Furness Chairman and grounds man Chris Reid had done an excellent job in ensuring that the Strawberry Grounds were in tip top condition for Furness's opening fixture of the new season in the newly formed Cumbria League 2. There was nothing new in the opposition though, in the very familiar shape of Egremont.
With the odd exception it was two young looking sides that took to the pitch. Furness were first on the scoreboard with a penalty from a rejuvenated Will Hetherington, who had clearly put the failure of his X Factor audition behind him. Egremont soon responded however with a well taken try followed shortly afterwards by a further try from an intercepted pass. Two well taken conversions gave the visitors a deserved 14-
Furness started the second half as they'd finished the first and it wasn't long before a try from Alex (Poirot) Brown, again unconverted, put them in the lead for the first time. This seemed to galvanise Egremont into action and with their stand off and number 8 to the fore they soon replied with a try of their own. The conversion made it Egremont 21 Furness 18 and with Furness on the rack it was only a fumbled pass following a Brown intervention that prevented another Egremont try.
Furness were by no means finished and with number 8 Will Mallinson skilfully controlling operations from the back of the scrum and in open play it wasn't long before the natural order was restored when Iestyn Humphreys went over for a well taken try followed by Holmes crossing for his second. With Hetherington successful with both conversions Furness were almost out of sight at 32-
So not a bad all round performance but there's still plenty of work to be done. A good effort from Danny Speers playing in the second row who was adjudged man of the match. Sympathy to Jordan Ashton for a broken collar bone. Last but not least a big thank you to the youthful referee Mike Firby whose quiet control of proceedings made for an incident free game.
Saturday 1st September
Furness 37 Egremont 21