Today, I headed 45 miles from home, to the Derbyshire area of Spondon, which is home to Borrowash Victoria of the East Midlands League. Now firstly before I begin, I must say how ridiculously hard it is to find the ground.
I arrived at where the sat nav said at 2.45, but found nothing. I drove around the area, asked 3 sets of locals, 2 sent me to a local park where I found a playground. Eventually, I was directed to the general area who even then gave me the wrong instructions , I found a green gate with a long abandoned social club that was boarded up, beyond that was the ground, confusing to say the least. I was accompanied by Trotterhopper on a rare outing. On arrival at the ground, we were relieved of £2 , and told the gate man of my troubles but showed no reaction, Trotterhopper then mentioned about them getting a sign up but his response was to tell us Belper had just hit the bar… ok then.
Borrowash have had a torrid time so far in the league losing all ten opening games while Belper have had a average start. These sides met in a cup game in the week which they managed to draw 0-0.
The ground is called The Anderson Electrical Arena, and is better than expected. A decent stand and seating/covered standing behind. It also has a small bar and food hut. The game was pretty good to once I got on.Belper on the blue, took the lead on 23 minutes, running down the right and Curtis Williamson heading in on the line. They were 2-0, on 27 minutes,Sam Vickers converting a low half volley from 20 yards. The punishment kept coming though on 41 minutes, Ryan Baker taking the ball to the corner of the box and squeezing the ball past the keeper in a slow rolling action.The second half was a bit different, much more slow. The Vics though showed some fight with two quick goals, first Troy Carty squeezing a bobbling shot beyond the out of position keeper before Jordan McCourt hit a 20 yard low shot beyond the static keeper. They were undone though by what looked to be an offside goal as he raced away and squeezed the ball in at the near post . Victoria’s keeper made some smart saves to keep the score down. A decent way to mark Non League Day. After the game we had a pint at the quite decent Harrington Arms in near by Elverston.
Admission – £2 Attendance – unsure possibly 120