Resignation leaves Bulwell’s title bid on a knife-edge

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The championship challenge of BULWELL is dangling on a knife-edge after the sudden resignation of a team lower down the table.

Grantham outfit Barrowby have quit the Central Midlands League’s South Division, even though they are 24 matches into the season.

And that means all of their previous results must be expunged, throwing the table into chaos and creating serious reprecussions for the three-team title race.

The league have yet to officially update the standings on their website. But Bulwell are sure to lose the three points they gained from a thumping 5-2 victory over Barrowby last August.

Of their title rivals, current leaders Clifton All Whites will fare even worse because they have registered two wins over Barrowby -- 3-2 at home and 1-0 away. They will be deducted six points.

However, second-placed South Normanton Athletic, will not lose a single point because when they played Barrowby, they were hammered 3-0.

The table in this week’s Dispatch does not take into account the deductions and does not include the results of matches played this midweek.

But after deductions and before midweek matches, the new standings would be:

1. South Normanton Athletic 63 points with three games to play (goal-difference plus-44)

2. BULWELL 60 points with four games to play (goal-difference plus-21)

3. Clifton All Whites 58 points with four games to play (goal-difference plus-38).

After Tuesday night’s game with Real United, Bulwell’s remaining fixtures are away at Calverton Miners Welfare and Belper United and at home to Blidworth Welfare.

But the whole season could yet rest on a clash between Clifton and Normanton on the very last day on Saturday 10th May.