A victory far more comfortable than the 1-0 scoreline suggests kept title-chasing BULWELL joint top of the Central Midlands League’s (CML) South Division.
The Bulls defeated mid-table Mickleover Royal British Legion for their EIGHTH triumph on the trot.
So they stay level with Clifton All Whites, who escaped from a nine-goal thriller with a 5-4 win over Mickleover Royals.
Although there was only one goal in Bulwell’s encounter, they were always the most offensive of the two teams. In fact, Mickleover did not muster a single shot on target throughout the whole 90 minutes.
More good news was the return from injury of Kurdistan playmaker Ako Abdullah, who was introduced as a second-half substitute.
Abdullah linked up with new Belgian signing Emmanuel Kashila-Kanyinda, who was again highly influential.
Indeed Manu created the winning goal, which came as early as the 15th minute. He rolled the ball across the six-yard line for fellow midfielder Marek Vipond, who tapped into an empty net.
Manu also had a hand in what should have been Bulwell’s second six minutes into the second half when he appeared to be brought down by the visiting ‘keeper. Controversially, the referee saw things differently and issued the 25-year-old Belgian with a red card for diving.
“It was an absolutely shocking decision,” said Bulwell secretary Andy Radford. “Even the ‘keeper was shocked. He thought the card was for him, not for Manu.”
After that, the game lost its bite as Bulwell ensured there were no scares against a well-organised Mickleover side.
However, they had created plenty of chances earlier, with Vipond, Manu, Conor Carter and Richard Saunders all going close or being guilty of poor finishing.
And the whole match was treated to a masterclass of how to play the holding midfield role by Ryan Perkins, who pulled all the strings for The Bulls.
BULWELL have acquired another new recruit to boost their chase for the CML title. He is 18-year-old Kieran Young, who has arrived at the club from Notts County’s futsal team.
“Kieran is an exciting prospect with a keen eye for goal and can operate on either flank as well as a centre-forward,” says Radford.
THIS coming Saturday, The Bulls aim to extend their winning spree to nine matches when they entertain Southwell City at Greenwich Avenue.
Southwell are in the middle of a purple patch and haven’t lost in 11 games. They currently sit sixth in the South Division table, only five points behind Terry Witts. Steve Osborne and Ian Lowe’s side.