Dewsbury Moor ready for big Challenge Cup tie

Dewsbury Moor ready for big Challenge Cup tie

COACH Danny Maun says that this weekend’s Challenge Cup third round tie will be a “big occasion” for Dewsbury Moor.

They travel to West Hull on Sunday (kick-off 2.30pm), having dispatched Skirlaugh and East Leeds to make it to this round of the competition.

The Maroons avoided the semi-professional League One clubs in this round but still face very challenging opposition in last year’s NCL Premier Division Grand Finalists.

West Hull have beaten the Royal Navy and Bentley to make the third round, and defeated Thornhill Trojans in their league opener last weekend.

“I know we’ve got West Hull away but I still think we can get a win,” said Maun.

“I watched them in the first round of the cup against the Navy. They’re a good side and they beat Thornhill at the weekend, but we’ve got some players back from last week’s game and we should be going there full strength this week.

“It’s big for the club. It’s the proper rules, we’ve only got eight interchanges, so it’s getting serious.

“The lads are excited for the challenge, and we’ll have a fair few supporters over by the sounds of it so it’ll be a decent following.

“I know the local lads who come watch us are hiring a minibus and we’ve got a coachload going as well, we got the biggest bus we can possibly get. So it’s going to be a good day and I hope they get something out of it.

“It’s been brilliant, the Challenge Cup this year. (It’s our) first time in the comp for a number of years and we’ve got to round three, which is a big achievement.

“To go on and possibly draw a Super League or Championship team would be the pinnacle for a lot of lads in this team. There are a lot of kids who have been in the scholarship scheme who might have a point to prove, and some of the old lads who might not get a chance to play in the Challenge Cup again.”

The game has been moved to Sunday as West Hull play in the BARLA National Cup quarter-finals the day before, but Maun doesn’t expect to face a weakened a side.

He said: “I don’t read too much into it as I know they’ll have a big squad anyway, so we’ve got to go there and get ready for the best version of West Hull and we’ll see what happens.”

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