Borrowash Victoria AFC

Borrowash Victoria AFC

Updated 18th August: A local digest for all things Borrowash Victoria from Erewash Sound SPORT...

Radford FC 3-6 Borrowash Victoria – Saturday 12th August
East Midlands Counties League
It is arguably a cliché but the phrase “Get your shooting boots on” was totally applicable on Saturday as Borrowash Victoria embarked on match number three of their East Midlands Counties League season, making the short trip to Nottinghamshire to take on Radford FC.

A sign of how this match might end came at the half time break upon which, Marko Markelic’s men were enjoying a 1-4 lead. Kirk Francis opened the scoring after just 10 minutes, whilst Mark Green began a path that would ultimately earn him a form of hero status by the end of the day with his first goal after 15 minutes.   Simeon Lawrence was on the score sheet five minutes after the half hour, and with 39 minutes gone, Green scored from the spot. A 1-4 away scoreline stood at the break due to a Jake Morris strike for Radford mid-way through the first half.

The second half held more goals for fans to relish – Joe Meakin scoring three before the hour and with twenty minutes to go, but Josh Ross resumed the scoring the Vics two minutes later.   Meanwhile, having stood one shy of a hat-trick since the 35th minute, Mark Green finished off a nine goal thriller with his third goal two before the end of regular time.

A little lacking at the back, but making up for it at the other end, the Vics finished the day in tenth after three games, a win, a draw and a defeat amongst them, the goal difference leaving them with just +1 after goals conceded in the season opener (2-0 loss to Holbrook and that 2-2 draw that followed against Barrow.

Borrowash Victoria 2-2 Barrow Town – Saturday 5th August
East Midlands Counties League
Borrowash Victoria sneaked under the proverbial radar on the last Saturday in July being one of only a handful of clubs to have a fixture ahead of everyone else.  The game ended in a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Holbrook Sports, now managed by former Vics boss Mark Wilson.

So with the opening day blip consigned to recent history, the Vics joined in with what was otherwise the opening day of the 2017-18 season with a home game against Barrow Town FC.

Things got off to a flying start.  With only three minutes on the clock, Idris Kabongo netted to put the Vics ahead and there were only five minutes more on the clock when O’Connell’s shot found the net for a 2-0 lead.

Marko Markelic must have been quite pleased with the start but with so much time left in the game, there was always a chance that the visitors would get back into the game and that is exactly what happened.  By the half time whistle, Barrow had narrowed the deficit to 2-1 and by the end of the 90, they’d done enough to find an equaliser whilst the early charge from the VIcs had petered out after such an early peak.

One defeat and one draw, one point on the board – that’s how Borrowash Victoria are placed – work to do then it seems for Markelic and his men.

Borrowash Victoria 0-2 Holbrook Sports - Saturday 29th July 2017
East Midlands Counties League

Borrowash Victoria got their 2017-18 football season off in almost covert style last weekend when they welcomed Holbrook Sports to The Bowl.  There were only four league fixtures and one cup encounter on the day with things getting underway in full over the course of the following weekend.

However, Marko Markelic's men were slow out of the blocks, succumbing to an opening day defeat to Holbrook Sports now managed by former Vics boss Mark Wilson.

104 spectators witnessed what turned out to be a somewhat bad tempered affair as far as the Vics were concerned.  There were no goals until a minute from time when Scott Staniland put the Brookies ahead - Stuart Baker making sure of things with a Sports second after 72 minutes.

The match was littered with cards, most of them going to Vics players, a sign of some opening day frustration on a day when much more would have been hoped for.  In addition to Sports' Luke Tozer's yellow, Vics players Troy Carty and Brandon Gwinnutt were shown reds, Kirk Francis also seeing a yellow, a sign that Markelic might need to address some early season disciplinary matters.