ALL Roads lead to the Coronation Field for what is an historic occasion in the Coral Challenge Cup tomorrow, writes Paddy McAteer.

Red Star Belgrade make the long journey to face the oldest amateur rugby league club in the world, Millom, in round one.

The Woolybacks players and the townsfolk of Millom have been buzzing all week in the build up and coach Tom Sibley has named an initial 22-man squad.

Lee Postlewaite apart, the National Conference League Division Three side are at full strength with some lads going to be disappointed in not making the final 17.

“It is going to be one of the hardest decisions I have ever had to make leaving lads out,” said Sibley. “They have all trained really hard in pre-season and all deserve to play.

“We are fully fit, but its match fitness that I will be looking at and it will be a difficult first 10 or 15 minutes before we settle down. Once we have weighed things up we can then take it whatever way we need too.

“It is going to be a big occasion for the players, especially the younger ones, and the club – one that the lads will remember for the rest of their life.”

Last season in round one, Millom also took on unknown opposition Scottish side Strathmore Silverbacks and, having been given a scare in the first half by a competitive side, ran out 32-16 winners. They defeated Bradford Dudley Hill in round two before bowing out to Pikington Recs.

Millom’s biggest day in the Challenge Cup was when they went to the Boulevard to take on Hull FC in 1981, going down 33-10 before a crowd of over 9,000.

The Belgrade party flew into England this week and are based at the Bailey Ground in Seascale, along with having a training session at Millom today.

The opposition is mostly unknown, but they have recruited American internationals Brandon Anderson and Jamil Robinson, plus Australian hooker Darcy Etrich, from the same country as head Coach in Brett Davidson.

The Red Star boss had previously led the Serbia under-19s and open-age teams before being asked to take over.

RFL Officials are expected to be in attendance along with the Challenge Cup and the game will be live-streamed on the BBC Sport website.