Bulls in eleventh heaven

FOUR GOALS -- Bulwell striker Conor Carter
FOUR GOALS -- Bulwell striker Conor Carter

Two players helped themselves to four goals each as BULWELL ran riot in the Second Round of the Notts Senior League’s Senior Cup.

In a tie delayed for three months for various reasons, reigning Senior Division champions and cup holders Bulwell showed no mercy on underdogs Underwood Villa.

While The Bulls continue to call the tune at the head of the top flight, Villa are struggling near the foot of the division below them.

And although the home side battled to the bitter end, the gulf in class was written all over the 11-0 scoreline.

The win was achieved without top scorer Scott Litchfield, who spent most of the game on the substitutes’ bench, and without chief manager Terry Wiotts, who was ill.

Jamie Walker and Conor Carter were the four-goal marksmen spearheading the rout, with the former opening the scoring in the ninth minute after a neat one-two with the latter.

Villa were dazzled by the speed of Bulwell’s play and after chasing shadow after shadow on a boggy pitch, they found themselves five down by the 30th minute.

Carter netted his first goal from a Jamie Moore through ball and he struck again with a tap-in after Walker’s effort had been parried by the ‘keeper.

He showed a typical striker’s instincts to complete his treble. And by the time the Villa full-back had volleyed a ‘wonder’ own goal into the top corner of the net, the tie was clearly a case of men against boys.

Walker knocked home the sixth goal in the 34th minute and two more followed before the interval, leaving Bulwell goalkeeper Jamie Wheat time for a cup of tea at the other end!

First Allan Jeffries lobbed the goalie from 25 yards and then Carter bent an effort into the bottom corner to make it 8-0 at the end of a remarkable first 45 minutes.

Bulwell could afford to make a couple of changes early in the second period, including the welcome introduction of experienced midfielder Neil Wilkinson for Josh Niblett.

They freshened things up and Wilkinson produced a pinpoint ball for Walker to latch on to and finalise his hat-trick.

Three minutes later, another sub, Litchfield, marked his arrival with the tenth goal. And the double-figure stroll in the park was wrapped up by Walker, who headed home a Carter cross.

BULWELL LINE-UP -- Wheat/ Ward, McCaughey, Knight, Soar D., Moore, King, Niblett J., Carter C., Jeffries, Walker. Subs: Murdock C., Litchfield (for Jeffries 57), Wilkinson N. (for Niblett 57).