carter having his effort saved.
With fresh legs, the Bulls began to change the game and Jeffries was almost an instant hero when he was through on goal but an excellent challenge denied him. Basford changed to 3-4-3 formation to try and break through but they failed to do so and the final whistle went the rapturous noise rang from loyal Bulwell supporters.
The Basford management were very graceful in defeat and the celebrations went on long into the night with both sets of players/supporters congregating in the Headstocks for a few beers.
Bulwell line-up: Wheat, Murdock, McCaughey (Moore 69), Knight, Soar (c), Keetley, King, Niblett, Litchfield (Vipond 80), Carter (Jeffries 67), Walker. Unused sub: Ward