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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