A COUPLE of decent results suggest Bulwell are beginning to find their stride under new managers Steve Osborne and Terry Witts in the Notts Senior League’s Senior Division.
The Bulls won 4-2 at Cotgrave and then they held unbeaten high-fliers FC Cavaliers to a 1-1 draw to climb up to fifth in the table after the opening six games.
The trip to Cotgrave was hampered by awful weather with a strong wind raging and heavy rain lashing down. However the small crowd who did brave the elements witnessed an entertaining clash, even though there wasn’t much football for the purists.
Bulwell went close in the 18th minute when midfielder Jamie Moore struck a post when lobbing the ‘keeper from outside the box. But seven minutes later, they made sure when Ryan King whipped in a terrific cross for Moore to rifle home.
The game was largely dictated by the weather with the wind blowing the ball around every time it went in the air. And it might have played a part in Cotgrave’s equaliser just before the break when they pounced after Bulls’ goalkeeper Jamie Wheat and his defence were caught in two minds.
However, just as the home side were congratulating themselves on it being a good time to score, Bulwell restored their lead immediately as Chris Murdock fed Alan Jeffries, who chipped the ‘keeper.
Cotgrave came out strong for the second period and levelled again within two minutes thanks to a deflected shot.
But once again, their lift was shortlived because a couple of minutes later, it was 3-2 to the visitors as Jeffries produced another delicate lob from outside the box.
From then on, Bulwell always looked in command. And after Jon Manders had seen a powerful shot parried on to the bar, the points were sealed by a freakish goal ten minutes from the end when Michael Banister challenged for the ball just outside the box and it bounced off him high into the air and into the net.
BULWELL LINE-UP — Wheat/ Ward, Murdock, Soar D., Knight, Spencer (Dean), Banister, Moore, Manders, Jeffries, King. Subs: Gretton, Carter J., Spencer (Daz).
AGAINST Cavaliers, Bulwell got the perfect start when Jeffries chased a ‘nothing ball’ and somehow angled it into an empty net to beat the onrushing ‘keeper.
And they could count themselves unfortunate not to collect all three points after going on to dominate possession against a team favourites with many pundits to land the title.
In another game affected by the wind, Manders had a goal disallowed for a marginal offside decision, while at the other end, ‘keeper Wheat showed signs of confidence for the first time this term.
The Bulls bossed the show even more in the second period with both Banister and Dave Ward being denied by the bar and both Banister and Manders being foiled by goalline clearances. Jay Knight also saw a goalbound header fingertipped to safety by the ‘keeper.
Therefore it was exasperating to fall foul of a Cavaliers equaliser completely against the run of play. On a rare forage forward, the ball bounced around the box a few times and as the locals’ backline failed to clear, Ryan Perkins whacked it home.
BULWELL LINE-UP — Wheat/ Ward, Murdock, Soar D., Knight, England, Banister, Gretton, Manders, Jeffries, King. Subs: Moore, Carter J., Spencer (Dean).