Borrowash Victoria AFC

Borrowash Victoria AFC

Updated 12th January: A local digest for all things Borrowash Victoria from Erewash Sound SPORT

Gedling Miners Welfare 2-0 Borrowash Victoria – Saturday 4 January
East Midlands Counties League:
With all of those best wishes floating around in society, that everyone has a happy new year, the exact opposite was the case on Saturday, as Borrowash Victoria collectively had an unhappy and very frustrating start to 2018 during their game at Gedling Miners Welfare.

Retrospectively, they may have preferred that the effects of bad weather in the run up to the weekend had put paid to any action, but the reality was that conditions eased sufficiently to allow the game to go ahead, the Vics therefore travelling the short distance into Nottinghamshire to visit Plains Road.

The scoreline at the break suggested an even affair – 0-0 after 45 minutes, but second half goals from Jamie Spiers and a name familiar to borough football fans, Jake Wholey were ultimately the last straw as Lady Luck more than evaded the Vics on this occasion, although a club spokesperson was laying the blame somewhat squarely at match officials.

One correspondent reflected the misfortunes of Marko Markelic’s side, Groudhopper George stating on his post-match Twitter observation that he thought that the better side lost in his opinion, but that was football.

How right he probably was!  Speaking on their own Twitter platform, a Vics spokesperson used the power of the written word to try and explain the level of frustration coursing through the club, going a goal down, having two goals disallowed and a penalty appeal waved away, the result was declared as having been very disappointing to take, especially after Gedling scored their second.

That same post – now that Twitter has extended the word count – suggested that serious questions needed to be asked about officials, but the tweet ended on a positive, praising the efforts of the outfield eleven who, it was reported, kept on fighting. 

Borrowash Victoria 2-4 Dunkirk FC – Saturday 23 December
East Midlands Counties League
Prolonged floodlight issues at The Bowl led Borrowash Victoria into bringing another match forward last weekend to account for fading light later in the day – the scheduled 3pm fixture against Dunkirk FC brought forward to a 1:30pm start.  The last rescheduled fixture didn't get underway due to bad weather, but this one did.

That extra 30 minutes might have provided time for extra prep had it have been possible but instead, a nightmare opening 45 saw the Vics behind by three goals by only the 33rd minute. 

The game was only ten minutes old when the Vics conceded their first  from a Tim Berridge volley and when he was fouled by Labatte in the area, Tom Maddison slotted home number 2 for the Nottinghamshire side with 23 gone, and the Vics defence was carved open in the 33rd minute after Chaplin’s strong run found Lang two yards out.

Marko Markelic moved to freshen things up in a bid to get back in the game with Kemp replacing Wiggins in the second half, penalty appeals then rebuffed after Livingston went to ground.  However, the fightback finally reaped reward 15 from time when Green put Lawrence in to round the Dunkirk keeper and slot the ball home.

Shay Wiggins was in at close range moments later, but the imposing Dunkirk keeper Mitchell dived at his feet, the ball bobbled away and was hacked clear as the Vics continued their push.  The deficit was narrowed to 2-3 with nine left of regular time – Wiggins again involved, his cross flying over the keeper and in at the far post, three chances, two goals so far for their efforts.

The game was into added time with the Vics continuing to throw everything including the kitchen sink at the visitors in a last ditch bid to level the game but instead, a counter saw Harrison put Hunter in one on one with the Vics keeper who could only watch as the ball was chipped over him and in to cement a 2-4 win for Dunkirk.

The first half trio conceded in the first half proved to be a target too far during the second half, the Vics commenting on Twitter that players who had pulled out of the game at short notice did not help team formation and fortune on the day.