Challenge Cup Sunday: Four games off as York and Whitehaven cause upsets


The latest weather front hitting the UK has meant more games were lost today.

Coventry Bears vs. Pilkington Recs, North Wales Crusaders vs. Featherstone Rovers, Halifax vs. Oldham and Hunslet vs. Bradford Bulls were all called off today with the rearranged fixtures to be announced in due course.

As for the games that did go ahead, there were two big upsets; the first of which saw Whitehaven defeat Dewsbury Rams 25-18.

Two tries for Jessie Joe Parker, as well as tries from Carl Forster and Jason Mossop and a drop goal from Stuart Howarth won the game for the Cumbrian side.

Converted tries from Martyn Reilly, Jack Teanby and James Glover kept the Rams in the game, but they fall to lower league opposition.

Whitehaven will be hoping this win can kick start their League One campaign after two straight defeats to start the season. They host Hemel Stags next Sunday.

As for Dewsbury, their inconsistent start to the season was summed up in this game. They will hope there is no lasting damage when they travel to struggling Leigh Centurions next Sunday.


The other saw York City Knights complete a 26-12 victory over Championship side Swinton Lions.

Two tries from Judah Mazive as well as effort from Ben Cockayne and Tim Spears won the game for the League One side.

Converted tries from George Tyson and Rhodri Lloyd got the Lions on the board, but they head back to Greater Manchester with a defeat.

The Knights, who were unlucky not to get promotion from League One last season, will be hoping this win can give them a bit of momentum heading into the rest of the season. They host Keighley Cougars on Sunday.

As for the Lions, their winless start to the season continues after five straight defeats in the Championship. And it doesn’t get any easier for them as they host league leaders London Broncos next Sunday.


In the days other games, Barrow Raiders were victorious over Sheffield Eagles by 28 points to 16.

Tries from Ryan Fieldhouse, Joe Bullock, Jarrad Stack, Gene Ormsby on debut and Andy Litherland won the game for a Raiders side in fine form this season.

The Eagles responded with tries from Matty Fozard, Iliess Macani and Ryan Millar, but it wasn’t enough and they still await their first win of the season.

Barrow have had a dream start since being promoted back into the Championship. And they wont have to wait to get their teeth back into todays opponents as they meet again in Barrow on Sunday.


Leigh Centurions also just about received passage into the next round with a 8-4 win at Batley Bulldogs.

Ricky Bailey scored the only try of the game that separated the two sides.

The Centurions will be hoping this win can give them a bit of momentum in what has been a difficult start to life back in the Championship. They host Dewsbury Rams next Sunday.

As for Batley, they have had a mixed start to the season, and this game was a sentiment of that. They host Featherstone Rovers next Sunday.


And the London Broncos survived a scare to book their place in the next round with a 22-20 victory against Workington Town.

Two tries from Rhys Williams as well as tries from Apirana Pewhairangi and Tom Spencer won the game for the side from the Capital.

Two tries from Jamie Doran as well as an effort from Perry Singleton kept Leon Pryce’s side in it, but they couldn’t quite get over the line.

The Broncos are going into the season hoping to achieve their ultimate goal which is Super League promotion. They travel to Swinton Lions next Sunday.

As for Workington, they will be hoping having a multiple Super League winner in their ranks can propel their fortunes as they look to get back into the Championship. They travel to London Skolars next Saturday.

The draw for the next round of the Challenge Cup will be on Tuesday.


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