Varsity Football Ratings: Which Fitz star earned a 9/10 with MOTM show for Cambridge?

VARSITY FOOTBALL: Light Blues player ratings after their victory on Sunday

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The Tab follow up Sunday’s dramatic Varsity Football victory with a more in depth analysis of the Cambridge team. The Light Blues won 4-2 on penalties after a competitive but goalless draw.

130th Football Varsity Match. Craven Cottage.

Anthony Childs (Captain)  8.5/10

Composed thought the game, Childs at centre-mid was able to produce chances for Cambridge and track back to help thwart Oxford’s attacks. Crucially, he was also able to convert Cambridge’s first penalty in a similar fashion – immediately putting the pressure on Oxford.

Rory Griffiths – 7/10

Griffiths was a constant threat on the left wing. He used his pace to great effect, maintaining pressure on Oxford’s right-hand side.

James Day  8/10

Much like his counter-part, Smith, Day was crucial in the Cambridge Victory. He stayed solid throughout the game, and was especially influential in helping to hold off the intense Oxford pressure at the end of the 90 minutes.

James Day was solid at centre back.

Solomon Elliot  7/10

At left back Solomon helped to ensure that Oxford presented little threat on their right-hand side; whilst, together with Griffiths, he helped to ensure Oxford’s right back was under constant pressure.

Simon Court  9/10

The Tab Sport Man of the Match was crucial, staying composed and solid throughout the game. Playing at right back, Court made few if any mistakes.

Daniel Forde  7/10

Forde, a player the team were looking to, to make a big difference, was hugely influential on the counter attack – where Cambridge excelled. He helped the team maintain its fluidity and pace.


Captain Childs was instrumental in creating many of the Light Blues’s most dangerous chances.

Haitham Sherif  6.5/10

Despite constantly pressuring the Oxford back four, and unfortunate to not to have more chances, the centre forward was not able to take capitalise on the chances he did have.

Fergus Kent – 8.5/10

The Pembroke goalkeeper, despite a nervous first half, maintained his composure and made a number of crucial saves. In the penalty shootout he was irreplaceable, finger tipping the final Oxford penalty wide to give Cambridge the Varsity victory!

James May – 7/10

Strong throughout, May was composed and unfathomed by the occasion. The third Cambridge penalty taker, he calmly beat the Oxford keeper making it 3-1 and keeping the pressure on.

Kent was the hero for Cambridge.

Chris Hutton  7/10

With play often scrappy, Hutton, the scorer of Cambridge’s second penalty, was able to bring composure and collectiveness into the Cambridge attack – ensuring the Cambridge counterattack was effective.

Mike Smith – 8/10

Playing at centre back, Smith was a strong contender for Man of the Match. He was central to Cambridge’s Victory and for the most part infallible.

John Gorringe (Substitute) – 7/10

Brought on for Forde to take a penalty, Gorringe calmly succeeded in the task he was given.

The Cambridge back four were able to hold off extreme Oxford pressure in the last ten minutes of the game.

Chris Fountain (Substitute)  8/10

Substituted on for Court at right back with four minutes remaining, Fountain stepped up to the plate and helped to ensure Oxford could not score from arguably their best period of play.

Zac Baynham-Herd (Substitute) – 8/10

Coming on for Sherif at centre forward with ten minutes left to play, Baynham-Herd was immediately able to inject pace into the Cambridge attack and present an increased threat to Oxford’s back four.