The stage is set for an epic local derby at Hucknall Town this Saturday -- after Bulwell became the first team this season to beat the leaders in the Central Midlands League’s South Division.
George Hulley’s new-look Bulls pulled off a sensational 4-1 win over Mickleover Royals, who had gone 14 matches without defeat and dropped only two points.
Now they travel to Watnall Road to take on Town in the last of a series of exciting derbies that have re-invigorated domestic football in the Dispatch district.
Bulwell’s triumph lifted them temporarily to within one point of the top (until Mickleover won on Wednesday night), and confirmed that the new management team of Hulley and Ian Lowe, complete with a host of fresh signings, is bedding in nicely.
“Everything is beginning to come to fruition, with some excellent, gutsy performances,” said delighted club secretary Andy Radford.
“We now have players wanting to play for the club again, after such a shaky start due to all the changes that had been made, on and off the field.
“The club now has such a fine balance about it that things can only go one way for us.”
While Bulwell were stunning Mickleover, Town’s own rise towards the top of the table was temporarily halted by a 2-1 defeat away to Pinxton, even though they dominated possession and chances.
However, manager Andy Graves is sure his side can bounce back in this weekend’s derby, which could attract one of the biggest crowds of the season.
“The lads felt they let our supporters down,” said Graves. “But I told them they needed to take all the positives from the game and go into the big one against Bulwell with confidence.”
Also in town this Saturday are reigning champions Clifton All Whites, who take on Hucknall Rolls Leisure.