Saturday 3rd Novemberr
Silloth 57 Furness 5
In an all too depressingly familiar scenario Furness set off to Silloth on their longest journey of the season with 11 men, having at one stage looked like they may have as few as 6. It was the usual bout of last minute cry offs that did the damage, some genuine many more of the 'can't be arsed ' variety . Unsurprisingly it was a pretty subdued bus that finally set off at 11.30, arriving at a wet and windy Silloth 15 minutes before kick off. Fortunately Silloth were very sympathetic to our plight lending us three of their own players to just about even up the numbers.
It was pretty much one way traffic for the first 15 minutes with the home side rattling up three quick tries. The conditions worsened as the game progressed with strong cross winds blowing in off the Irish Sea and driving rain. The Furness travelling support was not downhearted however and with captain Corne Els and Will Mallinson pulling the strings Furness forced their way back into the game. Two more soft tries put Furness further behind however after some good pressure Els forced himself over the try line just before half time. In the temporary absence of a kicking tee stand off Stu Travers, in the finest traditions of the British army, improvised by using his right boot as the tee, narrowly missing the conversion with his stockinged foot.
Half time arrived, with Furness huddling in the dug out for some shelter. By this stage of the game the home support had decided that England v South Africa in the warmth of the clubhouse was much the better option. Furness started the second half brightly and were unlucky to concede an early try from distance. Furness weren't for lying down with the forwards doing good work in retaining possession and working their way up the pitch. Els was finding the going tough having gained 25 kgs during his recent return to South Africa however this didn't stop him treating the crowd (all 3 of them) to his full range of skills including delicate touch finding kicks and an outrageous dummy. Unfortunately all too often the final pass went astray or the line out was lost in very difficult throwing conditions. The hard working Alex Mason, playing with an injury, had to leave the field of play and the already depleted Furness side had to work even harder to keep in the game. Despite their best efforts there wasn't a lot they could do to prevent Silloth running in a few more tries. With the weather worsening the referee decided that enough was enough. Final score Silloth 57 Furness 5. The post match drink off was enlivened by Travs dropping his kecks while drinking thus putting off the opposition.
A word of thanks to all those who travelled: Corne Els, Ben Hughes, Dan Scott, Will Mallinson, Tom Brannon, Andy Brannon, Jordan Ashton, Jack Johnstone, Alex Mason, Kieran Mason and Stu Travers. A great effort lads. As for the rest of the season, those who get nervous at the prospect of playing away from Barrow-