Runners-up prize in the sights of brilliant Bulwell

KING CON -- striker Conor Carter, whose late goal earned Bulwell a superb victory away to champions Clifton All Whites.
KING CON -- striker Conor Carter, whose late goal earned Bulwell a superb victory away to champions Clifton All Whites.

The runners-up pennant is within BULWELL’S sights after a magnificent victory that ended a spell of shaky form in the Central Midlands League’s South Division.

Not since winning 1-0 at Hucknall Town on 24th January had The Bulls tasted success in four matcfhes that had yielded unexpectedly below-par results.

But it all came right again when they travelled to meet old rivals, Clifton All Whites, the league’s reigning champions. For under the watchful eye of general managers Terry Witts and Steve Osborne, they triumphed 3-2 to move just four points off second place with four games to play.

Bulwell played some neat football from the offl with Jay Knight and Dan Chadwick shining in midfield and captain Dwayne Soar marshalling a stubborn backline.

So it was a blow when Clifton pinched a 23rd minute lead, courtesy of lively striker Ben Clark, who punished a piece of misunderstanding between full-back Lewis Wheelhouse and goalkeeper Tyler Smeed to slot home from an acute angle.

Smeed was to more than make up for things in a man-of-the-match display, while George Hulley’s troops recovered well to level just after the half-hour when Knight headed home a Joe Harrison corner.

The Bulls’ possession football paid dividends again three minutes into the second period when they went ahead. Richard Saunders found top scorer Jake Fisher, who coolly lobbed the ‘keeper.

Clifton responded with their best spell of the game, always looking dangerous and forcing Smeed into some smart saves. Indeed the visiting goal led a charmed life during an onslaught that led to an inevitable equaliser. Clark was the man again, netting direct from a corner.

Bulwell deserve huge credit for rallying again. After two key substitutions to freshen things up, they grabbed a 78th minute winner when Conor Carter raced clear to tuck a shot under the advancing ‘keeper.

BULWELL LINE-UP (4-4-2) -- Smeed/ Wheelhouse, Whitehead, Soar, Richardson/ Saunders, Knight, Chadwick D., Harrison/ Fisher, Carter. SUBS: Attenborough (for Harrison 74), De Pina (for Chadwick 74), Nutt (for Wheelhouse 78), Deavin, Roberts.