Borrowash Victoria AFC

Borrowash Victoria AFC

Updated 18th March: A local digest for all things Borrowash Vics from the past month.

Borrowash Victoria 3-3 Stapenhill FC – Wednesday 15 March
East Midlands Counties League
Borrowash Victoria were involved in a midweek East Midlands Counties League home time against Stapenhill FC.

The Vics have a number of fixtures to complete to play catch up after a raft of postponements affected games set to be played at The Bowl.

A sign that this game wouldn’t be easy came after 13 minutes when the visitors scored their opener, unlucky for the Vics, Steven Hart beginning to make a name for himself on the night.  He doubled the lead with 24 on the clock, and this appeared to be the jolt that the home team needed to get back into the game.

Marko Markelic’s men opened their goals for account with 26 minutes gone through a Mlauzi strike but the first half rounded out with a deficit to make up – 2-1 the scoreline at the whistle. 

Seven minutes in, Hart completed his hat-trick to make it 3-1 against the borough hosts, and although there were no more goals conceded, it took until twelve minutes from time for the Vics to find the net again, Gratton on 78 and Brandon two minutes later for an equaliser and a point secured, although Hart’s early double was almost the undoing of the hosts – 3-3 the final score.

Borrowash Victoria 4-4 Birstall United – Saturday 11 March
East Midlands Counties League
Football fans who take a lead for granted can often be disappointed by the final whistle as anything can happen over 90+ minutes.

Borrowash Victoria welcomed Leicestershire based side Birstall United to The Bowl last weekend for the latest East Midlands Counties League fixture, and stormed into a 2-0 lead within 12 minutes through strikes from Brandon and Kabongo, goals coming on 6 and 11 respectively, but before the half had reached half way, Birstall had clawed that deficit back through strikes from Tom Marriott on 17 and Dan Jelley on 19.

There was time for a third to turn the game completely around once more and it came for the visitors courtesy of Ashley Way six before the break.

The second half remained locked at 2-3 until substitute Sacha Markelic restored the lead and some with strikes on 65 and 69 for a 3-4 lead.  But this game always looked like it had more goals in it, even though it was probably difficult to predict which way, but a point apiece was the result after a Mitchell Williams strike created the final score of 4-4 for Birstall twelve minutes from time.

Gedling Miners Welfare 0-4 Borrowash Victoria – Saturday 18 February

East Midlands Counties League
Welcoming leading scorer Kirk Francis back to the side having missed the last six weeks, Borrowash Victoria had already received a boost ahead of the weekend East Midlands Counties League trip to Gedling Miners Welfare.

Things haven’t exactly gone to plan for Marko Markelic’s men over recent weeks with results just not going their
way, so to avoid the season petering out, the Vics needed to find some form and duly did so by scoring four without conceding in Nottinghamshire at the weekend.

The returning leading marksman Francis slotted in to a staggered front two behind Celson Patricino but neither the home side nor the Vics found the net over the opening forty-five minutes.

The second half was a completely different affair though with midfielder Fitzhugh opening the scoring two minutes after the break.  Target man Patricino hit the target on 69 and 88 minutes whilst the manager kept it in the family as Sacha Markelic  added a third in between.  The Vics rediscovered some form, but there’s still some action yet to play and they will need to maintain some form of momentum to avoid an unsavoury end to the season.