Lowe hopes Bulwell can build on Eastwood draw

Jake Fisher (right) in action for Bulwell against Hucknall Rolls Leisure earlier this season.
Jake Fisher (right) in action for Bulwell against Hucknall Rolls Leisure earlier this season.

Bulwell joint-manager Ian Lowe says he is keen to see his side build some momentum as they prepare to face a congested second-half of the CMFL South season.

Tuesday night saw the Bulls earn a creditable 3-3 draw at home to Eastwood CFC, a game where they came from behind three times to take a point.

And having had a tough run of results leading up to Christmas which has led to them being second from bottom in the league, albeit with several games in hand on those around them, Lowe wants to see Bulwell kick on from here.

He said: “It’s been difficult this season because we lost some key players at the start and it’s been hard to get a consistent side for each game, especially more recently where we’ve had very few Saturday fixtures.

“Based on Tuesday’s result and performance you could say we’re in something of a false position, particularly with lots of games in hand on others, but for much of the season the bottom line has been that we haven’t really been good enough.

“It’s strange because having come up from the Notts Senior League on the back of a 100 per cent record and then finishing third in the CML twice, perhaps we underestimated things a bit and took our foot off the gas in a playing sense this year whereas quite a few other teams have improved their squads and made a good go of it.”

Tuesday’s draw with Eastwood came thanks to strikes from Conor Carter, Jamie Walker and an own goal, with Lowe adding: “The lads ended up feeling disappointed we hadn’t won because we missed some good chances and when you’re down the bottom, that’s how it goes sometimes.

“But I couldn’t fault the attitude, commitment and character we showed and hopefully we can build on that.”

As with many clubs at the CMFL’s level, player recruitment and maintaining a consistent squad has often proved tough for Bulwell, something Lowe feels has been a key factor this season.

He said: “Early on we had some lads who had offers from clubs at different levels where they could also earn a little bit of money and naturally it tempted them away.

“But we left doors open and one or two came back when it didn’t work out for them. I have no problem with that and they had the decency to approach me about returning - if we part on good terms then I’m happy to welcome them back if it’s right to do so.

“It didn’t help though because we’d had a great pre-season and then plans got disrupted.

“In the end, when players see we’re struggling then no matter how much they might want to come, they sometimes don’t fancy a scrap at the bottom and that can scupper any moves.

“Our hands are tied a bit as we don’t pay any money out so we have to sell the club in other ways to players we want to bring in and if they see we’re getting beaten a lot it doesn’t help.”

Bulwell have 21 league games to squeeze into the remainder of the season but Lowe is hopeful a more regular schedule will have its benefits.

He added: “It should mean the players will get that bit more fitter and sharper and that in turn can help us climb the table.

“We’ve had tough runs of games against sides higher up the table but I think if we can pick up some points then things will be a lot more positive all round.”