7th February 2019, 16:09 | ChallengeCup

Coral Challenge Cup Second Round: Four Games to Watch

Coral Challenge Cup Second Round: Four Games to Watch

We take a look at four eye-catching games from this weekend’s action in the Coral Challenge Cup Second Round:

Milford v Lock Lane – Saturday 2pm (BBC Sport)

Taking centre-stage on Saturday afternoon as BBC Sport’s live-streamed game from the second round, Leeds-based Milford take on Castleford’s Lock Lane in a tasty West Yorkshire derby.

The hosts made the headlines when they played at Leeds’ Rhinos Headingley Stadium in the 2014 Challenge Cup third round. The National Conference League side put up a brave fight against Championship outfit Barrow Raiders, bowing out 10-18.

Lock Lane, who have produced the likes of Gareth Ellis, Liam Watts and Paul Anderson, won promotion to the NCL Premier Division last year, with their one-divisional advantage putting them as slight favourites for this one.

Dave Woods will be joined by Jamie Jones-Buchanan for live coverage on the BBC Sport website from 2pm.

THATTO HEATH CRUSADERS V LEIGH MINERS RANGERS - SATURDAY 2PM

Two of the biggest names in the NCL will be clashing once again on Saturday after the North West duo were paired together in round two.

Leigh Miners Rangers, NCL champions as recently as 2016, will be hopeful of a successful campaign in 2019 after securing promotion from Division 1 through the play-offs last year.

Meanwhile Thatto Heath were crowned the NCL's best team in 2017 and finished third in the top tier last season.

Their last clash in June 2017 saw Thatto Heath claim a hard-fought 28-20 win away from home - expect something similar on Saturday.

OVENDEN V WEST BOWLING - SATURDAY 2PM

It's Halifax v Bradford and a huge local derby in prospect.

Coached by Hull FC's Jake Connor, reigning Pennine League champions Ovenden were made to work for their 22-20 home success over NCL Division 3 outfit Woolston Rovers in round one.

They face another home tie in the second round, as West Bowling make the short trip over after securing their place in the draw with an impressive 34-6 win at London Chargers.

Bowling, who boast the likes of Leon Pryce and Elliot Whitehead amongst their graduates, were Yorkshire Men's League champions in 2016 and will be favourites for the clash.

But don't rule out Ovenden in this local derby - they are yet to lose a league game since Connor took charge in 2016.

WIGAN ST PATS V GB POLICE - SUNDAY 2:30PM (OUR LEAGUE)

Streamed live on Our League, recently-relegated Wigan St Pats host a GB Police side who boast plenty of NCL experience.

St Pats are arguably one of the best known community clubs in the world, but fell out of the NCL's top tier for the first time in 2018.

But they got 2019 off to the perfect start, winning 24-12 at local rivals Leigh East in the Coral Challenge Cup first round.

They will be in for an equally stern test on Sunday as the Police come to town.

The Police claimed a comfortable 44-18 win at Wallsend Eagles in round one, and have talent from Cumbria, Wales and everywhere in-between at their disposal.

 

Keep an eye on......

Doncaster-based Bentley are the second-lowest ranked team left in the competition. They travel to West Hull in a tough-looking second-round fixture, but will take confidence from their 18-16 win over The Army in round one.

Haydock, who finished fourth in the North West Men's League Premier Division last year, broke records two years ago as they became the lowest-ranked side ever to reach the Challenge Cup fourth round.

The cup specialists could well be at it again in 2019 - they beat NCL side Shaw Cross Sharks to reach round two and travel to Normanton Knights on Saturday.

And Underbank Rangers impressed in front of the Our League cameras last time out - they welcome West Yorkshire rivals Featherstone Lions to Huddersfield this weekend in what could turn out to be one of the ties of the round.