Furness thrashed old rivals Windermere 50-0 in Cumbria Division Two last Saturday, with Alex Brown scoring three of their eight tries at the Strawberry Grounds.

Windermere only travelled with 14 players and were given an early sign that this was going to be a long afternoon when Joe Mallinson got on the end of Adam Jackson’s kick to open the scoring after ten minutes.

It until the half-hour mark for Furness’ second try to arrive through captain Corne Els, who was playing in an unaccustomed position of prop, before scores by Will Mallinson and Brown stretched the lead to 26-0 at half-time.

After an uneventful first 15 minutes of the second half, Brown got the score ticking over again for the hosts by outstripping the Windermere defence.

Will Mallinson then made it a brace for himself when Jackson put him in under the posts, although the fly-half could have easily finished the move himself.

The depleted visitors pressed to break their duck in the closing stages, but were picked off as they tired, with Brown completing his hat-trick before Els’ second of the afternoon brought up the half-century.

Fourth-placed Furness moved five points clear of Windermere as a result, with Millom now up to sixth after they picked up their third win of the campaign with a hard-fought 17-12 victory at home to Moresby.