25th February 2017, 19:55 | ChallengeCup
Toronto Wolfpack won their first-ever competitive match, but were made to work for their progress to the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup fourth round with a gritty 14-6 win at Kingstone Press National Conference League champions, Siddal.
In front of a four-figure crowd at CWC Park and live on the BBC Sport website, Siddal defended their line manfully in the first quarter, before going 2-0 up thanks to a long-range Gareth Blackburn penalty on the half hour mark.
But USA international Ryan Burroughs claimed the honour of Toronto's first competitive try shortly after, as the Wolfpack went into half time 4-2 up.
With Siddal now playing into the wind, Blackburn hooked a penalty attempt wide, but they did strike back as Ben West pounced on a Shaun Garrod kick to go over.
The hosts held on to their 6-4 lead going into the final quarter, but back-to-back tries through Adam Sidlow and Greg Worthington, plus a Craig Hall goal, saw Toronto go 14-6 up, a lead they never relinquised, despite the dismissal of Fuifui Moimoi late on.
North West Men's League champions Haydock are the first-ever eighth-division team to make it through to round four of the Challenge Cup after an impressive 26-12 win at London's Wests Warriors.
Though a team from outside the National Conference League has reached this stage before, no team has made it to round four since the NCL was expanded to four divisions in 2012.
Former Dewsbury Rams prop Dario Esposito was amongst the scorers for Wests, but tries from Rob Sexton, Jordan Gibson and Andrew Bacon, plus three Dean Dollin goals, meant the St Helens-based side held a 18-6 lead at the break.
The Yickers extended their lead soon after the restart as Kyle Braithwaite got over, Dollin with the goal, to make it 24-6.
Though Wests cut the gap through Esposito on 65 minutes, a Gibson penalty goal shortly after proved to be the final score of the game as Haydock sealed their place in the fourth round draw.
Haydock are now the lowest-ranked team left in the competition.
West Hull's 2017 Ladbrokes Challenge Cup campaign came to an end today, but not without a fight as they were beaten 18-16 by Whitehaven on home turf.
What an effort by West Hull to lose by 2 points in Challenge Cup against Whitehaven.— James Smailes (@James_Smailes) February 25, 2017
Haven, who were relegated from the Kingstone Press Championship in 2017, trailed 12-10 at the break despite tries from Jordan Burns and Tyrone Dalton, plus a Paul Crook goal.
Shane Pattison scored mid-way through the second half to put Haven 14-12 up, but Wests, who finished second in the NCL Premier Division last season, fought back to lead 16-14 with just five minutes left.
We'd also like to thank everyone from @OfficialHavenRl, great people and great to deal with start to finish. Best of luck in the next round!— West Hull ARLFC (@WestHullARLFC) February 25, 2017
But Pattison bagged his second late on to break home hearts, securing an 18-16 win for the Cumbrians.
Huge respect to @WestHullARLFC today. Played a great game. 👏🏼— Carl Forster (@cforster26) February 25, 2017
Pennine League champions Fryston Warriors lost out 32-50 in an entertaining affair against League 1 Cup winners, Keighley Cougars.
The game was held at Featherstone Rovers' Big Fellas Stadium and the Warriors were level at 16-all at half time thanks to a Wayne McHugh brace, an Andy Matthews try and two goals from Andy Speake.
Keighley, whose first half points came from James Feather, Josh Tonks and Danny Lawton tries, and two Matty Beharrell goals, opened the scoring in the second period.
Beharrell converted Sean Kelly's early second-half try, before Speake goaled following a Steve Scott score for Fryston to make it 22-all on 48 minutes.
After two red cards and two sin binnings shortly after, Keighley roared ahead as Adam Ryder, Sean Kelly and Brendan Rawlins all got over in quick succession, Beharrell with three goals, to put the Cougars 40-22 up on the hour.
Sean Gee hit back for the hosts soon after, Aaron Dobek converting, to make it 28-40 to Keighley.
Though Jack Lee got over for Fryston late on, Ryder and Andy Gabriel, as well as a Beharrell goal, got the Cougars over the line.
In the first of five all-League 1 ties in the third round, Newcastle Thunder edged through on home turf thanks to an 18-16 win over Workington Town.
The 2016 League 1 Shield winners were 16-0 down after just 21 minutes following tries for Jamie Doran, Joe Hambley and Callum Phillips, but Thunder turned the game around after Lewis Young's try on 27 minutes.
Benn Hardcastle landed the first of three ultimately crucial goals and it stayed 16-6 to the visitors at the break.
Jack Aldous scored withing minutes of the restart, Hardcastle converting. Town held on to their lead until the 61st minute when Derrell Olpherts crashed over to level the scores.
Hardcastle's penalty goal with eight minutes to play sealed a dramatic come-from-behind win.
The kick hits the post as the hooter sounds. Thunder are through to round 4 of @TheChallengeCup with a tense 18-16 win— Newcastle Thunder (@ThunderRugby) February 25, 2017