Saturday 20th October
Furness 2nds 39 -
Saturday saw Furness A team take the field for the first time in a couple of years against a Cockermouth team missing a few but who travelled nevertheless. With Furness making up the shortfall the game kicked off in perfect rugby conditions. Referee Les Hall was an imposing figure in the middle of the park, resplendent in a fetching shade of blue, shorts billowing in the breeze. Furness were first on the scoreboard when Phil Hayward scorched over from 75 metres out leaving a trail of Cockermouth players in his wake. This was soon followed by Furness's second try of the day from Will Mallinson, whose successful conversion made it Furness 12 Cockermouth 0.
Furness centre Tom Brannon was next on the scoreboard with a typically well taken try followed shortly thereafter by Adam McLarnon with his first of the day. Despite the heroic efforts of 57 year old Don Budgen, taking time out from his role as the Lollipop Kings representative at the Court of the Wizard of Oz, Cockermouth were reeling from the blows and another Furness try this time from Stuart Cartmel had them well and truly on the ropes. With Brannon going over for another a rout was on the cards. However a half time reshuffle evened things up and if Furness were expecting a repeat of the first half they were going to be disappointed. Two tries, one converted, brought the score back to Furness 34 Cockermouth 12 before McLarnon went over for his second of the day.
Final score Furness 39 Cockermouth 12. Well done to both sides for an entertaining game, sympathetically handled by Les Hall. Particular thanks to Jeff Peet and his men for making the effort, even though a few short. We will do our utmost to return the favour later in the season. Finally thanks to Col While and Gwynny for rallying the Furness troops for what will hopefully turn out to be the first of a number of A team fixtures this season