As the local derbies come thick and fast, BULWELL won the latest, halting the LINBY COLLIERY WELFARE bandwagon in the Central Midlands League’s South Division on Tuesday night.
The Bulls, still feeling their way under boss George Hulley, completed a 3-2 double over their neighbours, having won by the same scoreline at Church Lane in September.
And not only did it lift them into a share of third place in the table, only six points off second, it also set them up nicely for yet another derby -- this time against Hucknall Rolls Leisure -- on Saturday.
However, Linby left Greenwich Avenue annoyed with themselves for a rare blip in their campaign, which extended their winless run against Bulwell.
They felt they had only themselves to blame after missing several chances, including three before the home side even took the lead in the sixth minute when Tommy Kemp followed up his own initial effort, which was parried by Luca Rocco.
Bulwell were lively going forward, though, with twin strikers Conor Carter and Jake Fisher a handful. And when Carter was upended 20 yards out in the 16th minute, Fisher placed the free-kick low into the corner to make it 2-0.
To their credit, Linby continued to plug way in an exciting first half, and duly halved the deficit when Joe Butler teed up their man-of-the-match Matt Murphy, who cut inside to drive home.
Indeed their slick football could have brought them level by the interval as Ruban Mitchell and Murphy went close, although at the other end, only a fine save by Rocco denied Fisher.
The Bulls’ cutting edge was again decisive in a tense second period as they restored their two-goal cushion in the 53rd minute. Their best player on the night, young Liam Towle, picked the ball up in his own half and linked up neatly with Carter, who slotted home a superb effort from 12 yards.
Linby still gave their all and after Butler had hit a post, he bagged an 87th minute consolation with a terrific left-foot curler from 20 yards.
LINE-UP -- BULWELL (4-4-2): Simpson/ Hogg, Soar D., Knight, Smeed/ Towle L., Vipond, Chadwick A., Kemp/ Fisher, Carter. SUBS: Nutt, Rocco G., Stone, Wheelhouse.
LINBY (4-4-2): Rocco L./ Frizelle M., Henshaw, Loydall, Coupe/ Mitchell K., Mitchell R., Charles, McDermott/ Butler, Murphy. SUBS: Ryan, Mann, Winfield.