Things looking up for Borrowash despite weather delay in FA Vase
IT was hardly a surprise when Borrowash Victoria's FA Vase game fell foul of the weather on Saturday.
Vics should have played Ascot United in the fourth round of the competition but, after a midday inspection on Friday and with the Berkshire opposition having pre-booked an overnight stay in Derby, the decision was made to postpone the game.
Chairman Frazer Watson, who took over from Ian Anderson at the start of this season, said: "Ascot had a coach and hotel booked and so it was only fair to inspect the pitch as early as possible, so that they could notify the travel company to re-arrange.
"Of course the FA Vase is something that we're all so excited about.
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"It's the furthest the club have ever got in the competition – and we're only three games away from playing at Wembley in a televised final with £15,000 up for grabs.
"However, we can't look that far with the Ascot United game still to play."
As well as reaching the fourth round of the Vase, Vics are also into the quarter-finals of both the Derbyshire Senior Cup and the East Midlands Counties League Cup.
They are fourth in the league and suffered only their second defeat in 18 games when they were beaten 4-1 by Ellistown a week ago.
Watson has been delighted with how manager Mark Wilson has transformed Vics in the six years he's been in charge.
"Mark is the best young manager in the region," said Watson.
"There is now a fantastic infrastructure here at Vics and Mark has helped to make that a success.
"We have eight teams this year from under-11s to the senior team – and there are plans for maybe two more next season.
"All our teams are doing well. The under-16s are into their league cup final and we now have junior teams playing at Deans Drive, the former home of Borrowash Victoria.
"The social side, too, is thriving and everyone gets on well together.
"My wife is in charge of catering and Ian Anderson's wife helps to run the bar. It's a real family affair."
Watson says there are plans to develop the Watkinson Construction Bowl and is excited for the club's future.
"Our ground is very highly thought of," added Watson.
"There are plans to develop the ground further and revenue from the FA Vase would go a long way towards helping these plans become a reality."
Vics will try again in the FA Vase on Saturday, with a 3pm kick-off.