Millom failed to kick on from last week’s comprehensive Barton Townley Cup final win over Ulverston as they slumped to an 18-6 defeat against Heworth in what was a game of very little chances at Coronation Fields.

The home side capitalised on a very sloppy start of the visitors to open the scoring, as the evergreen Tom Sibley forced his way over from close range to touch down underneath the posts. Adam Kelly converted and Millom had a 6-0 lead within the first five minutes.

Millom were dealt a blow on ten minutes, however, when they lost promising youngster in Charlie Emslie to a back injury and matters got even worse for the home side when Gareth Watson barged his way over to score and reduce the lead to two points.

Heworth were in again minutes later when Watson again found himself over the line after he benefitted off a quick play the ball and some slick hands to score. Adam Dent had no problems converting this time to give the visitors a 10-6 lead.

Millom grew into the game and were unfortunate on 34 minutes when Ross Brookes made a break from full back only for it to then be pulled back for an obstruction of a Heworth tackler by Anthony Dixon.

The second-half began at a similar pace to the first but this time it was the visitors who struck first when Fergus Chapman made a break on the left edge to score in the corner.

On 63 minutes, Heworth were reduced to 12 men when Dent was sent to the sin bin for a professional foul, but the Woolybacks couldn’t make the most of the extra man. Things got even worse when Chapman benefitted off a mix-up in the Millom defence to go over for his second try of the afternoon.