The supporters bus having been cancelled due to lack of interest, the Furness fun bus set off for Millom on a glorious spring day with club President Mallinson at the wheel and Chairman Reid navigating! The evident lack of interest didn't just end with the support, and with a total of 26 players unavailable for various reasons, it was with 14 men that Furness set off. Never an easy fixture at the best of times, it had the makings of a long afternoon ahead.
The game kicked off on a superbly prepared playing surface with a strong cross wind blowing. The heavier Millom pack was soon into its stride and the pattern was set for much of the game, with Millom having the lions share of the ball and Furness defending valiantly. Nevertheless, Millom were by no means getting it all their own way and when Furness did get their hands on the ball they looked dangerous. The pressure on the seven man Furness scrum with its makeshift front row was beginning to tell however and it was no great surprise when Millom ran in two quick tries. Furness heads could have gone down at this point of the game but instead the response was a well worked try for flanker Tom Brannon. Millom responded with a further try to make it Millom 15 Furness 5 at half time.
After an inspiring call to arms from Els at half time Furness conceded another try but if Millom thought they were going to run away with it Furness had other ideas and two more tries from the Blues made for a very interesting score board. Furness's efforts in repelling the grey and brown tide were however beginning to tell and although they defended like their lives depended on it there was no stopping Millom and apart from a well taken Rhyst Studt try Millom's six second half tries made it Millom 45 Funess 20 at the final whistle. An interesting statistic -
The man of the match award deservedly went to Tom Brannon however all the Furness players listed below can be proud of their efforts:
Alex Brown, Chris Beddoes, Adam Armstrong, Sam Attard, Rhys Humphreys, Steve Neale, Jordan Ashton, Dan Scott, Rhys Studt, Corne Els, Alex Mason, Tom Brannon, Tom Breakell and Dillan Taputu.
Finally a word of thanks to Millom for a warm welcome. It's always a pleasure to catch up with Nobby, Duke and Shovey! And a special word of thanks to Millom president and match day sponsor John Benn for the platters of sandwiches -