IT was a step into the unknown for Millom's players when they took on Red Star Belgrade in the first round of the Coral Challenge Cup yesterday.

Despite viewing online videos and having learned more about the club since the draw was made, the Woolybacks still had little idea of what sort of standard their opponents would be at.

Even Charlie Emslie, who played for Scotland under-19s in last year's European Championship in Serbia, did not know what to expect, but he relished the occasion and was delighted Millom past the test against Red Star with a 38-10 win.

"It's brilliant and it's hard to believe," said Emslie. "I played for Scotland over in Serbia and I met a couple of their players.

"I saw when I was over there they had some big units, but I still didn't know what to expect from them. It was great to get the win and move on to the next round."

The interest surrounding the match was emphasised by the fact a strong four-figure crowd showed up at Devonshire Road to witness a piece of rugby league history being made.

It was a special day for the Kelly family too, with brother Adam, Ethan and Dane all in the starting line-up.

And scrum-half Adam, who kicked two penalties and three conversions, could not have been happier with the outcome.

"I work in town and everyone stopped me talking about how they were going to go and watch, asking what was going to happen and what to expect," said Kelly.

"We just want to thank the crowd and everyone who has helped us out, and we couldn't wish for anything else.

"We played like we knew we could and we didn't know what to expect from them, but it's gone the way we wanted it to."