AEI Rugby v Christ the King

2.15pm  13 May 2017

Coventry Alliance, Premier Division
AEI Rugby 1 Christ the King 1 (att 285)

I don't know if it's down to luck, or the skill of the Coventry Alliance fixtures secretary, but this was the second time in three seasons that I've been able to enjoy a winner-takes-all title decider in the final game of the season.

Last time a draw between Folly Lane and Whitnash meant neither won the league, and the title went instead to AEI Rugby. This time, once again, a draw was enough for AEI, who kicked off with a one point advantage over Christ the King.

With so much at stake, and a large crowd gathered to watch, it was a slightly disappointing game. AEI had the better of a goalless first half, but Christ the King began the second period in a more determined mood.

They couldn't create a clear chance though, and when the home side scored a well-worked goal with around 20 minutes remaining it seemed they'd done enough. The visitors hit back within a couple of minutes to keep things interesting, but they couldn't find a winner and title went to AEI Rugby.

They play a new-looking and very impressive facility that is home to Rugby Town Junior, predominantly a youth team outfit.

There's an enclosed all-weather pitch that will apparently be home to a newly-formed Rugby Borough FC next season, in the Midland League, but AEI play on an adjacent grass pitch that is enclosed by a sturdy plastic post and rail fence and has a pair of dugouts.

An enjoyable afternoon, and I await the next Coventry Alliance title decider with anticipation.

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