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Saturday, 01 November 2014

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Millom RL on the Chellenge Cup march

HAT-TRICK heroes Ross Brookes and Anthony Green led Millom into the first round proper of the Challenge Cup with an eight-try 40-12 demolition of the Manchester side Eccles.

The Woollybacks dominated this second qualifying round tie from start to finish at Millom RU’s Wilson Park ground against their National Conference Division One counterparts, and can now look forward to another home tie against Blackbrook, the date of which is yet to be decided.

It was the home side who took control from the outset, with Ricky Donaghue crossing the line after 11 minutes for Brookes to convert. Good play upfield by Tom Sibley and Paul Carter set Brookes up to score and goal, and the home side were already in control at 12-0 up.

Millom were dominating, with strong running veteran Wayne Ruddy and Marcus O’Brien pushing down the field, and the final try of the half came from Green to give them a commanding 16-0 lead.

Eccles came out for the second half a lot better prepared for battle, and they were the first to score and convert to drag them back to within 10 points of the hosts. However, Millom were quick to reply – with Green racing 40 yards for his second touchdown of the afternoon.

Eccles hit back again on 58 minutes, reducing the deficit to 20-12 and they were still in the game.

This seemed to spur Millom on, with Josh Banham scoring next, and with Brookes and Green both completing their hat-tricks, that took the final score to 40-12. Brookes bagged an excellent 20-point haul for the game, but Millom’s man of the match was outstanding skipper Tom Sibley.

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