9th March 2017, 14:58 | ChallengeCup

When Halton Simms Cross went to Wigan...

When Halton Simms Cross went to Wigan...

The Widnes club were the talk of the community game back in 2003...

Back in 2003, Halton Simms Cross were the talk of the Rugby League world as they reached the fourth round of the Challenge Cup.

The Widnes outfit, who won the BARLA National Cup in 2007, were one of the North West regional league's leading clubs and their reward for a 15-8 win over professional outfit London Skolars in the third round was a tie at then Challenge Cup holders, Wigan Warriors.

Though Wigan went on to win comfortably, 82-3, Simmies did take an unlikely lead six minutes in as full back Brian Capewell struck a 30 metre drop goal to put the community club 1-0 up in front of 3,790 people at the DW Stadium.

"I just hope someone took a picture of the scoreboard when we were 1-0 in front!" Halton coach Chris Middlehurst told BBC Sport.

Capewell added a penalty later in the half for Halton, who were the lowest-ranked team to reach the fourth round until Haydock's heroics in 2017, but Wigan were in control from the off.

Halton Simms Cross were BARLA National Cup champions in 2007

Simmies' Challenge Cup record was broken by Haydock last month


Warriors captain Andy Farrell led the scoring with 30 points thanks to two tries and 11 goals.

Full back Kris Radlinski scored a hat-trick, Sean O'Loughlin also crossed twice, as did hooker Terry Newton.

There were also tries from David Hodgson, Martin Aspinwall, Julian O'Neill, Ricky Bibey, Stephen Wild and Brian Carney.

After the game, Middlehurst commented: "I'm proud. The lads never threw in the towel."

Wigan Warriors: Kris Radlinksi, Brian Carney, David Hodgson, Martin Aspinwall, Jamie Ainscough, Julian O'Neill, Adrian Lam, Danny Sculthorpe, Terry Newton, Craig Smith, Mick Cassidy, Danny Tickle, Andy Farrell. Subs: Sean O'Loughlin, Mark Smith, Stephen Wild, Ricky Bibey.

Halton Simms Cross: Brian Capewell, Kevin O'Neill, David Percival, Paul Walsh, Darren O'Brien, Neil Percival, Paul Roberts, Peter Gradey, Matt Carmichael, Andy O'Neill, John Bowles, Peter Hodson, Gary Middlehurst. Subs: Keiron Kavanagh, Lee Swain, Anthony Elwell, Mike Donnelly.

Date: February 9, 2003

Score: 82-3

Man of the Match: Andy Farrell

Reigning North West Men's League champions Haydock made history in 2017 by becoming the lowest-ranked team ever to reach the fourth round of the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup.

Though teams from outside the Kingstone Press National Conference League have made it to round four of the Challenge Cup before, no team has pulled it off since the NCL was expanded to four divisions in 2012.

Record-breaking Haydock, from Rugby League's eighth tier, travel to Oldham from the Kingstone Press Championship in the fourth round next Saturday, 1pm, in a game which will be streamed live on the BBC Sport website.

Tickets for the 2017 Ladbrokes Challenge Cup final at Wembley Stadium on Saturday, August 26 are on sale now and can be purchased by calling the Rugby League Ticket Office on 0844 856 1113 or by visiting rugby-league.com/tickets.

Halton Simms Cross currently play in the NWML Division 1