Bulls wear Label of future champs

BULLSEYE -- Bulwell bosses Steve Osborne (centre) and Terry Witts (left) celebrate the club's shirt-sponsorship deal with Dave Wheat, of Nottingham Label Company -- DISPIC NHUD11-2858-2
BULLSEYE -- Bulwell bosses Steve Osborne (centre) and Terry Witts (left) celebrate the club's shirt-sponsorship deal with Dave Wheat, of Nottingham Label Company -- DISPIC NHUD11-2858-2
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BUOYANT BULWELL celebrated a new sponsorship deal by marching into second place in the Notts Senior League’s Senior Division.

The Bulls have signed a lucrative deal with Nottingham Label Company, which is based in Arnold.

But the main label Steve Osborne and Terry Witts’s side might soon be wearing is that of champions as they emerge as the chief challengers to unbeaten leaders FC Cavaliers.

This 4-1 win over Selston meant Bulwell are now undefeated in their last eight games, seven of which they have won. And although they trail Cavaliers by six points, they have two games in hand.

It was a solid performance against a strong Selston side, with captain and man-of-the-match Dwayne Soar giving the locals the lead as early as the fifth minute, rising highest to nod home a Jamie Moore free-kick.

Despite good football from both sides, the score remained the same until the interval — although Carl Horder went close for The Bulls, firing just over from the edge of the box.

Horder didn’t have to wait long for his goal as he glanced home a near-post header from Allan Jeffries’ corner two minutes into the second half.

And five minutes later, the points were all but wrapped up as Horder repaid the favour, crossing for top scorer Jeffries to finish.

Selston never gave up and cut the deficit with a 75th minute penalty, converted by Danny Birkin after the ball had hit the arm of the unlucky Jay Knight as he lay on the floor.

But Bulwell restored their three-goal cushion almost immediately as that man Jeffries coolly finished a well-engineered move that featured good work by new signing and impressive debutant Jamie Walker, son of old Scots Grey favourite Ray ‘Casper’ Walker.

Despite the scoreline, the visitors were worthy opponents, only to find The Bulls’ backline at its excellent best.

BULWELL LINE-UP — Wheat/ Gretton S., Ward, Soar D., Knight, Horder, Ketley J., Moore, Manders, Jeffries, King. Subs: Spencer (Dean), Walker J., England.