Challenge Cup draw: Community sides get dream draws

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The Challenge Cup draw has been made and the three community sides can all look forward to dream ties against semi pro and professional clubs.

Kells have the biggest tie of all as they welcome Toronto Wolfpack to their ground. Normanton Knights are also at home as they face Rochdale Hornets.

Pilkington Recs face a trip to face Coventry Bears, a side they have knowledge of and of beating them, as they did when the pair were in the NCL Third Division.

Furthermore, there are four League One sides hosting Championship Opposition. Leon Pryce’s Workington Town welcome Championship high flyers London Broncos, North Wales Crusaders host Featherstone Rovers, Whitehaven welcome Dewsbury Rams and York City Knights welcome Swinton Lions.

Halifax also welcome Oldham, who renew rivalries following the visitors’ relegation from the Championship last season.

Elsewhere, there are two all Championship ties as newly promoted Barrow Raiders welcome 1998 winners Sheffield Eagles and Leigh Centurions travel to Batley Bulldogs.

There are also two all League One ties as Hunslet welcome Bradford Bulls in what is close to a Bradford-Leeds derby. And early season flyers Doncaster and Newcastle Thunder go head to head in South Yorkshire.

The games are to be played on the weekend of 17-18 March.


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