Boys and Trojans receive tough second-round draws

Boys and Trojans receive tough second-round draws

BATLEY BOYS will host the Royal Air Force in the second round of the Challenge Cup. 

The Boys, who produced the upset of the first round with a win over Underbank, will host the RAF side which beat Drighlington 12-4 in their first round tie.

A dramatic golden-point drop goal from Adam Bingham on Saturday afternoon proved the difference as the Batley side won what was their first-ever Challenge Cup fixture.

A late try and penalty goal from Underbank had forced the game in to extra time but after six minutes Bingham scored the one-pointer and sparked jubilant celebrations from the Boys’ supporters, staff and players.

Thornhill Trojans were the second name out of the hat as they were drawn away to Pilkington Recs. 

The St Helens-based club were relegated from the NCL Premier Division last season, while Thornhill were promoted from Division Two – making the game the first of three meetings between the sides in 2018. 

Thornhill saw off the challenge of East Leeds in round one, while Pilkington cruised past Wallsend Eagles 42-6. 

It is the second consecutive year that the Trojans have made it into the second round of the competition. 

Shaw Cross Sharks are yet to qualify for the second round after their first-round clash against Beverley was postponed last week. 

The Sharks go up against the side from Hull tomorrow afternoon, who are coached by Black and Whites player Scott Taylor. 

Saturday’s game will be Shaw Cross’s first outing of 2018, kick-off is scheduled for 2pm at Leeds Road. 

A trip to Oulton Raiders awaits the winners of the game and Shaw Cross will be hoping to make it into the second round for the second time in three seasons. 

All second round ties will be played on the weekend beginning February 10. 

One game will also be selected for live coverage on the BBC Sport website. 

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