BUOYANT BULWELL fancy their chances of pulling off a tremendous treble after making it 16 games unbeaten in all competitions.
A 4-1 victory away to underdogs Underwood Villa eased Bulwell into the Second Round of the Notts Senior League’s Senior Cup.
And with The Bulls pressing hard for the Senior Division title and already through to the quarter-finals of the Notts FA Intermediate County Cup, it’s little wonder they’re thinking big in their first season under new managers Steve Osborne and Terry Witts.
They have been drawn away to divisional rivals, Awsworth Villa, in the county cup, to be played on February 4.
And while they were disposing of Underwood, their title chances were boosted by news of two dropped points by current leaders FC Cavaliers, who were held to a 1-1 draw at Attenborough.
Bulwell’s league cup opponents sit halfway down the division below, so it was no surprise to see the locals camped in their half for most of the tie.
However The Bulls had to endure one or two scares before progressing. Never more so than in the opening minutes when slack play by captain Dwayne Soar led to a bizarre Underwood effort that rattled the bar after goalkeeper Jamie Wheat’s clearance had rebounded off the midriff of a home striker.
At the other end, Robbie England squandered a one-on-one, man-of-the-match Soar saw a header cleared off the line and centre-back Jay Knight headed wide from only seven yards when in acres of space.
But the opening goal finally arrived in the 27th minute when Jamie Moore broke free from midfield and provided a pinpoint through-ball for England, who coolly slotted under the advancing ‘keeper.
In the second half, Bulwell continued where they left off, playing some slick and quick passing football — and Connor Carter pulled a terrific save from the goalie before supplying the cross for Ryan King to head home the second goal from 12 yards.
Rejuvenated striker Carter struck himself moments later to cap another superb all-round performance.
And although Underwood scored a goal of their own on 71 — substitute Ryan Bromyard unleasing a wonder strike from 22 yards into the top corner — Bulwell had the last word.
Moore saw an effort parried on to a post before sub Jamie Carter picked the ball up 40 yards from goal and advanced before finding the bottom corner from just outside the box six minutes from time.
BULWELL LINE-UP — Wheat/ Ward, Walker J., Knight, Soar D., Keetley, King, Moore, England, Carter C., Horder. Subs: Carter J. (for Keetley 45), Martin A. (for Ward 45).