RUGBY Borough finished off their season on Saturday with a 3-2 victory away to Ellistown, where they were finally got their hands on the Leicestershire Senior League Premier Division title.
The visitors were presented with a customary guard of honour to celebrate their league success by Ellistown prior to kick-off, in a game where both sides showed plenty of grit for an end-of-season game.
But it was Borough who opened the scoring, taking a seventh-minute lead after Adam Shaw received a quick throw and burst down the right flank, crossing for Aiden Print to convert.
Ellistown though, forced Jack Tregartha into an excellent double save, reminding the champions they were not going to take their losing position lightly.
And so it proved, as Kai Smalley hit a 20th minute leveller, before Adam Gretton sent the hosts in at half-time a goal to the good, when lobbing Tregartha from way out.
Borough required a second-half response, and despite failing to fashion many clear chances, drew level with ten minutes remaining.
Tommy Glasscoe equalised from a corner, before Rugby took all three points at the death.
A free-kick on the edge of the area was swept into the postage stamp by Sam Beasley with just two minutes to play – sparking frantic scenes of celebration on the pitch.
That atmosphere continued after the game upon the trophy presentation, whilst the club announced their end of season award winners, with Luke Pritchard winning the supporter’s player of the year.
Josh Turton won goal of the season, Joe Taplin took home the manager’s player of the year award whilst Tommy Glasscoe was voted the players’ player of the year.
Borough still have a final game of the season to look forward to, as they compete in the Coventry Charity Cup final against Coventry Alvis at the Ricoh Arena later this month.
The showpiece on Wednesday May 22 (7:30pm) will be ticketed at £5 for adults, and £3 for concessions, with refreshments and bar facilities made available at the stadium.