Freeman’s fledglings find a way through

THE technical issues that have beset Bulls’ preparations this season infected our viewing pleasure in the Jersey club’s first foray in the vaunted Buildbase FA Vase as the streamed broadcast was reduced to a transmission through someone holding up a smartphone via social media.

Taking on his man and cutting in off the left wing is trademark Sol Solomon and it worked perfectly for the Bulls players as he had a hand in all three of his sides goals as they beat Billingshurst 3-0 in their first ever FA Vase fixture. PHOTO: ESA PHOTOS/TONY FOWLES.
Taking on his man and cutting in off the left wing is trademark Sol Solomon and it worked perfectly for the Bulls players as he had a hand in all three of his sides goals as they beat Billingshurst 3-0 in their first ever FA Vase fixture. PHOTO: ESA PHOTOS/TONY FOWLES.

It was difficult to know what was going on at times, although any meaningful action was minimal for the most part. Bulls did what they needed to do against a physical, if somewhat limited, Billinghurst side who ply their trade in the Division I Southern Combination Football League.

The good ship Bulls were missing their two-stroke out-board motor in midfield with Kamen Nafkha suspended and Adam Trotter a last-minute absentee due to injury and it showed at times, though it never fully verged on the rudderless. They adopted their game accordingly, looking, like any other typical English non-league club, to play down the channels rather than through the middle, which is a hallmark of their style. For large parts this was as ineffectual as it was unfamiliar a tactic for manager Gary Freeman’s side as it was pitted against a conversant Billinghurst defence.

Apart from an early chance for Sol Solomon, the first half played on the lush pasture of the Jubilee Fields passed with little incident. It took a penalty, scored by defender Luke Campbell just after the restart, to make the breakthrough following a handball. Campbell then surrendered the chance to repeat the moment when the snake-hipped Solomon slithered his way into the penalty box and was duly brought down.

Full report and manager reaction in today's JEP.

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