Selston beat the conditions and Bulwell to edge thriller

Second half action between Selston and Bulwell at Selston's Mansfield Road ground on Saturday. Sean Gregory who was a second half goal scorer for Selston, gets some appreciation from his team mates.
Second half action between Selston and Bulwell at Selston's Mansfield Road ground on Saturday. Sean Gregory who was a second half goal scorer for Selston, gets some appreciation from his team mates.

Selston overcame Bulwell 3-2 on Easter Saturday in horrendous conditions.

Bulwell had designs of their own on the game and started much better than the hosts, putting early pressure on and using the conditions well by getting balls into the box.

Second half action between Selston and Bulwell at Selston's Mansfield Road ground on Saturday.

Second half action between Selston and Bulwell at Selston's Mansfield Road ground on Saturday.

Full-back Richard Saunders set up Sean Craven who volleyed at the far post to put Bulwell 1-0 up.

Both sides continued to struggle with the conditions and Selston failed to put any football together.

That was until Rory Davies kickstarted the team and his ball across the box came to Carl Moore, who tucked it away from 15 yards after a quarter of an hour.

Selston then completed the turnaround thanks to fine work from Davies, Ben Moore and Sean Gregory.

Davies’ block left him a yard clear in the corner and he squared to Renshaw, gambling from left-back, his first touch was excellent and he lashed home from just inside the penalty area to put Selston 2-1 up just after half an hour.

A free-kick 22 yards out then saw Ben Moore test Bulwell’s ‘keeper Alex Smith, who was able to palm the set-piece away for a corner.

From that corner Davies’ header flashed narrowly wide of the post.

Davies was becoming the go-to man for the hosts and he was involved again just after when a superb first time crossfield ball put Dominic Airey in space, but his volley landed just wide.

Just when it looked like the hosts were on top and cruising to half-time, Bulwell found a route back into the game.

Daniel Chadwick’s tame shot squirmed through the legs of Selston’s stand-in stopper James Lindley to draw the visitors level right before the interval.

The hosts re-started with the wind at their backs and put pressure on their opponents from the off.

Ben Moore cleverly beat two men in the middle of the park and released Sean Gregory into space on the right flank, he drove at the box and shot powerfully at the near post but Bulwell ‘keeper Smith was equal to the shot and palmed away well.

Gregory was in the thick of the action again just after, when his driving run from the right wing to the edge of the box drew a foul and Selston were awarded a free-kick in a dangerous position.

And it was from this position that Selston sealed the eventual winner.

Carl Moore struck his shot powerfully but straight at the wall but from the rebound Gregory hit a superb shot which rattled into the top corner.

It was a brilliant goal and Selston should have doubled their cushion late on from the spot.

Gregory won a penalty when he was tripped up inside the box and despite Carl Moore smashing his shot against a post, Selston held out for the win.