Underbank Rangers coach Richard Knight hopes their Challenge Cup run will spur them on to reach the National Conference League Grand Final this year.
The Holmfirth-based amateur club fell short to a 22-0 defeat to Championship outfit Bradford in the fourth round of the Challenge Cup on Sunday.
Underbank’s team of plumbers, school teachers and landscape gardeners knocked out League 1 opposition West Wales in the third round.
Rangers coach Richard Knight said: “I’m super proud. We talked a lot about the history of our club, waiting 135 years for the chance to come up against a team like Bradford Bulls.
“You couldn’t really tell which was the professional team and which was the amateur team. Our try-line defence was unbelievable.
“We didn’t get any 50-50 calls but the lads stuck in there throughout the game. We competed for massive chunks of the game.
“It’s really pleasing but there is a bigger picture for us – we want to win the (National Conference) Grand Final this year and the confidence we will get from this competition will be awesome.”
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