Bulwell poised for cup test

BUOYANT BULWELL put their new-found reputation on the line on Saturday (December 2) when they take on Hucknall Town’s reserve team in the county cup.

And after continuing their fine form in the Notts Senior League’s Senior Division last weekend, The Bulls are warm favourites to dispose of AFC Hucknall in the last 16 of the Notts FA Intermediate County Cup.

Indeed the way they are going, there’s little doubt they will be competing in the senior county cup, alongside Hucknall Town themselves, next season.

The 3-0 stroll at lowly Sandhurst kept Steve Osborne and Terry Witts’s side second in the table, eight points behind unbeaten leaders FC Cavaliers and now four clear of third place.

It was also their tenth win in 11 matches and defied a very strong wind at Sandhurst’s barren ground in Walesby which dictated much of the play.

Bulwell got off to a fine start and took the lead when in-form defender Jay Knight found the net after Jamie Moore and Connor Carter had worked a short corner.

Moore then drilled a shot just over from outside the box and Carter headed inches wide from a neat cross by Carl Horder as the visitors called the tune, despite playing against the wind.

Sandhurst did well to restrict Bulwell to just the one goal in the first half but were soon two behind after the interval as Moore finished off a surging attack.

The home side posed a couple of threats, forcing Dwayne Soar to clear off the line and goalkeeper Jamie Wheat to make a point-blank save.

But they struggled to get the ball at times as Bulwell did as they liked. And after five or six missed chances, most notably from Ryan King, the locals wrapped up the points when substituite Robbie ‘Steptoe’ England unselfishly set up Carter’s second goal as the ‘keeper lay stricken in the box.

BULWELL LINE-UP — Wheat/ Gretton, Walker J., Knight, Soar D., Keetley, McCaffrey, Moore, Carter C., King, Horder. Subs: England, Carter J., Rennicks.