Thatto Heath drawn at home against Dewsbury in Challenge Cup fifth round

Photo courtesy of Richard Long

Amateur side Thatto Heath will have another opportunity to cause an upset in the fifth round of the Challenge Cup after being drawn at home to Championship outfit Dewsbury.

The Crusaders are the only community club to have reached the last 24 of the competition after stunning League 1 side North Wales Crusaders in the fourth round at their St Helens base last weekend.

The fifth round draw was conducted at Boxpark in Wembley by Challenge Cup legend Martin Offiah and Linzi Prescott, whose son Taylor will deliver the match-ball for this year’s final on August 24 after a gruelling overland journey from Perpignan – just as his father Steve did before the 2009 final 10 years ago.

Three of the four Super League clubs who join the competition at the fifth-round stage received home ties against lower division opposition – Salford Red Devils against Rochdale Hornets, Hull Kingston Rovers against Leigh Centurions, and Leeds Rhinos against Workington Town.

The fourth, London Broncos, will have to travel north to face Halifax, while there are two attractive all-Championship ties – a West Yorkshire derby between Bradford Bulls and Featherstone Rovers, and Widnes Vikings at home to York City Knights.

Doncaster, who are one of two League 1 teams remaining in the competition with Workington, will have home advantage against Batley Bulldogs.

The ties will be played over the weekend of April 12-14, with one to be selected for streaming by the BBC, and another by the RFL’s Our League app.

The eight winners will then be joined by the top eight from last season’s Super League in the sixth round draw on Monday, April 15.

2019 Challenge Cup fifth round draw:

Hull KR v Leigh Centurions

Widnes Vikings v York City Knights

Thatto Heath Crusaders v Dewsbury Rams

Leeds Rhinos v Workington Town

Halifax v London Broncos

Bradford Bulls v Featherstone Rovers

Salford Red Devils v Rochdale Hornets

Doncaster v Batley Bulldogs

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