Borrowash Victoria AFC

Borrowash Victoria AFC

Updated 13th April: A local digest for all things Borrowash Vics from the past month.

Anstey Nomads 1-2 Borrowash Victoria – Tuesday 11 April
East Midlands Counties League
Borrowash Victoria were in action on Tuesday night with another catch up game scheduled, this time at Leicestershire side Anstey Nomads.  Marko Markelic will be keen for his side to make something of a number of games in hand after a long spell of the club lingering around mid-table in the East Midlands Counties League.

Behind to the hosts by the first half whistle, the second half saw goals at opposite ends of the half carry the borough side to victory.  First up, Celson Patricino slotted the ball home a matter of just four minutes after the second half had got underway.

With a point looking more and more likely as the final minutes ebbed away, Kirk Francis had other ideas and used the final minute of regular time to deal a blow to the home side by scoring a Vics winner.

Fans, players and management will hope for more points gathered by the end of the season for an end of the season flourish.

Borrowash Victoria 1-1 Holbrook Sports – Saturday 8 April
East Midlands Counties League
Despite some promising results, Marko Markelic’s Borrowash Victoria side have lingered long in mid-table, struggling to find enough results  both of their own and from elsewhere, to climb the table.

Their predicament is not helped by a number of postponements, particularly of home league games meaning that they must play catch up before the season is out, and were the Vics to gather some reasonable results, there is a chance of an end of season sprint up the table.

Amid glorious sunshine on Saturday, the Vics welcomed Holbrook Sports from the West side of Derby but found themselves one goal down by the half time whistle, the goal coming from the spot four minutes from the break.

It took the Vics until thirteen minutes from the end of regular time to register an equaliser – from open play, Meads was the man to secure a point for his side, a bit of ball work being the result and from a shot saved and a spot of pinball in the Holbrook danger zone, Meads did what he had to do to slot the ball home.  For now though, that point left them in an unlucky for them, thirteenth place, but as we said, with games to catch up on over the coming days and weeks.

Borrowash Victoria 1-2 Dunkirk FC – Wednesday 5 April
East Midlands Counties League
Borrowash Victoria are playing fixture catch up after bad weather led to a number of postponements.   An opportunity to chalk off another match came on Wednesday night with the visit of Dunkirk to The Bowl from across the county border.

The visitors had the first chance of note and it came just inside the opening half hour – Chaplin in space and odds on to beat the Vics keeper but took a few steps too far and was eventually caught by Ross.  But four later, Dunkirk did take the lead – Maddison’s corner returned – he crossed to Adrian Laing who found the corner of the home side net on 32 minutes

Dunkirk continued to bring the game to the Vics as Berridge evaded a marker from the left before firing wide, and shortly afterwards, a header from Clark was hacked off the line before Laing put the return over.

Still the pressure came, Chaplin in space again before the Vics avoided conceding a second, despite continuing pressure – 1-0 to Dunkirk at the break.

The Vics came out fighting for the second half, but Francis fired an early shot over the bar but moments later, came a scare as Berridge sent a strong drive which was dropped by the Vics keeper but gathered at the second opportunity.

The hour mark passed with Idris Kabongo being replaced by Mthbisi Mlauzi and it proved to be an inspired and timely change as, eight minutes later, Marko Markelic’s men were back on level terms – Mlauzi the scorer after a good ball in wasn’t dealt with by the Dunkirk backline, a cross finding its way through to be put in.

Being on level terms lasted all of three minutes though, Berridge again involved in the Dunkirk attack, chasing a loose ball down, connecting with Clark who found Chaplin to score.

Again Markelic sought to freshen the side up in the closing period and brought on Livingston for Fitzhugh, but in reply, Dunkirk saw an effort cleared off the line before they brought on a sub of their own – Mlauzi had another opportunity to level the game but shot straight at the keeper, and with seven to go, came another chance for 2-2 – Dunkirk looking stretched, Carty fired across goal and went wide.

Still pressing for that equaliser, with three to go, again the Vics had a chance to level, but this opportunity was also missed -  Carty set off down the right and sent a cross which evaded a charging Mlauzi by inches.

A frenetic end to end finish to the game came with Parton played in by Lang for Dunkirk, whose shot smashed against the Vics crossbar and was put over by the same player.   Lots of action – but no more goals, Borrowash Victoria left rueing chances to nick at least a point and possibly more.

Borrowash Victoria 5-1 Holwell Sports – Saturday 1 April
East Midlands Counties League
For a change, Mother Nature was kind to Borrowash Victoria and, for once, gave her recent game of throwing copious amounts of water on The Bowl surface a rest, instead allowing good sunny spells and a game to go ahead in the South West of the borough as Holwell Sports came to visit.

The Vics have a game of catch up to play due to the number of postponements in recent days and this will see a busy few weeks and weekday fixtures for Marko Markelic’s side.

By the half time whistle, the Vics were two-nil to the good through strikes from Patricino on 25 and Fitzhugh from the spot on 34.  The second half saw the same player secure a brace for the fixture with his second three minutes after the hour and with the manager’s family member Sacha Markelic adding a fourth three minutes later, and Mlauzi with another on 71, the only fly in the proverbial ointment was that the visitors – Holwell – did manage to score a consolation.

That conceded goal may well have rankled with the manager but either way, the scoreline and extent of victory must have more than made up for that.

Kimberley Miners Welfare 2-3 Borrowash Victoria – Saturday 18 March
East Midlands Counties League
As we’ve already reported, borough football was in danger of being heavily affected by a deluge of rainfall in the run up to action last Saturday, and this was particularly the case at Kimberley Miners Welfare where Marko Markelic took his Borrowash Victoria side at the weekend.

As early as 9am, the hosts tweeted that there were no pitch concerns ahead of the game, but this was before a heavy burst of rain in the hour or so before kick-off, however, the referee declared that action could get underway.

By the half time whistle, the Vics found themselves 1-0 down and during the break, it was deemed necessary to conduct another pitch inspection – the surface at The Stag looking rutted, pitted, muddy and slippery.  Officials worked some magic and after that, the referee determined that action could resume, the Vics with a deficit to overturn.

Scott Bailey put the home side ahead five minutes before the break but it took until 12 minutes from the full-time whistle for Rhoadri Meads to find an equaliser for the borough side.  However, the fight to get anything from the game went to the very end of the 90 minutes, Felix Hogg putting Kimberley back into the lead five from time.

But Borrowash Victoria rallied and snatched victory from the jaws of defeat following the late, late show.  That victory came solely from the feet and energy of Michael Fitzhugh who netted a quick brace on 89 and 90 to stun the home side.

As a consolation, Markelic’s men left the away team changing room in almost spotless condition – anyone would have thought that they hadn’t been there – but Kimberley players and management certainly knew that they had!

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.