Tabletopping BULWELL made the perfect start to their busy Christmas schedule by exacting sweet revenge on Swanwick Pentrich Road.
The Bulls had opened their Central Midlands League’s South Division account back in August with a 5-1 defeat at the hands of Pinxton.
But the boot was on the other foot last Saturday when the locals eased to a fine 3-1 victory in the first of three games in seven days.
The result lifted them six points clear and set them up nicely for the Boxing Day derby against Hucknall Town.
With manager Terry Witts absent because of work commitments, Bulwell’s day began badly when midfielder Marek Vipond sustained a suspected broken foot in the warm-up.
But they survived an early fright when a free header was cleared off the line by Ross McCaughey and settled down to control the game.
Man-of-the-match Ryan Perkins bossed the middle of the park, and Bulwell went in front on the half hour. Richard Saunders fed Conor Carter, whose scuffed effort was smashed home at the far post by Vipond’s replacement, Felix Hogg.
Moments later, it was 2-0 as Carter, who again put in a good shift up front, netted his 13th goal of the season when heading home from close range after Saunders had nodded back an inch-perfect cross from McCaughey.
In the second half, substitute Ako Abdullah and Lee Prewitt were both denied by fine saves. And although Jake Vernon pulled a late goal back for Pinxton, Bulwell still had the final word as another sub, Scott Litchfield, rounded the ‘keeper and slotted into an empty net deep into injury-time.
But ro net the leveller.