14 January 2012, AEI 3, Broadstreet IV 41


Broadstreet, desperate to gain some measure of revenge, made full use of their squad to line up with almost an entirely changed starting 15 in their victory against the home team. As bravely as AEI battled, gaining at least parity in the scrums, the writing was on the wall when the visitors scored almost from the kick off and continued to use their power and pace to break the line throughout the first half.

Facing a vastly different team compared to their win earlier in the season, AEI were unable to secure enough possession or territory to really threaten the Broadstreet line and were time and again forced onto the back foot (with man of the match Tim Udall using his decades of experience to slow down Broadstreet ball) in a first half that finished 0-31: the first time AEI had been held scoreless in 40 minutes this season.

Having had a chance to gather their breath and make some changes in the team, AEI put on a much better display in the second half and showed some spirit which will serve them well for the rest of the season. With the result never really in doubt, AEI were able to at least prevent a whitewash with Gareth Bott converting a simple penalty in front of the posts.

Having played their toughest league opponents twice and come away with half of the spoils, the AEI must view the rest of 2012 as an opportunity to build on a successful 2011 and finish off the league calendar on a much more positive note than it began.