Saturday 8th December
Furness 50 -
Old rivals Windermere took to the pitch against Furness in heavy conditions and despite being a man short looked the better side in the opening exchanges with Furness barely resembling the team that played so well at Carlisle the previous week.
It wasn't long however before Furness got into their stride and with stand off Adam Jackson pulling the strings Joe Mallinson got over for a try when he latched onto a Jackson kick through. The successful conversion made it Furness 7 Windermere 0 after 10 minutes. As the weather worsened Furness's play improved however it was another 20 minutes before they got over the Windermere line again this time through captain Corne Els playing in the unaccustomed position of prop. The crowd were then witness to an event likened by some to the second coming of Christ, a penalty awarded to Furness in the opposition half of the field by Furness's in house referee Ciaran Trainor. Play resumed once Ciaran had removed his bushy white beard and fed the reindeer at which point Will Mallinson, back in the pack after several weeks in the backs, went over for Furness's third try, followed a few minutes later by the rejuvenated Alex Brown's first of the day. Half time arrived with Furness 26 points to the good.
After retreating to the changing rooms at half time Furness emerged to find that conditions were much improved unlike what followed. With Furness seeming to sit on their comfortable lead and Windermere unable to do much about it, the play for the next 15 minutes or so could best be described as turgid. Even Ciaran seemed to be affected by the general torpor, missing several opportunities to penalise Furness for minor indiscretions. The natural order was restored when PC Brown of the Yard outstripped the defence to score his second of the day. Shortly afterwards a clever chip through by scrum half Sam Dutton just rolled dead before he had the opportunity to touch it down. With Windermere tiring Furness were soon on the scoreboard again with Will Mallinson scoring under the posts after a generous pass from Adam Jackson who could have scored himself. Furness 40 Windermere 0. Neither side was finished. Windermere continued to press and Furness looked as though they might struggle to keep them out. Sound defence however turned into attack and two further tries from Brown and Els made the final score Furness 50 Windermere 0.
Not a bad performance from the blues with several players playing out of position and two old stagers in the pack in the well padded shapes of Messrs Benn and McQuistan. Benn in particular defied the years with his electrifying pace with McQuistan not far behind despite the impediment of a badly broken nose, sustained apparently when seeking to infiltrate a termite mound in the United Arab Emirates. You couldn't make it up!!