A RED card in the opening minutes helped smooth the passage into the next round of the Notts FA Intermediate County Cup for high-flying Bulwell.
Notts Senior League title-chasers Bulwell, who have now won eight of their last nine matches, were pitted against Kashmir, of the Notts Amateur League’s Premier Division.
But after a lively start, Kashmir’s centre-forward got himself sent off for kicking out at Bulls’ skipper Dwayne Soar.
Unfazed by the drama, the locals went on to take the lead straight away as John Manders made good use of a ball he had originally miskicked and crossed to tee up a rare goal from full-back Dave ‘Nookie’ Ward.
Kashmir responded by bringing a terrific save from home ‘keeper Jamie Wheat. But The Bulls were soon two up as Jamie Carter sent a lovely, weighted crossfield pass to Ryan King, who supplied the cross for Allan Jeffries’ 20th goal of the campaign.
Jeffries then hit the bar at the end of good work by Jake Keetley before Bulwell put the tie out of reach in the second period.
Jeffries netted his second with a neat left-foot finish and then Carter engineered a goal for Manders.
The scoring was completed by substitute Robbie England with his first touch before Bulwell took their foot off the pedal and began playing the ball around.
To their credit, ten-man Kashmir never gave up and poked home a late consolation goal in the last couple of minutes.
BULWELL LINE-UP — Wheat J./ Gretton S., Ward, Soar D., Knight, Horder, Keetley J., Carter J., Manders, Jeffries, King. Subs: Moore, Banister, England R.