Eight-goal charge of Bulls brigade

Michael Banister (left)
Michael Banister (left)

STUNG by criticism from their new managers, Bulwell got down to business in the latest Notts Senior League, Senior Division match.

Inspired by a first-half hat-trick from Michael Banister, The Bulls went on the charge against Magdala Amateurs.

And the 8-1 mauling was the perfect riposte to the disappointment of bosses Steve Osborne and Terry Witts at two defeats in their opening three fixtures.

Terrific passing and flowing football was on show from the off, with Bulwell taking the lead in the 14th minute when new signing Robert England latched on to a fine through ball from Jon Manders to bury the ball high into the Magdala net.

Five minutes later, midfielder Jamie Moore spun on a through ball from Chris Murdock to plant his shot in the corner.

The rest of the half belonged to man-of-the-match Banister, who struck three times inside 20 minutes.

First he made the most of good work by England. Next he volleyed the best goal of the game from the edge of the box after a cross by Moore. And just before the interval, the former Wollaton man completed his treble by finishing a superb move that underlined what a good side Bulwell can be.

At 5-0 up, the contest was all over. But the second half provided much of the same as The Bulls refused to show mercy on their lowly visitors.

Within three minutes, they were awarded a penalty for handball on the line. Not only did Alan Jeffries convert the kick but the offending Magdala defender was also sent off.

Bulwell went on to knock the ball around with ease before adding a seventh goal in the 70th minute when Jeffries lobbed the advancing ‘keeper from outside the box.

Magdala pulled one back with their only real chance at goal — a shot from 20 yards by Tobias Clayton.

But Bulwell responded by going straight up the other end to restore their seven-goal advantage as Manders finished off a centre by Jeffries, who had been set up by a crossfield pass from Jay Knight.

In the dying seconds, it was so nearly nine as full-back Dave Ward had an effort cleared off the line.

The Bulwell side will have harder games this season but, on this form, they will soon be climbing the table.

BULWELL LINE-UP — Wheat/ Ward, Murdock, Soar D., Knight, King, Banister, Moore, England, Manders, Jeffries. Subs: Spencer (Dean), Carter J.