25th January 2020, 16:23 | ChallengeCup
The British Army are now the final Armed Forces side left in the Coral Challenge Cup after a Golden Point Extra-Time victory over NCL Division One side Skirlaugh.
The hosts fought from 6-16 down to take the game to extra-time. After two periods of Golden Point extra-time it was eventually the Army who clinched victory, thanks to a Ben O’Connell drop-goal.
Rochdale Mayfield edged out Great Britain Police in equally dramatic fashion with an 18-19 drop-goal victory which ensured they will be in the Round Three draw, set to take place at home of the local professional side Rochdale Hornets, who they could be paired with on Monday evening.
Yorkshire Men’s League Premier Division Champions Bentley will head into Round Three as the lowest-ranked side in the competition after their 18-20 win over North West Men’s Champions West Bank Bears. Bentley could now potentially face local professional side Doncaster – of Betfred League 1 – in the next round.
The National Conference League Premier Division Champions West Hull progressed to Round Three of the Coral Challenge Cup with a controlled 10-30 victory over Wigan St Patricks, live on BBC Sport, on Saturday afternoon.
Three tries inside the opening 31 minutes saw West Hull open up a commanding 18-0 lead, however, tries either side of half-time gave St Pats hope. But it was the visitors who would book their place in Round Three of the Coral Challenge Cup with the prospect of a Betfred League 1 side awaiting.
Underbank Rangers will compete in Round Three of the Coral Challenge Cup for the first time ever following a 28-14 defeat of Distington. Underbank raced into a 14-0 lead and managed to keep Distington at bay despite the best efforts of the away side in the final 20 minutes.
NCL Premier Division side York Acorn will compete in the Round Three of the Coral Challenge Cup for a second consecutive season after a comfortable 34-14 win against Barrow Island. Luke Swales and Lewis Lord both notched braces for Acorn.
Ince Rose Bridge – who are appearing in the Coral Challenge Cup for the first time since 2013 – will be in the hat for the Round 3 draw; as they were back in 2013. The Wigan-based side led for the majority of the game against Milford but had to kick a drop-goal with ten minutes remaining such was the hard-fought nature of their 12-19 victory over Milford.
Our first @TheChallengeCup journey comes to an end with a 62-4 defeat to a superb @siddalrl side, who have been fantastic hosts.— Ashton Bears ARLFC (@AshtonBears) January 25, 2020
Our lads were up against a tempo and an intensity we’re not used to but we didn’t stop trying & the attitude was spot on.
Onwards and upwards 👊🏻🐻
Ashton Bears’ first-ever Coral Challenge Cup campaign came to an end at the hands of four-times NCL Premier Division Champions Siddal. Siddal – who famously became the first competitive opponents of Toronto Wolfpack in this competition – ran away 62-4 victors in Halifax.
Thornhill Trojans were 58-14 winners against fellow Yorkshire side Normanton Knights, Leigh Miners Rangers also progressed as 26-6 victors over Pennine League’s Upton while Sherwood Wolf Hunt's story came to an end as they fell to a 6-38 defeat at the hands of West Bowling, live on Our League.
Coral Challenge Cup Round Two results in full:
Wigan St Patricks 10-30 West Hull
Thornhill Trojans 58-14 Normanton Knights
York Acorn 34-14 Barrow Island
Underbank Rangers 28-14 Distington
British Army 17-16 Skirlaugh
Milford 12-19 Ince Rose Bridge
Siddal 62-4 Ashton Bears
West Bank Bears 18-20 Bentley
GB Police 18-19 Rochdale Mayfield
Leigh Miners Rangers 26-6 Upton
Sherwood Wolf Hunt 6-38 West Bowling