Borrowash Victoria AFC

Borrowash Victoria AFC

Updated 19th May: A local digest for all things Borrowash Victoria from Erewash Sound SPORT

Borrowash Victoria 1-7 Clifton All Whites – Wednesday 16 May
East Midlands Counties League
Saturday, Monday, Wednesday, Saturday games for Borrowash Victoria could not have come at a worse time for the club who have done practically nothing but struggled with a hastily assembled squad of triers after the departure of Marko Markelic, his back room staff and 99.9% of the playing staff in the final half of what has turned out to be nothing short of a torrid season.

The Vics continued their unfortunate run in, created due to a backlog of postponements caused by bad weather, with their final home game of the season which would ultimately lead to being their heaviest home defeat of the season too as Clifton All Whites paid a visit and went home with three points and a 7 goal haul.

The visitors were head after just 6 minutes through Litchfield’s opening strike but the Vics were straight back at them to level two minutes later courtesy of Heys.

This would prove, yet again, to be the merest of consolations – Litchfield bagging his second five minutes after the half hour and from here, there was no looking back for the All Whites as the second half got underway.

Shannon-Lewis on 59 for 1-3 was followed by Paul Turner bringing on Danvers for goal scorer Heys, and six after the hour, Boddy on for Wilkinson.  Nevertheless, Shannon-Lewis added his second and a Clifton fourth on 70, and a fifth on 79, a sixth on 87 and there was still time for an Anderson goal for their seventh on the stroke of full time.

Those who have had enough, from club management to the fan base, only have to wait until the weekend at around 4:45pm when the agony will be over.

Borrowash Victoria 0-2 Arnold Town – Monday 14 May
East Midlands Counties League
If these were medieval times, this would be akin to public torture.  Borrowash Victoria fans are being exposed to the most cruellest of ways to end a football season – a need to accommodate fixtures is one thing, but there is NO joy in watching a side fall to defeat after defeat as has been the case ever since an enforced regime change at The Bowl.

We should be grateful that there has been any football at all for the Vics because at one point it seemed very possible that the club would fold, but it didn’t.   A club reformation is a good thing as can be demonstrated by the imminent arrival of Eastwood CFC to the East Midlands Counties League following their total dominance of the Central Midlands Football League.

So, as we look ahead, somewhat desperately at the moment, to a new and hopefully much more fruitful and happy season for Borrowash Victoria, we must look back to the games that see the season out.

After the 7-1 mauling at the hands of Anstey Nomads at the weekend, the unfortunate nature of four games in a week to see the season out, continued on Monday night as the Vics played Arnold Town away from home.

0-0 at half time, this set a reasonable amount of hope for the second half, and there was high drama three before the hour when, after a penalty was awarded, the Vics keeper duly made a save to keep the score goalless.   But Arnold weren’t to be denied and they took the lead from open play five minutes later.

Mill came on for Moore with around 25 minutes to play, but the fresh legs were unable to stop Arnold from scoring a goal which ultimately killed off any hopes of getting something from the game – the second goal coming ten from time.

Anstey Nomads 7-1 Borrowash Victoria – Saturday 12 May
Borrowash Victoria fans will undoubtedly want this season to have ended already and the ultimate end perhaps cannot come soon enough as Paul Turner’s band of triers ultimately capitulated to Anstey Nomands in a penultimate Saturday game of this torrid and arguably worst ever East Midlands Counties League season in the club’s history.

The home side scored their opener after just nine minutes, courtesy of Brennan but there was great cause for optimism within a minute as Taffy Pariva levelled for the Vics.

But this was a false dawn, the goal would ultimately be a merest of consolations. Two minutes after equalising, Borrowash Victoria were behind again as Tansley scored his first of the day, but that was the scoreline – 2-1 at the break, which still gave cause for hope and optimism for the second half.

But that hope was well and truly snuffed out as Anstey Nomads roared away, scoring another five goals without reply as the Vics emulated previous fixtures, lacking in strength and depth, they capitulated.

With seven played in the second half, Reynolds added an Anstey third.   But if Borrowash Victoria were experiencing pain and agony, two Nomads players would feel it personally after two ran into each other going for the same ball, one looking particularly uncomfortable from the clash.

Two before the hour, and with hope showing a glimmer, Anekwe replaced Spencer for change number one, but the fresh legs couldn’t stop Anstey from scoring their fourth a minute after the hour from a Taylor shot, a fifth six minutes after the hour from Lane, and after Paul Turner had sent on Boddy for Firth with 22 to go, Mangan scored an Anstey sixth 14 from time. 

A third and final Vics change with 13 to go seemed like the bench was just going through the motions, Leach replacing scorer Pariva, but the goals against column was confirmed as having had another seven added six from time when Mangan scored his second.

7-1 the final score and still with three games to go!

Borrowash Victoria 1-4 Teversal FC – Saturday 5 May
East Midlands Counties League
Mother Nature’s wrath over the first three months of 2018 and some has led to an extension to the season for Borrowash Victoria.  They will continue playing into mid-May because of postponements and subsequently rearranged fixtures.

The first Saturday in May saw this beleaguered and troubled side welcome a very strong Teversal side who took the lead at The Bowl after just eight minute and inside the opening forty-five minutes, they were nil-two down as assembled but hugely loyal fans hoped to avoid seeing their side lose to a borderline rugby score.

Spirit has been attempting to break its way into the Vics side over recent weeks and there was a spark of it five minutes before the hour when the deficit was narrowed but this proved to be as good as it got for the borough side, despite them holding that scoreline until late in the game.  Teversal eventually brought their pressure to the fore and scored two late goals, one two minutes from time, and another in added time, spun a distinctly flattering appearance to the scoreline.

The Vics had actually given a good account of themselves but had weakened towards the very end, but signs have been better and there is still a chance to see more signs of development and settling from the few remaining games that take them into the middle of the month.

Graham Street Prims 6-0 Borrowash Victoria – Thursday 3 May
East Midlands Counties League
Whilst all around them, borough clubs are rounding off their respective seasons, Borrowash Victoria’s most miserable of periods continues as the horror of losing to neighbours from all of 50 yards, Graham Street Prims wasn’t just by the odd goal but by a total of six.

One has to worry whether the nature of the defeats and the problems of the season will lead to the club going the way we once thought it was – closure – as that was the very real prospect in the wake of the departure of 99.9% of the playing staff along with former manager Marko Markelic and his backroom staff in the second half of this torrid season.

First half goals were conceded after just 11 and 14 minutes and on 44 which were followed by a similar second half capitulation, the Vics conceding again on 51, 56 and 62.

Post match stats summed things up – 15 shots for the hosts, 11 on target compared to 6 and 1 respectively for the Vics, 6 corners to 2, and the win was assured despite the Prims going down to 10 men during the duration of the match, but we have to remember that this was a hurriedly assembled team doing its very best.

Next up as this most arduous, torturous season meanders on, Teversal are the visitors to the Bowl this weekend, the eventual end coming for this troubled side at some point later this month.

Stapenhill FC 4-3 Borrowash Victoria – Saturday 21 April
East Midlands Counties League
Finally, after hours of effort from the manager down, Borrowash Victoria’s hurriedly assembled band of dedicated triers has begun to find the net in recent weeks, scoring their first goal and taking their first win a few matches ago, and since then suffering defeat, but making more than a game of it.

Paul Turner’s men were at Stapenhill on Saturday for one of the last few games of this torrid, problem-laden, troublesome season, which many would argue has been the worst in club history, if not recent history.

The Vics conceded after some scrappy defending, which enabled Pete Martin to slot the ball home with just six minutes on the clock. However, with 18 played, the Vics were encouragingly back on level terms -  a handball by Furniss enabled a spot kick which was converted from the rebound by Taffy Pariva, keeper Gough saving the first attempt.

Stapenhill upped the ante to regain the lead and duly did so shortly after the half hour mark – Brandon scoring for the hosts, but Austin’s later effort on the volley reached the neighbouring bowls green.

Borrowash Victoria found a front man in a one-on-one with the keeper but the effort was put over, meanwhile, Austin was still aiming to join the Bowls club as he sent another ball out of the ground for Stapenhill.

In the second half, the home side pulled out a two goal advantage when Slater scored from 25 yards out and the Swans extended their lead to 4-1 when Martin squared for Austin for a tap in.  The Vics #7 Taffy Pariva made it 4-2 by taking the ball around the keeper with a cool finish, and having been such a dominant part of the borough side’s game play, it was no surprise when he netted a third in stoppage time for 4-3, scoring into the bottom corner from inside the box.   Pleasing and deserved stuff for this redeveloping side, particularly with some good saves by keeper Lee Felton, albeit with defeat tasted once more.

INVITE TO PLAYERS PAST, PRESENT & FUTURE:  If you are interested in the 2018/19 season then please come along and get involved. Please contact Paul Turner on 07501 129036 for more information.

In a dramatic turn around from earlier indications that the club had resigned from the East Midlands Counties League, Borrowash Victoria FC officials have announced the appointment of a new management team this evening (Thursday 18th).  The new manager has been named as Paul Turner whilst the Secretary is Melvyn Williams.

The news comes contary to indications earlier in the week that club officials had 'taken the club as far as they could' and that running it had 'taken its toll'.

In the wake of the release of a detailed statement by the club on Saturday afternoon/evening, officials from the East Midlands Counties League issued a statement of their own which said that no formal resignation notification had been recieved, but that the club would be unable to fufil a midweek fixture (Wednesday 17th January), and that players would remain registered with the club pending a further club announcement due before the end of the week.

Details received by Erewash Sound SPORT on Thursday evening (18th), request that any new players who are interested in joining the club should please contact newly appointed manager Paul Turner via e-mail to bfcpaul1961(at), changing the (at) for @ before sending your message.

Meanwhile, although an appeal has been made for new players, club officials remain keen to retain the services of those still registered at The Bowl, and have proactively promised that a Vics representative will get in contact ASAP.

Chairman Frazer Watson took to the club Facebook account on Thursday evening (18th), to detail a players training session on Wednesday night of next week whan all were being encouraged to attend to meet the new manager in a bid to keep as many players as possible.

Regarding results, local media reports that Borrowash Victoria Chairman Frazer Watson has asked East Midlands Counties League officials for some time 'to sort things out' but that he hoped to be in a position to fulfil the home fixture against Blaby & Whetstone Athletic on Saturday 27th January.  It is also reported that he has made a request to postpone a midweek fixture next week against Radcliffe.

“Everything happened quickly,” Watson is reported to have told The Derby Telegraph, and: “Marko – who did a great job – told me they were struggling to get a team and it wasn’t going anywhere.

“After the management team announced their resignations, I was quickly contacted by several people who said they would like to take over. Then we had a very good meeting with Paul Turner.

“We have had a number of emails from players saying they want to stay with the club. The new manager will ring all of the players to offer them the chance to stay.”

It is also understood that Mr. Watson said that, had it not have been possible to find a new manager quickly, a resignation from the league for this season might have been considered.

He also stressed that there was never any intention of the club folding, citing the number of teams playing at The Bowl and a long term ground sharing agreement with Belper United.

Meanwhile, former Borrowash Victoria manager Marko Markelic has used his Twitter feed @lesterserb to post the following message on the same evening that the new managerial appointment was announced and to refute Mr. Watson's quote as to what he had said.  Mr. Markelic posted: 'Contrary to the Telegraph statement, we have never struggled to raise a team.  Also it wasn't put on Twitter prematurely as the Vics put it on Facebook first.  PS: Glad it's not folding but all parties must tell the truth. The end.'

Although Mr. Watson has publically detailed the nature of communications with East MIdlands Counties League officials, there have, to date (23:50 18/01), been no further statements released by the footballing authority.

We'll have more news on this story on FM and on-line as it becomes known.  Keep an eye on our social media presences at and on Twitter @erewashsport too!

In the wake of the resignation of manager Marko Markelic and his team at the weekend, club officials have stated that they have resigned from the East Midlands Counties League, although a league statement said that no formal resignation had been received as of the evening of Tuesday 16th September.

Statements in full from both the club and league officials are as follows:

'Last Saturday, Marko and his management team met with the committee of Borrowash Victoria AFC and handed in their resignation. Marko has decided that it is time for a new challenge and that he has taken Borrowash as far as he can.

Borrowash Victoria AFC would like to thank Marko for going above and beyond the call of duty. As well as managing the squad, acting as secretary for the club, kit washing week in, week out, and the list goes on…

Marko has been a fantastic leader for this club and we wish him every success in his next venture. We would also like to thank his management team: Nick, Mick, Dino and Les, along with the players Marko has brought to the club.

Marko’s man management skills have been the best that we have seen throughout the club and his exceptional skills of working with and bringing in youth players have been second to none, which [sic] have now gone on to play at a higher step in the footballing pyramid.

The commitment shown from Marko over the last three years has been first class. This has been proven after turning down managerial roles at a higher level on numerous occasions.

After handing in the resignation, the chairman and vice-chairman then explained that the running of the club has taken its toll and has been taken as far as possible. They then explained that the club would be resigned from the league.

It is a sad time for Borrowash Victoria AFC as a club and a statement regarding the next steps will be issued in due course.

But for the time being, we would like to thank Marko for taking the club this far and for the professionalism he has shown during his time in a role that he has exceeded in.

EAST MIDLANDS COUNTIES LEAGUE: (posted around 8pm on Tuesday 16th January)
'Borrowash Victoria have informed the League that owing to the resignation of their team manager they are unable to fulfil their fixture with Holbrook Sports tomorrow evening (Wednesday) and it is unlikely that Saturday's match at Barrow Town will take place. A formal resignation has not however been submitted and a decision on that is expected before the weekend.

Players currently registered with Borrowash Victoria remain members of that club until any resignation letter is received or a player is transferred by normal protocols.

*Further information will be given as it is received.'