Perfect 10 for the Vics
With no Championship football this weekend, I wandered up the road to see Borrowash Victoria at home to Barrow Town in the East Midlands Counties League. The Vics have been on fire this season coming in to the game top of the league with nine straight victories.
Borrowash had a decent finish to a generally mediocre campaign last season and then acquired literally half a new team from Holbrook Sports who had been involved briefly in the promotion shake-up last season. The net result is that the Vics are now top of the league with Holbrook struggling.
Football at this level is a completely different experience to the professional game and its
easy to see how non-league fanatics get hooked. The clubhouse at half-time is always a highlight, having a pint and watching TV for all the scores. Yes, you can do that at Pride Park but it feels less like your front room there.
As it happened, it was a perfect autumn day on Saturday that was more like late summer. I got into conversation wandering around the ground (last done at professional football sometime around 1985) and spent the second half sharing rounds whilst propping my pint on the perimeter fence. Not having a booze-up but simply watching the match as most people watch cricket. For the record Borrowash won 2-0.
Despite the downfall of Ilkeston Town, there is quite a lot of interest happening in local football at the moment. On the other side of the city, Mickleover Sports’ rapid rise up the pyramid has them now pitched against the likes of FC Halifax Town (the “new” Halifax Town) and FC United, who Mickleover beat in front of 1000 at home last week. In the north of the county, Alfreton Town are storming away at the top of the Conference North. If they keep this up, they could be playing the likes of Mansfield, Wrexham, Darlington, York, Luton and Grimsby next season. Unbelievable really.
Next time you get a spare Saturday, you could do worse than take in a local match if you don’t already.