Bulls bosses hunt for signings

MAN-OF-THE-MATCH -- Bulwell's Allan Jeffries.
MAN-OF-THE-MATCH -- Bulwell's Allan Jeffries.

ANGRY managers Terry Witts, Ian Lowe and Steve Osborne are looking for new signings after one of the biggest scares of an unblemished season for BULWELL.

The Bulls, who have won every game they’ve contested so far in 2012/13, extended their lead at the top of the Notts Senior League’s Senior Division to 16 points with Magdala Amateurs.

But at 3-2, it was a close shave that didn’t impress the management trio, who now want to make a couple of additions to their jaded squad.

Bulwell have two big quarter-finals coming up -- away to First Division strugglers Underwood Vila in the league cup tomorrow (Saturday) and then at home to Carlton Town in the Notts FA Senior County Cup, which has been re-arranged for Tuesday March 19 at their Greenwich Avenue ground in Basford.

So the managerial triumvirate are keen to make sure there are no slip-ups as their side approach the final weeks of the campaign.

Before last Saturday’s fixture, Witts, Lowe and Osborne even took time out to give their players a brief dressing-down “to restore a few egos”.

However, awful was the only word to describe the first-half display against Magdala, who created a flurry of chances and got behind the normally formidable Bulls backline with alarming regularity.

Only an excellent save by goalkeeper Jamie Wheat, who pushed a 25-yard rocket from Nick Elliott on to the bar, prevented the visitors taking the lead.

It was possibly the worst half of football from Bulwell in two years. So it was somewhat against the run of play that they went in front just a minute before the break when Chris Murdock released leading marksman Scott Litchfield, who drilled a low drive across the ‘keeper.

Changes were made early in the second period, with Litchfield and midfielder Josh Niblett hauled off.

And one of those changes paid immediate dividends as substitute Jamie Walker rose majestically to head home a corner from man-of-the-match Allan Jeffries.

Magdala refused to buckle and went close yet again when Mark Curry burst clear for s shot that beat the advancing Wheat but also rolled agonisingly wide of a post.

So it was nothing more than they deserved when they halved the deficit on 74. This time, when one of several uncharacteristic defensive errors by centre-back Jay Knight enabled Elliott to dispatch a thunderous effort.

And although Bulwell responded when Ryan King slotted home at the far post, the visitors continued to play some neat football.

They even set up a frantic finale when the ever-dangerous Curry pulled another goal back seven minutes from time.

BULWELL LINE-UP -- Wheat/ Murdock C., McCaughey, Knight, Soar D., Marley, King, Niblett J., Litchfield, Jeffries, Carter C. Subs: Moore (for Niblett 54), Walker (for Litchfield 54), Ward (for Murdock 64).

TOMORROW’S cup oppnents, Underwood Villa, have won only four of their 17 games so far this season.