Match Reports

Saturday 13th January

Millom 7 - 46  Furness

    It was an unfamiliar, bitterly cold easterly wind that greeted Furness at Wilson Park. Furness approached the game with some confidence and a strong looking side. Those spectators brave enough to leave the warmth of the clubhouse were greeted by the slightly unnerving sight of referee Ciaron Trainor in sheer black tights doing a passable impression of an aging Billy Elliott. Furness started the game much the stronger side and it wasn't long before scrum half Sam Dutton went over in the corner following good work by Adam Nicholson and Joe Mallinson. The missed conversion made it Milom 0 Furness 5. It was all Furness for the rest of the half but unfortunately the almost constant pressure that Millom were under couldn't be converted into points due to a combination of over eagerness on the part of the Furness players and, dare it be suggested, over zealousness on the part of the man in the middle, a condition possibly brought on by the tightness of his under garments. With half time rapidly approaching Furness were rewarded with a penalty in front of the sticks, successfully dispatched by Dutton to give Furness an eight point lead, barely reflecting their overall superiority.

    The second half started much as the first had finished and it wasn't long before Furness increased their lead when Rhys Studt charged down a Millom kick, running half the length of the pitch unopposed to score under the posts. The conversion made it Millom 0 Furness 15. A yellow card for James Tyson five minutes later gave Millom a bit of a boost and just when it looked like Furness had weathered the storm Millom managed to squeeze over for a try . The conversion brought the gap back to eight points. Equilibrium was however restored virtually straightaway when Studt skinned the Millom right winger to go over for his second try of the day. Any thoughts that Millom may have had of getting back into the game were effectively put to rest when their excitable prop was banished to the touchline for ten minutes for two unsuccessful attempts to punch Furness players in full view of the referee. Almost immediately Furness scored their fourth and bonus point try of the day when Nicholson finished off a length of the field move he'd started on the Furness try line aided and abetted by Ryan Cunningham and Rhys Humphreys. Furness were flying now and as if Millom weren't suffering enough introduced their secret weapon in the well padded shape of 57 year old veteran Craig McQuistan. McQuistan was soon into the action, moving with the speed and grace of an asthmatic badger, and it was no surprise when he trundled  over for his first try in Furness colours. Dutton's conversion made it Millom 7 Furness 32. Another good Furness move saw winger Cunningham, playing his last game in Furness colours, go over in the corner. Dutton's excellent touchline conversion made it Millom 7 Furness 39. There was still time for a further score however and Studt rounded off a good afternoon's work when he went over for his third, and Furness's seventh try. A straightforward conversion made the final score Millom 7 Furness 46.

    A good day all round for Furness in what is effectively the build up to what is likely to be the defining match of the season in 3 weeks time at Whitehaven.