The bold bid by BULWELL to grab the runners-up spot in the Central Midlands League’s South Division perished on Wednesday night with defeat in their last match of the season.
The Bulls went down 3-1 away to league champions Mickleover Royals and will now finish either third or fourth with 16 fewer points from four fewer games than last term.
However, they will still be the highest placed of the four Dispatch district clubs. And managers George Hulley and Ian Lowe are still pleased with their young team’s efforts and feel they are sure to improve. For instance, the average age of the team at Mickleover was only 20 after a whole host of players dropped out for various reasons, with skipper Dwayne Soar forced to play in goal!
The champions had the game under control after goals in the first 18 minutes by Daniel Martin, who headed in from a free-kick, and Kirk Francis, who got a lucky rebound after Soar had saved his first attempt.
Steven O’Connell was allowed a free header for number three before substitute Kyle Nutt pulled one back with a neat chip on 71.
BULWELL LINE-UP (4-5-1) -- Soar/ De Pina, Saunders, Wheelhouse, Whitehead/ Chadwick D., Towle L., Chadwick A., Deavin, Harrison/ Carter. SUBS: Nutt, Attenborough, Roberts, Kemp.