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1st June 2019, 18:34 | 1895_cup

AB Sundecks 1895 Cup | Second Round Preview

AB Sundecks 1895 Cup | Second Round Preview

This weekend will see the Second Round of the newly-titled AB Sundecks 1895 Cup take place with five fixtures between Betfred Championship and League One teams scheduled for Sunday. 

The other three remaining games in Round Two will take place on Wednesday evening and the draw for the Quarter Finals of the competition will take place on Friday live on BBC Radio Leeds. 

Batley Bulldogs vs Rochdale Hornets | Fox’s Biscuits Stadium | Sunday 2ndJune | 3pm 

With Championship teams entering the 1895 Cup it has offered up a handful of all-Championship affairs with the first coming between Batley and Rochdale.

The Bulldogs managed to halt a losing run at Summer Bash against local rivals Dewsbury Rams a fortnight ago before picking up an impressive win over Halifax last weekend. Batley have been performing well since the beginning of April winning five of their last seven fixtures. Matt Diskin’s side will be confident of progressing in the 1895 Cup. 

Rochdale currently sit bottom of the Championship having only won one of their 14 league games this season. The Hornets are now in the midst of a ten-game losing streak but will be hoping that the 1895 Cup can be the catalyst for a change in fortunes under new Head Coach Matt Calland. 

Can Rochdale find a win or will Batley progress?  

Dewsbury Rams vs Swinton Lions | Tetley’s Stadium | Sunday 2ndJune | 3pm

Swinton climbed above Dewsbury in the Championship last weekend with a 22-17 victory over the Rams, but this weekend it’s status in the 1895 Cup on the line for both sides.

Dewsbury have seen themselves slide down the Championship table in recent weeks and the 1895 Cup may come as a positive distraction for Lee Greenwood’s team. Other than a one-point victory over Widnes, the Rams have struggled since the beginning of April losing six of their seven matches. Dewsbury competed in the first-ever Challenge Cup final at Wembley in 1929 and will be looking to return as part of the 1895 Cup final.  

The Lions will be looking to continue to build momentum following consecutive Championship victories for the first time in 2019. The Lions beat local rivals Rochdale at Summer Bash before their impressive late win over Dewsbury last weekend. Swinton’s victory last weekend came at Heywood Road and if they are to progress, they will need to repeat their performance at the Tetley’s Stadium. 

The Rams or the Lions – who wins?

Leigh Centurions vs Workington Town | Leigh Sports Village | Sunday 2ndJune | 3pm

Workington’s First Round victory over Hunslet has rewarded them with a trip to Championship side Leigh Centurions in Round Two.

The Centurions come into this weekend’s fixture on the back of a 44-16 loss over in France against Toulouse. However, John Duffy’s side had managed to rack up four consecutive wins prior to this including a hard-fought home win over Sheffield and a victory at Summer Bash against Widnes. Leigh haven’t made it to Wembley since 1971. 

It’s been a stop-start season for Workington who sit in 7thin League One after four wins and five losses. Chris Thorman’s first game in charge came in their 1895 Cup victory last month and they have beaten Hunslet again since meaning they come into Sunday’s game on the back of a victory. Workington’s last visit to Wembley was in 1958. 

Can Workington cause an upset or will Leigh be too strong? 

Oldham RLFC vs Doncaster RLFC | Bower Fold | Sunday 2nd June | 3pm

There is just one all-League One tie in Round Two of the 1895 Cup as Oldham host Doncaster with a place in the last eight at stake.

Oldham earned their place in the Second Round with a comfortable victory over current League One pacesetters Whitehaven last month. Oldham’s Round One victory was part of a four-game winning run which has seen Scott Naylor’s side climb the League One table. Wins over West Wales and Coventry were followed up with a huge victory over Keighley last weekend.  

Doncaster also booked their place in Round Two in comfortable fashion as they hammered League One strugglers West Wales Raiders. The Dons suffered defeat against London a fortnight ago but another dominant win over the Raiders last weekend means they will head to Bower Fold confident of moving into the next round. Doncaster were the last-surviving League One team in this year’s Coral Challenge Cup until Catalans Dragons knocked them out in Round Six. 

Which League One team will make the Quarter Finals? 

York City Knights vs Newcastle Thunder | Bootham Crescent | Sunday 2nd June | 3pm

Newcastle will be looking to cause an upset on Sunday afternoon as they travel to the Championship’s surprise package so far in 2019 – York.

The Knights currently sit alone in 3rdplace in the Championship behind only high-flyers Toronto and Toulouse and they will be aiming to keep their impressive season on track on two fronts with an 1895 Cup run. York have won three of their last four fixtures in the Championship and bounced back from Summer Bash disappointment by earning their first-ever away victory against Widnes last weekend.

Newcastle fought their way into the Second Round with an impressive victory over Keighley last month. Thunder have lost just one of their last five matches in all competitions with victories over Oldham and Keighley either side of a draw against Whitehaven. However, they do come into this week’s game on the back of a disappointing 18-32 loss to Hunslet. 

Will it be York or Newcastle who progress? 

Wednesday’s Fixtures:

Barrow Raiders v Bradford Bulls (19:30)

Halifax RLFC v Sheffield Eagles (20:00)

Widnes Vikings v Featherstone Rovers (20:00)