A FIGHTBACK from 23 points down with 10 minutes remaining was not enough for Furness as they suffered a derby-day defeat to Millom in Cumbria Two.

Furness made a perfect start at Wilson Park, with a break by Chris Dalton setting up Jack Budgen for an unconverted try out wide on five minutes.

However, Millom hit back with a converted score to go ahead and then the visitors were denied a try when skipper Corne Els was taken out with a high tackle which resulted in a yellow card for the home side.

Millom edged into a 12-5 lead at the break though as Furness were punished for failing to clear their lines and a charged-down kick led to them getting a third try, this time converted, followed by two more in quick succession.

At 33-10 down, Furness rallied and scored three tries in the space of seven minutes to seal the try-scoring bonus point.

Yet there was not enough time left to overhaul Millom’s total and Furness had to be content with picking up the losing bonus point as well.

Elsewhere in the division, a hat-trick from Moses Dawson helped Windermere to a 57-10 victory over Creighton at Dawes Meadow.

Dan Harrison put the hosts ahead early on, followed by Dawson grabbing his first following an interception and Bertie Hodgson kicking the first of five conversions.

Ollie Askew was next over, followed by Bobby Davies adding two just before half time to put Mere 24-0 up at the break.

There was no let-up after the restart, with both Askew and Dawson adding their second tries before Creighton pulled one back.

Daelon Hernandez then scored, followed by Creighton getting a second, and Dawson put the seal on the win.