Cup headache for Cumbrian teams


The Challenge Cup draw has caused a few problems in Cumbria, with all four remaining clubs drawn at home in the third round.

Amateur sides Egremont and Wath Brow landed mouthwatering ties against Oldham and South Wales Scorpions respectively, while professional clubs Whitehaven and Workington drew Hunslet Warriors and Batley.

But fitting all the games in could be a problem, with both Egremont and Wath Brow looking to play at Whitehaven’s Recreation Ground.

Egremont chairman John Brocklebank said: “It’s fantastic for the county, but organising it all will be a nightmare.

We’re thinking the Whitehaven-Hunslet Warriors tie will be on the Sunday.

“Wath Brow might get the ground on the Saturday because their opponents are coming all the way up here from South Wales.

“That would perhaps leave Friday night as an option for us.

“We’ll have to talk to Oldham and sit down and work it all out with the other clubs, but it’s going to be a headache for sure.”

The draw in full: Oulton Raiders v Sheffield Eagles; NW Crusaders v Toulouse; London Skolars v Leigh; Myson Warriors v Halifax; York City Knights v Hull Dockers; Gateshead Thunder v York Acorn; Hunslet Old Boys v Feathrstone; Swinton v Siddal; Workington v Batley; Doncaster v Sharlston Rovers; Egremont Rangers v Oldham; Whitehaven v Hunslet Warriors; Wath Brown Hornets v SW Scorpions; Barrow v Lezignan; East Hull v Rochdale Hornets; Hunslet Hawks v Royal Navy; Bradford Dudley Hill v Keighley Cougars; Dewsbury Rams v Thatto Heath Crusaders.