Joe Mallinson scored twice as Furness consolidated third place in Cumbria Division Two with a resounding 38-13 victory at home to Moresby last Saturday.

Despite the wet and windy weather, there was a good crowd at the Strawberry Grounds, where the visitors were always going to be up against it, having travelled to Barrow with only 15 players.

Furness controlled the game from the start and struck early when Alex Brown backed up a strong run by Mallinson to go over before a penalty put Moresby on the board.

The hosts went into half-time 14-3 ahead when Mallinson bulldozed his way over following a five-metre scrum and, after another Moresby penalty, he claimed his second of the afternoon when he got on the end of Adam Jackson’s kick through.

The bonus point was then secured by captain Corne Els, but several other try-scoring opportunities were going by the wayside due to some poor decision-making.

Things did manage to click when Els broke through the visitors’ defensive line and supplied the pass that allowed Peter Rimmer to mark his home debut with a score.

A sixth try was then added when makeshift winger Jack Budgen stepped past the defence, with veteran scrum-half Craig McQuistan kicking the conversion, before Moresby ran in a late consolation.

Millom were just edged out by Egremont, who have closed to within three points of them in the table, with a game in hand, following a narrow 20-13 defeat.

Windermere were unable to prevent leaders Silloth from extending their 100 per cent record to 12 games, as they were comfortably beaten 29-0.