Bulls shake off hostile hosts

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JERSEY BULLS’ assistant manager was delighted with his side’s performance in their 5-1 win over Banstead Athletic – heralding it as the ‘perfect’ way to play away from home.

Despite going behind early on, Sol Solomon drew the visitors level from the penalty spot on the half-hour mark, from which point the men in red never looked back.

Kevan Nelson, number two to boss Gary Freeman since the club’s inception, was delighted the Bulls kept their composure on a heated night in Surrey.

The hosts had two men sent off in an often niggly encounter.

‘It was pretty much the perfect performance given the circumstances and we are really pleased with getting through that in the way we did,’ said Nelson.

‘Places like this aren’t easy to come to, especially midweek, but huge credit goes to the players.

‘One of the key learnings we took from the back end of last season – probably a run of 18, 19 games – was about our composure when things weren’t going our way.

‘We were fantastic in that regard. There was plenty going on, physically, and lots being said out there but we didn’t get dragged into it. To be fair to them they’ve scored a brilliant goal and that gave them a boost but we stuck to what we wanted to do.

‘We played some really nice stuff as well, probably the best in some time. And on a pitch which was falling apart given the recent heat.

‘It’s obviously a long season ahead of us, but this has given us confidence that we have learned lessons and, more importantly, we’re acting on them.’

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