University of Liverpool Football Coordinator and undergraduate student, Matt Addison, provides an update on campus league and cup positions as we approach the halfway point in the year:
‘With 41 11-a-side teams competing across four leagues on Sundays and Wednesdays, the University’s Campus football competition is well underway.
Approaching Christmas, most teams are almost halfway through their league campaign, with the first round of the Campus Cup completed too, and a smattering of second round ties played.
In Wednesday’s Division One, Engineering Wednesday and Mathletico Madrid are the early leaders, with History Blues and Politics A the main chasers.
The biggest scoreline from any league so far this year came when Mathletico Madrid beat Computer Science by 18 goals to one!
Mathletico’s Sam Jeffries, who plays on a Sunday and a Wednesday for his team, is the Wednesday league’s top goalscorer as it stands, having got seven goals in five games.
He said: “We are doing very well in leading the Sunday division and are in contention for the Wednesday league, which is good considering it seems to be much more competitive this year.”
In Division Two, Politics B are the current league leaders and are the only team to have played five matches and remain unbeaten.
Morton House FC are the closest challengers to Politics B, with Life Science and Red City hot on their heels.
George Dick of Morton House leads the goal scoring charts with an impressive eight strikes in five games.
Ron Koo, captain of Red City, said: “Campus football has been one of the most enjoyable times during my university life. This year, Red City has managed to find some new players who are committed to winning and we are sitting just a few points off the top.
“Hopefully we can take this early season momentum and have a good rest of the season”.
Kieran Garrard, captain of first-placed Politics B, added: “This is now my seventh year playing campus football, having played through my undergraduate degree, masters and now during my PhD.
“The Politics department has grown massively in the last few years, giving us a lot more players to choose from, resulting in this year’s group being the best I’ve played with.
“We’ve had a good start and I’m hopeful we can continue to improve and put in a title challenge, and hopefully retain the Campus Cup we won last year.”
Mathletico Madrid are also the early leaders in Sunday’s Division One. They are the only team in their league still unbeaten, and have a 100 per cent record having played four of their nine games.
DEF Squad, Politics Sunday and Engineering Sunday make up the rest of the top four.
In Division Two, Convocation and Politics B Sunday are joint-leaders early in the season, with Rankin Veterans the closest challengers, and with two games in hand on both sides.
In mid-table, the likes of Viva Ken Barlow, Chemistry FC and 50 Shades of Yellow are all closely matched and fighting to move up the league.
Athletico International, Morton House FC, Chemistry FC and Law FC are among the teams who remain in the Campus Cup.
The league will resume at the end of January at the conclusion of the examination period, with round three of the Campus Cup scheduled for early February. The final has been provisionally booked in at Wyncote Sports Grounds in the final teaching week of the academic year.
You can view the league tables and cup formats for all campus sports at www.full-time.thefa.com by searching for UoL.’
(Image shows Politics B’s squad following a 6-2 win over DEF Squad in mid-October)