Not­ting­ham stu­dents are the kings of Sher­wood

The Jewish Chronicle - - SPORT -

FOOT­BALL Not­ting­ham Univer­sity Jewish So­ci­ety foot­ball team have been crowned cham­pi­ons of their Sun­day League Di­vi­sion One.

They now face a show­down against the win­ners of the In­tra Mu­ral Satur­day League Di­vi­sion One for the right to rep­re­sent the Univer­sity against Lough­bor­ough Univer­sity.

The side, cre­ated at the be­gin­ning of the aca­demic year in Oc­to­ber, got off to an out­stand­ing start in the Se­mes­ter One League, win­ning their first six games on the bounce, which in­cluded 10-2 and 5-0 vic­to­ries.

Un­for­tu­nately, the team lost the fi­nal game, leav­ing them sec­ond in the ta­ble.

This was enough to en­sure pro­mo­tion to the top di­vi­sion f or Se­mes­ter Two.

They trav­elled down to Birm­ing­ham for an ill-tem­pered “friendly” against a Birm­ing­ham JSOC XI in Jan­uary, be­fore the start of the cur­rent league.

The game ended in a penalty shootout vic­tory for Birm­ing­ham, and com­plaints over the state of the pitch. The re­turn leg is much an­tic­i­pated amongst the Not­ting­ham play­ers.

The new league started with a bang for Not­ting­ham with a 5-1 vic­tory, and the team were un­beaten go­ing into the fi­nal game. A vic­tory would have guar­an­teed league suc­cess, but the team went down to only their sec­ond com­pet­i­tive de­feat of the year.

For­tu­nately, their near­est ri­vals were un­able to take ad­van­tage, draw­ing their fi­nal game, leav­ing Not­ting­ham JISOC cham­pi­ons.

The team will face the win­ners of the Satur­day League Di­vi­sion One on April 15.

The vic­tors will then have the hon­our of rep­re­sent­ing the Univer­sity against the best team at Lough­bor­ough Univer­sity in a “Grand Slam Show­down.”

Goal­keeper Ben Shel­don, the stu­dent who put the JSOC team to­gether, said: “At the be­gin­ning of the sea­son it was great to even have a team.

“No­body could ever have pre­dicted that we would win the league in our first sea­son— a truly re­mark­able feat.”

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