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London 3 Essex: Millwall 36 Upminster 19

PUBLISHED: 17:00 11 September 2017

Action from the clash between Millwall and Upminster (pic Tim Edwards)

Action from the clash between Millwall and Upminster (pic Tim Edwards)

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Millwall got the new London Three Essex season off to a winning start against Upminster on Saturday.

Action from the clash between Millwall and Upminster (pic Tim Edwards) Action from the clash between Millwall and Upminster (pic Tim Edwards)

They were forced to move the home fixture to Hackney Marshes, with Millwall Park unavailable due to maintenance work.

But the east Londoners still looked right at home as they eventually ran out comfortable 36-19 winners against their local rivals.

They were 19-3 down in the first half, but Matt Hopkins claimed a brace of tries, while Millwall were also awarded a penalty try.

Rio Cooper kicked five penalties and two conversions to complete the tally and it proved the ideal opening to the new campaign for Millwall, who are set to make the shorter trip to West Ham’s Memorial Ground to take on neighbours East London this weekend.

There was more to cheer for the club as their second and third teams also won their first matches of the new campaign, against Braintree and Dagenham respectively.

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