Galway To Host Recs, Mayfield Meet St Pats In Betfred Challenge Cup First Round

The community clubs are back in the cup after a Covid-enforced break
18:25, 14 Dec 2021

‘The Road to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium’ may not be as linguistically pleasing as ‘The Road to Wembley’, but there is still a palpable sense of excitement across Rugby League as the game begins its journey to one of the newest, and most iconic sporting theatres in the world.

While the mix of amateur and Betfred League One clubs who were drawn out for rounds one and two of the Betfred Challenge Cup on Tuesday evening is unlikely to provide our winner in May, we’re still very pleased to see them, with nearly all of the sides involved at this stage missing out in 2021 due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

“The magic of the cup” is such a well-kicked cliché these days, but for the 34 clubs and the communities they represent, the Challenge Cup is their annual chance to take part in a competition that transcends the game of Rugby League and resonates well outside of it’s Northern strongholds.

There’s some tasty ties thrown up as well…

Two clubs prolific in their production of professional talent will lock horns when Rochdale Mayfield and Wigan St Patricks face each other, whilst National Conference champions Thatto Heath Crusaders are tasked with a challenging trip to Lock Lane.

Pilkington Recs will be making the trip across the Irish Sea to take on Galway Tribesmen, who are aiming to become the first Irish side ever to win a Betfred Challenge Cup game.

Edinburgh Eagles mark their return to the competition with a home game against York Acorn, and the two London Clubs in the first round, London Chargers and West Warriors, will take on Ellenborough Rangers and Jarrow Vikings respectively.

Those ties could deliver us a London derby, with the Warriors and Chargers drawn up against each other in the second round.

Also on the cards in the second round, should they win their first games, is a mammoth forces clash with The Army and the Navy drawn together for a potential game that would attract interest from well beyond Rugby League circles.

It’s a long long road to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium showpiece of course, but we can finally start dreaming about Betfred Challenge Cup final glory again, and perhaps even better, start looking forward to the start of the 2022 Rugby League season in earnest.

Full Betfred Challenge Cup First-Round Draw:

West Hull vs Upton

Featherstone Lions vs Hunslet Club Parkside

Leigh Miners Rangers vs Milford

Siddal vs GB Police

Lock Lane vs Thatto Heath Crusaders

London Chargers vs Ellenborough Rangers

Thornhill Trojans vs RAF

Jarrow Vikings vs West Warriors

Galway Tribesmen vs Pilkington Recs

Edinburgh Eagles vs York Acorn

Rochdale Mayfield vs Wigan St Pats

Bentley vs Stanningley

Bridgend Blue Bulls vs Royal Navy

Orrell St James vs British Army

2nd Round

Edinburgh Eagles or York Acorn vs Jarrow Vikings or West Warriors

Rochdale Hornets vs Midland Hurricanes

Doncaster vs Thornhill Trojans or The RAF

Orrell St James or The Army vs Bridgend or The Navy

Oldham vs Lock Lane or Thatto Heath Crusaders

Galway Tribesmen or Pilkington Recs vs Siddal or GB Police

West Hull or Upton vs Rochdale Mayfield or Wigan St Pats

Featherstone Lions or Hunslet Club Parkside vs Bentley or Stanningley

Hunslet vs Keighley Cougars

Leigh Miners Rangers or Milford vs North Wales Crusaders

West Wales Raiders vs Swinton Lions

London Skolars vs London Chargers or Ellenborough Rangers 

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