NOTTS SENIOR LEAGUE: Bulwell begin trophy defence

GLORY BOYS -- from left, Steve Osborne, Terry Witts and Andy Radford, of Bulwell, with the league trophy
GLORY BOYS -- from left, Steve Osborne, Terry Witts and Andy Radford, of Bulwell, with the league trophy

BULWELL begin the defence of their Precision Nottse Senior League, Senior Division title next Monday (August 20) with the visit of Bilborough Town as their new season gets under way.

The Greenwich Avenue outfit had a remarkable season last term. After losing two of their first three matches they then were unbeaten for the remaining 27.

That meant they were able to overcome a huge 18-point gap behind FC Cavaliers to eventually overtake their rivals and win the league by 15 points, scoring 106 goals in the process.

It capped an incredible first season for manager Terry Witts and his assistant, former professional boxer Steve Osborne, who just three years earlier had taken Scotts Grey to glory in the FA Sunday Cup at Anfield.

They begin the campaign with two home games, with Kimberley Miners Welfare visiting Greenwich Avenue a week tomorrow (Saturday August 25).

Bulwell will go into their opener in a good frame of mind after romping to a 9-1 victory over Netherfield in their final pre-season friendly on Tuesday. meaning they remained unbeaten throughout the summer matches.

Scott Litchfield scored a hat-trick with other goals coming from Ryan King, Robert England, Marek Vipond, Jamie McKeever, Alan Jeffries and Jamie Moore.

The management team of Witts and Osborne have also been joined by a new coach this season in the form of Ian Lowe.

They have also been drawn at home to Basford in the opening round of the Notts FA County Cup, the tie taking place on October 6.

Meanwhile, HUCKNALL ROLLS LEISURE will get their campaign off and running in the same league and division with a trip to Kimberley Miners Welfare today (Saturday August 18).

That will be followed by a trip to Magdala Amateurs on Saturday August 25 as Rolls aim to better their sixth-place finish from last season.

Their most recent friendly saw them beaten by a very strong Radford outfit 5-1, and Rolls’ draw in the Notts FA County Cup sees them host Kimberley Miners Welfare.

HUCKNALL ROLLS LEISURE RESERVES are in action today (Saturday August 18) in the NSL’s First Division away at Beeston.

Despite their first team having defected to the Central Midlands League, LINBY COLLIERY WELFARE RESERVES are still plying their trade in the NSL and travel to Moorgreen in Division Two today (Saturday August 18).