The absence of too many key players was blamed as BULWELL suffered their second successive defeat in the Central Midlands League’s South Division.
Anxious to bounce back from a shock defeat at bottom-of-the-table Eastwood Community, Bulwell were beaten 2-1 by fellow high-fliers Belper United.
But they had no fewer than seven players unavailable because of suspension, holidays, weddings or work commitments, and it proved too much to cope with.
Things might have been different had they not conceded the opening goal after just 23 SECONDS. A break down the right led to a chip to the far post where Evan Garnett was left with a free header from close range.
Bulwell responded with chances for new signing Joe Harrison and Tobias Richardson. But their squad was depleted even more in the 25th minute when Tyrone Gray had to limp off, and then again two minutes into the secvond period when Leon Roberts departed with an Achilles problem
In a poor game for the neutral, few clearcut chances were created, although Matt Simpson saved well to deny Garnett a second. But Belper doubled their lead on 84 when Jordan Ball coolly chipped the ‘keeper, and a consolation goal by substitute Richard Saunders, who hammered home from 14 yards, came too late to rescue a tame performance by The Bulls.
BULWELL LINE-UP (3-4-1-2) -- Simpson/ Knight, Soar, Richardson/ Chadwick D., Wheelhouse, Gray, Rocco/ Harrison J./ Roberts, Fisher. SUBS: Saunders, Nutt, Moore, Carter.