Borrowash Victoria AFC

Borrowash Victoria AFC

Updated 21st October: A local digest for all things Borrowash Victoria from Erewash Sound SPORT...

Aylestone Park 1-3 Borrowash Victoria – Saturday 14 October
East Midlands Counties League
It appears that Borrowash Victoria may be beginning to hit form of some kind, with some good results having been carved out in both the league and cup, some goals being conceded, but not at the rate from earlier this season, whilst the opportunities appear to be being taken in the final third.

Last weekend, Marko Markelic took his men to Leicestershire to take on Aylestone Park.  Fitzhugh put the Vics ahead shortly after the quarter hour mark, 17 minutes having been played, and inside the opening 45, it was 0-2 on the road as Idris Kabongo returned to the score sheet shortly before the half time whistle.

The Vics’ hosts did find the net in the second half, but a decisive third, scored by Lawrence was the ultimate decider to give the Vics their first thing to celebrate, the other being the big reveal of a new first team kit sponsor on the following Monday.

Three East Midlands Counties League points did very nicely though!

Holbrook St. Michaels 1-5 Borrowash Victoria – Saturday 7 October
Derbyshire Senior Cup First Round
Slightly disappointing East Midlands Counties League form was put aside for Borrowash Victoria on Saturday afternoon as they travelled the short distance down the A52, around the Ring Road and slightly along the A6 to take on Holbrook St. Michaels in the first round of the Derbyshire Senior Cup.

This was a chance to demonstrate the Vics ability to score goals – something they have already done, but have also let in a fair old few as the goals against column of the league table will demonstrate.

By the half time whistle, the Vics had bagged four fifths of their total tally for the game with strikes from Green on 6, Morley on 11, Lewis on 23 and an own goal putting the borough side well in front by the half time whistle.

Manager Marko Markelic made a few changes at the break, with the tie looking securely in the bag, a chance perhaps to try out a few new ideas to turn league form around a little.  Off went Labbate and Lewis, on came Fitzhugh and Kabongo and with half an hour to go, the final change saw Wiggins replaced by Kemp.

Green added a fifth Vics goal to assure himself of a cup brace, but the hosts were able to get a second half consolation for their efforts.   The win leaves the Vics with a challenge to face.  They have been drawn against Heanor Town away from home in the second round of the Derbyshire Senior Cup.  Can the Vics tame the Lions?

We will have to wait until week commencing 6th November to find out.

Borrowash Victoria 1-1 Holwell Sports – Wednesday 4 October
East Midlands Counties League
Marko Markelic has a job to do in steadying the good ship Borrowash Victoria.  The side from the south-west of the borough have been conceding a fair old few goals of late but are equally able to score a few themselves.

Wednesday night gave the Vics a chance to stage a quick recovery from the 4-0 second half defeat at Teversal at the weekend with the visit of Holwell Sports to The Bowl.

Markelic was able to name a five man subs bench for this fixture, allowing a little more strength in depth should the need arise.  Lewis’ 14th minute strike put the home side ahead in this game and this was a scoreline carried into the half time break for something to build on in a bid to claim a full three points and condemn the weekend defeat to albeit recent memory.

If the Vics have shut up at the back at the little, they were equally lacking up on front on this occasion, but perhaps that is a sign of a steadying ship given the numbers that have been clocked up in the goals against column of late.

But the borough side couldn’t add to their first half tally and Holwell took an opportunity to level in the second half but a top class save that would receive rapturous applause and widespread credit at higher level was what kept a 1-1 scoreline to the full time whistle.

Something to build on for the Vics then, going into the next weekend fixture.

Teversal 4-0 Borrowash Victoria – Saturday 30 September
East Midlands Counties League
Something isn’t quite right about Borrowash Victoria at the moment.  For whatever reason, the Vics are conceding goals at an astonishing rate and, although on any given day, they are equally able of scoring, the trend seems to be wobbling all over the place at the moment.

Marko Markelic has some work to do to get to the bottom of the problem and, most importantly of all, resolve it, particularly after the nature of defeat at the weekend away at Teversal.

The Vics’ hosts are a new name at this level of football but were held by the Vics to a 0-0 scoreline at the break.  This was something to build on, you might have thought, but on this occasion, Borrowash Victoria offered a stark contrast to the evenly fought first half and, to all intents and purposes, they capitulated in the second half at Carnarvon Street.

Only one minute had been played in the second 45 when Teversal took the lead – Khyle Sargent beating the Vics backline, and ten minutes in, it was 2-0 courtesy of James McCann.  2-0 became 3-0 with nine to play after a Danny Fletcher strike and with five to play, the final, somewhat embarrassing scoreline was confirmed after Matt Wilkinson scored a Teversal fourth.

Borrowash Victoria 4-2 Anstey Nomads – Saturday 23 September
East Midlands Counties League
Cast your mind back over recent Borrowash Victoria fixtures and your mind will be focused on the last two, both of which were against Selston FC in a rather odd quirk of the fixture list.

First off, Selston visited The Bowl and strode away with a 6-1 win, the Vics only consolation being a Brandon Gwinnutt goal but countered by a red card shown to the same player within minutes, much to the fury of the player, management and fans.

The following weekend saw the reverse fixture in which Marko Markelic’s men gave a much better account of themselves and came away with a point from a 3-3 draw which was probably great for the neutrals if nobody else.

Nine conceded, four scored from those games then, and so to last weekend when the Vics welcomed another Leicestershire side – Anstey Nomads – to The Bowl.  Borrowash Victoria were ahead as early as the third minute from a Tom Lewis strike and this solitary goal carried the home side into the break and in the lead.

Anstey drew level on the hour courtesy of Tom Mangan, but Shay Wiggins put his side ahead twenty minute from time, Lewis ensured himself of a brace twelve minutes from the end of regular time, but Anstey made sure that the Vics stayed sharp by adding a second for the visitors just three minutes later with 81 on the clock.

Lawrence dealt a decisive blow to any hopes that the Nomads may have had of salvaging something from the game as he added a fourth Vics goal on 81 for a 4-2 scoreline that was carried to the full time whistle.