The draw for the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup first round took place live on the BBC Sport website this evening (Tuesday, December 12).
Conducting the draw was former Hull FC captain and back-to-back winner of the Challenge Cup Gareth Ellis, who was picking the home balls. Away teams were drawn by England Assistant Coach and five-time Challenge Cup trophy winner Paul Wellens.
In an all-time first for the Challenge Cup, London Chargers were drawn at home against Hammersmith Hills Hoists in an all-London fixture.
Scottish Champions Strathmore Silverbacks will travel to Cumbria to face Millom in the first round.
Strathmore Chairman said:
“The guys are looking forward to the trip and experiencing the Challenge Cup for the first time against the oldest amateur rugby league club in the world. We’re used to long away trips from our union season, it’s less distance to Millom than Thurso, so that’s not a concern. Coach Vernon has been putting the team through their paces and we expect a competitive game.”
West Hull will welcome the first Irish side to enter the Cup since 1998, Longhorns.
All first-round ties will be played over the weekend of January 27-28.
2018 Ladbrokes Challenge Cup first round draw in full is as follows:
Leigh Miners Rangers v Myton Warriors
Underbank Rangers v Batley Boys
Kells v British Police
Wallsend Eagles v Pilkington Recs
Rochdale Mayfield v Crosfields
Lock Lane v Hindley
Hunslet Club Parkside v Valley Cougars
London Chargers v Hammersmith Hills Hoists
Royal Air Force v Drighlington
Oulton Raiders v Siddal
Millom v Strathmore Silverbacks
Loughborough University v Bradford Dudley Hill
University of Hull v Hensingham
Orrell St James v Northampton Demons
Royal Navy v Normanton Knights
York Acorn v Askam
Saddleworth Rangers v Thatto Heath Crusaders
Shaw Cross Sharks v Beverley
West Hull v Longhorns RL
East Leeds v Thornhill Trojans
Hunslet Warriors v Wath Brow Hornets
Featherstone Lions v Skirlaugh
British Army v Milford Marlins
Distington v Queens
Selection for the BBC Sport streamed fixture will be made in due course.
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