27th January 2019, 17:43 | ChallengeCup
There was to be no fairytale for Coral Challenge Cup new-boys Red Star Belgrade on Sunday, as Millom secured their spot in tomorrow night’s second round draw with a 38-10 win.
In what was a historical encounter played out at Millom’s picturesque Coronation Field ground, the Cumbrian hosts, who are the world’s oldest amateur Rugby League side, proved too strong against the visitors from Serbia.
Early tries from Noah Robinson and Dom O’Brien got Millom settled into the match, although a storming run from Darcy Etrich saw him cross for Red Star, proving the side from Belgrade would be no pushovers.
However Tyler Lancaster bagged another Millom try and then Chris Warren went over with a great finish in the corner, before Adam Kelly tagged two penalties to give the home side a 22-6 lead at the interval.
With the gusty win now in their faces, the Cumbrians seemed unaffected as Jonny Hodgson ploughed over the line to extend the lead yet further.
Centre Aleksandar Djordjevic did get a second try on the board for Red Star but the Woolybacks finished the strongest with Dom O’Brien and Coral Man of the Match Ethan Kelly crossing twice in the final 10 minutes.
Wins for @MillomRLFC1873, @LockLaneOpenAge and @RAFRugbyLeague as they are the last three sides into tomorrow's second round #ChallengeCup draw— The Challenge Cup (@TheChallengeCup) January 27, 2019
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Joining them in the second round draw is Lock Lane, who secured a hard-earned 16-10 win over the only Irish side in the competition, Longhorns.
Meanwhile, the RAF ensured that there would be a presence from the forces sides in the second round, as they beat Challenge Cup debutants North Herts Crusaders 22-6.
The Coral Challenge Cup second round draw will be made by George Williams and Micky Higham at Wigan St Pats this Monday. You can watch it live on the BBC Sport website from 6pm.
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