Saturday 29th September
Moresby 0 -
(Abandoned after 34 Minutes -
Yet another frustrating Saturday for team coach Dai Humphrey’s with only a bare 15 willing and able to make the trip to Moresby. Nevertheless the squad had a good look to it, none more so than Tom Brannon who bucked the trend for pre-
With Hon Pres Mallinson at the wheel of the team bus, resplendent in the early autumn sunshine, the team enjoyed an uneventful trip up the coast, stopping only at Gosforth to replenish pie stocks.
The usual cross field wind was blowing across Moresby' s pitch with most of the early action taking place on the far side of the pitch. Furness started brightly and were looking the most likely to score, when, against the run of play, a speculative kick through resulted in a charge down and what appeared from distance to be a touch down for a Moresby try. The referee however had other ideas and after a few moments of indecision awarded Furness a 22 drop out. A wake up call for Furness who, with Rhys Studt running well from full back, immediately upped their game. And it was following a Studt break from deep that Alex Mason was on hand to score the first try of the afternoon just to the left of the posts. Studt's conversion made it Moresby 0 Furness 7 with 20 minutes gone.
Furness's attempts to build on their lead were repeatedly thwarted by the heavy penalty count against them from the fledgling referee. There was no excuse however for Moresby's try which came from a half hearted Furness chase and some weak tackling. The missed conversion left Furness with a two point lead with half time approaching -
The game then took a dramatic turn for the worse following a midfield collision between Furness centre Sam Attard and the Moresby stand off. Both players were prone on the ground, clearly both in severe pain, particularly the Moresby player. Both players were made as comfortable as possible until the arrival of two ambulances an hour or so later. After receiving treatment from the attending paramedics both players were taken off to the nearby West Cumbrian Infirmary. Sam was fortunately able to make the journey home last night and whilst there is no information regarding the condition of the Moresby player, at best he appears to have a broken tibia. It was no surprise when the referee abandoned the game with 34 minutes on the clock. All at Furness wish the Moresby player well. It's never pleasant to see a fellow player seriously injured.
On a lighter note aging and balding Furness scrum half, Craig McQuistan, no stranger to the wilder extremes of West Cumbria, expressed frustration at the unexpected turn of events, remarking that the game had ended just as he had adjusted to the pace of the game, a view possibly not shared by his long suffering team mates.
Possibly a little unfair to single out Furness players but Studt played well and James Tyson, making a welcome return, stole some good ball in the lineout. Not a bad performance all round particularly with three of last year's back row playing in the three quarters.
After a brief stop at the Broughton beer festival it was all back on the Furness fun bus for the final leg of the journey home, punctuated only by the usual piss stop every three miles for the weak bladdered squad.
A disappointing day for McQuistan was enlivened by his excitement in becoming the first person to use the club's new contactless payment system. 'Contactless' he said, ' just like my rugby'!!