Borrowash Victoria AFC

Borrowash Victoria AFC

Updated 11th February: A local digest for all things Borrowash Vics from the past month.

Ashby Ivanhoe 7-0 Borrowash Victoria - Tuesday 7 November
East Midlands League Cup Quarter Final

There's a commonly used phrase in television news broadcasting where one might hear "If you don't want to know the score, look away now..."

That phrase was definitely something that Borrowash Victoria players, management and perhaps most importantly, fans, would not have liked to see on Tuesday night after Borrowash Victoria were comprehensively dumped out of the East Midlands Counties League Cup at the Quarter Final stage.

By the half time whistle, Marko Markelic's men had given themselves more than a mountain to climb - Quinn put the home side ahead after just eight minutes and reached a brace on 24, with Thorogood adding a third in the opening 45 minutes. 

There was a need for an improved performance in the second half and irrespective of what might have been discussed in the dressing room at the break, it mattered little - Purslow on the hour, Thorogood with his second on 71, Windrum on 76 and Edwards on 78 made for a utterly miserable night and a disappointing exit from a cup competition in which the Vics had made good progress up to this point.

Recent results see the Vics on a very concerning downward turn of form and a torrent of goals being conceded.

Aylestone Park 5-1 Borrowash Victoria – Saturday 3 February
East Midlands Counties League
Perhaps Borrowash Victoria had one eye on the League Cup Quarter Final against Ashby Ivanhoe in the week, but then again, perhaps it was just one of those days.

Scheduled for a trip to Leicestershire to take on Aylestone Park, this game was in danger of falling foul of the weather, and that would have been a third Saturday game to be postponed in recent weeks.  Players and management may well have wished that the fixture was called off come the final whistle as the lack of match action over recent weeks and a distinctly off day saw the Vics emerge on the wrong end of a 5-1 scoreline.

Jack Jepson started the home side goal fest after just two minutes and scored again with just six on the clock.  Goal number three gave him his hat-trick on 21 and with a three goal deficit to make up, the Vics needed something before the half time break to give them a chance in the second half.

Front man Celson Patricino was on hand on the stroke of half time to slot home for the Vics for a 3-1 scoreline against them at the half time whistle.

The Vics tightened up in defence during the second half – but Aylestone were allowed back in on 79 when Mason Brown scored.  Jepson wasn’t done either and his scored his fourth and the home side’s fifth two minutes from time to complete an arguable rout for a distinctly out of form borough side who will need to find some consistency if they are to avoid a late season slide down the table.

Radcliffe Olympic 3-5 Borrowash Victoria – Tuesday 24 January
East Midlands Counties League Cup
Having had their East Midlands Counties League home game against Radcliffe Olympic postponed on Saturday due to an ‘unplayable’ surface, the Vics travelled to face the same opponents on Tuesday night to fight for a place in the Quarter Final of the League Cup.

Marko Markelic’s men got off to a good start, taking the lead after just two minutes from a Joe Plant strike but there were to be no further goals until shortly before the hour when fans from both sides were treated to a 34 minute goal fest.

Radcliffe made a game of it when they levelled on 56 minutes through Ryan Smith but four minutes later, the Vics had regained the lead through Celson Patricino.  Four later, a two goal advantage was held when Idris Kabongo netted, but the fight continued by the home side.  A minute later, Smith scored his second of the night to narrow the deficit to 2-3 in the Vics’ favour.

However, from here, the borough side cemented the eventual win through Adam Kemp on 79 and Kabongo’s second just a minute later.  This left Jan Yeomans with little more than a consolation goal in the final minute – the Vics progressing 3-5 – they will face Ashby Ivanhoe in the Quarter Final.

Ellistown & Ibstock United 1-4 Borrowash Victoria – Saturday 14 January
East Midlands Counties League
After enduring one of those most difficult days ever over the previous weekend with the visit of Dunkirk, Borrowash Victoria did the best thing that they could do by way of a fight back – winning a game and winning it strongly.

For the visit of Dunkirk over the preceding weekend, the Vics went behind, recovered a two-goal deficit, saw it slip again and then had the most uncomfortable afternoon after their skipper Josh Ross was firstly substituted then fell ill needing treatment by the touchline by paramedics for a heart related issue.  Adding further concern, came the news that Ross needed hospital treatment, the good news to follow bad being that after a period of monitoring by medical staff, he was released with a comparatively clean bill of health.

Ross was understandably rested for the Vics away trip to Ellistown & Ibstock United on Saturday – a host side languishing at the bottom of the East Midlands Counties League table.  This then, was a match that the Vics should be winning and win it they did.

Dan Rowley set Marko Markelic’s men going with a 20th minute strike but Ellistock as we’ll call them for short, cancelled that out.   The second half saw the Vics retake the lead and some with Josh Williams, Luke Gratton and the man who replaced the ill captain during the preceding weekend, Vics boss’s family member Sacha Markelic, help carve out an eventual 4-1 away win.

The result left the south-west borough side in 12th of 22 teams in the East Midlands Counties League table, with 38 points from 25 games, 11 wins, 5 draws, 9 defeats, 67 scored, 52 conceded leaving the club in the middle of a closely contested pack.  Another win or two would certainly help propel the Vics up the table.

Alfreton Town 3-0 Borrowash Victoria – Tuesday 10 January
Derbyshire Senior Cup Quarter Final
Borrowash Victoria have made good progress through the various rounds of the Derbyshire Senior Cup, going as far as the Quarter Final, and as seniority and resource tends to come to the fore in the latter stages of any cup competition, Marko Markellic took his men to the Amber Valley on Tuesday night for a game against Alfreton Town in front of just 151 at the Impact Arena.

Alfreton came straight out of the blocks and with 22 gone, hit the crossbar from 6 yards, Clayton to former Ilkeston FC player Ryan Shelton.  A minute later, they hit the target – Shelton’s corner found the head of Niall Heaton.

In the 25th minute, Borrowash Victoria were almost level – Ubah’s header going wide from a Fitzhugh set piece, whilst at the other end, Shelton gave Keeling a save to make from 25 yards.  Shelton hit the foot of the post on 27, whilst minutes later, the Vics countered only for Alfreton to head over.

Five shy of the hour, the Vics came as close as they had done to scoring, a free kick swung in, spilled by Alfreton keeper Speiss but the follow up could only find the side netting.

On the hour, Marshall’s free kick hit the wall, but a minute later, Keeling saved well from Priestley but Clayton bundled home from the rebound.  Another former Robin, Ryan Wilson made way on 71 but as the final 15 minutes got underway, Alfreton scored their third and final goal – this time from Priestley, Keeling getting a hand to the ball but the shot was so powerful, the ball still found its way through.

The final five minutes saw the Vics with a corner from Shaffique cleared, another attack came with four to go only for Alfreton to counter, Keeling again blocking, this time from Priestley and with little or no disruption, the 90 minute mark was hit exactly.  No disgrace for the Vics despite the final score.

Borrowash Victoria 1-3 Dunkirk FC – Saturday 7 January
East Midlands Counties League
Saturday afternoon was a day to forget for Borrowash Victoria in more ways than one, but one way being particularly difficult for everyone at the Bowl to be able to deal with.

Dunkirk were the visitors to The Bowl as fixtures for 2017 get underway and it was the hosts who took the lead after just two minutes as Havron met former Long Eaton United player Ben Gowing’s flick on at the far post.  The Vics were further behind five minutes later when, from the left, Fairclough found Gowing to slot home number two for the Nottinghamshire side.

They were lucky not to be three down inside the opening half hour when Havron turned with his back to goal but could only fire over but a minute later, the Vics had narrowed the deficit – Havron again involved, but this time negatively, fouling in the area, Fitzhugh stepping up to convert from the spot for a 1-2 scoreline.

With around ten minutes of regular time left, Vics boss Marko Markelic was forced into a change when Josh Ross had to be replaced by family member Sacha Markelic to allow the game to proceed.

Proceed it did with Dunkirk opening up the two goal advantage again inside the first half, Joe Plant booked for a late challenge on Hopkinson, Maddison’s freekick was saved by Vics keeper Darren Keeling but he spilled it and Lang mopped up.

The second half was delayed and eventually the match was abandoned as paramedics were called to a clearly ailing Josh Ross who was treated at pitchside for quite some time, the atmosphere at The Bowl, tangible with concern.

In the aftermath, Ross was hospitalised, visited by Markelic who reported that the player was to spend some time under medical care, awaiting test results but otherwise, looking to be OK, Josh reportedly feeling good within himself, staff monitoring his heart.   Nowhere near a happy new year for anyone associated with Borrowash Victoria.