AEI ran out comfortable winners in a match which was uncannily similar to their pre Christmas visit to Coventrians; the visiting team again could only muster 14 players and were further reduced by half-time through injury and were unable to cope with the home team’s pace on the ball and support play.
Having played poorly throughout March, AEI were keen to get back to winning ways and prove that they have the credentials to win the league on merit rather than through opposition forfeitures. To that end AEI started the brighter and were first on the scoreboard after rampaging runs from the AEI pack and then quick passing down the line allowed John Stretton to stroll in after 10 minutes. AEI’s inability to play to the whistle meant that Coventrians were able to make full use of penalty advantage to even the scores soon after.
However this was the bright note in an otherwise defensive display by Coventrians in the face of increasingly confident handling and sniping runs from all AEI players. Things took a turn for the worse when Coventrians fly half was injured and AEI took full advantage to avenge their away defeat with Tim Udall, Nathan Yeung and Steve Brown all demonstrating that good support is the key to winning matches.
With the halftime score 22-5, Coventrians down to 12 men and scrums being uncontested, the result was a formality; a quick chat between captains and referee resulted in AEI securing the win and then lending 3 players to Coventrians to make the second half more competitive.
However, the reshuffling of AEI’s lineup meant that more pace was added to the backline and 3 game novice Joe Adams was able to emulate his more experienced namesake Joe Bott (2) in adding their names to the scoresheet. The scoring was rounded off by Gareth Bott and Lee Clark to record an emphatic win and keep AEI well and truly in the hunt for top spot.
With only one more league game and a tour match remaining on fixture card, the AEI will be looking to finish the season as strongly as they began it.