23rd January 2020, 11:43 | ChallengeCup

Coral Challenge Cup | Round Two Preview

Coral Challenge Cup | Round Two Preview

Two of the most successful community clubs will come head-to-head this weekend in the Second Round of the Coral Challenge Cup with Wigan St Patricks hosting West Hull, live on BBC Sport on Saturday, 12:30pm. 

St Pats are currently competing in Division One of the National Conference League and were involved in the first-ever First Round Challenge Cup game to be shown on BBC back in 2017 against Leigh Miners Rangers. The club who produced players such as Sean O’Loughlin, Oliver Gildart and Sam Tomkins will be looking to make Round Three for the second consecutive season.

However, they face the toughest of challenges as they welcome 2019 National Conference Premier League Champions West Hull, who defeated last year’s Coral Challenge Cup surprise package Thatto Heath Crusaders in the Grand Final. The nine-time Premier Division champions became the first amateur club to defeat professional opposition twice in the same year in 1996 and could definitely emulate their success this season should they overcome St Pats.

Sunday’s Challenge Cup offering sees Mansfield-based 2019 Midlands Champions Sherwood Wolf Hunt host West Bowling, in a game which will be shown live on Our League from 1:30pm.

A late try in Round One saw Wolf Hunt see off London’s Wests Warriors avenging their defeat in the 2019 Harry Jepson Trophy Final. Sherwood come into 2020 as Midlands treble winners having lifted the Midlands League Leaders’, Grand Final and Cup last year. However, they face stern opposition in West Bowling who were won the Division Two title in the National Conference League last season. 

 

The British Army booked their place in the Second Round with an impressive 26-10 victory over Oulton Raiders and will now host Skirlaugh on Saturday afternoon. Skirlaugh caused an upset of their own in Round One edging out Hunslet Club Parkside live on BBC. The Army are looking to make the Third Round for the seventh time while Skirlaugh haven’t progressed past Round Two since 2008.  

Fellow representative side, Great Britain Police, are set to take on Rochdale Mayfield on Saturday afternoon following a 66-0 demolition of Welsh side Torfaen Tigers a fortnight ago. Mayfield beat London Chargers in Round One and know a victory this weekend could potentially set-up an all-Rochdale affair against semi-professional side Rochdale Hornets.

The North West Men’s and Yorkshire Men’s Champions will meet on Saturday as West Bank Bears will face Bentley ARLFC. The Bears – who made Round Three of the competition in 2015 – defeated the Royal Navy in Round One while Bentley – competing in Round Two for the second consecutive season - also knockout an Armed Forces side with a 10-18 defeat of the Royal Air Force. 

 

Elsewhere, Ashton Bears – who are one of the lowest-ranked sides remaining – will make the trip to National Conference League Premier Division side Siddal, Upton – of the Pennine League – will travel to Leigh Miners Rangers and there is an all-Yorkshire affair between Thornhill Trojans and Normanton Knights. 

Coral Challenge Cup Round Two fixtures in full:

Saturday 25 January

Wigan St Patricks v West Hull (12:30pm – BBC Sport)

Thornhill Trojans v Normanton Knights

York Acorn v Barrow Island

Underbank Rangers v Distington

British Army v Skirlaugh

Milford v Ince Rose Bridge

Siddal v Ashton Bears

West Bank Bears v Bentley

Great Britain Police v Rochdale Mayfield

Leigh Miners Rangers v Upton

Sunday 26 January

Sherwood Wolf Hunt v West Bowling (1:30pm - Our League)