Match Reports

Saturday 9th December

Furness 36  Silloth 17

   In bitterly cold conditions at Furness the game eventually kicked off 30 minutes late, the opposition having encountered delays on the long journey down from Silloth. A much changed Furness team was soon into its stride however and after good work by stand off Adam Nicholson, centre Tez Nueto went over in the corner for the first try of the day. The missed conversion made it Furness 5 Silloth 0 after 10 minutes. Unfortunately Furness found it difficult to break down an obdurate Siloth team who made it quite clear that they hadn't just come along to make up the numbers and a yellow card for Nueto and poor execution by Furness did little to provide any festive cheer for the home crowd. A successful penalty by Silloth made it 5-3 to the home side with 30 minutes on the clock.

   Furness then enjoyed their most productive spell of the afternoon, starting with a try by captain Corne Els, followed in close succession by second tries for Els and Nueto.  Two conversions made the half time score 24-3. The second half started pretty much as the first had finished with a further Furness try from Rhys Humphreys after good work by Rhys Studt back in his familiar back row slot. Nicholson's conversion made it 31-3. This was the point at which Furness appeared to decide that the game was won. Unfortunately for them Silloth had other ideas and possibly sensing that Furness had taken their foot off the gas came back strongly, scoring two converted tries in the gathering gloom. With ten minutes left on the clock, very little ball to play with and a heavy penalty count against them (again) Furness had a fight on their hands. Conditions were by now very difficult with a heavy pitch and little daylight left. There was still time however for a further Furness try, somewhat against the run of play, when Studt intercepted a loose Silloth pass and sprinted 70 metres to touch down under the posts making the final score 36-17 to the home side.

   The try bonus point coupled with results elsewhere and postponements put Furness back to second top in the league, a position they will do well to preserve when they face Workington away next week. If they are to succeed they need to play more like a team rather than a collection of individuals who happen to meet up now and again to play rugby. Time spent brushing up on the laws of the game wouldn't go amiss either.

That doesn’t look straight Craig

Corne Celebrates the try - Not so the opposition

Tez fly's over for his try

Alex Browns - No Try