Cumbrian side selected for live Challenge Cup match

AS the third round of the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup expands the potential for a giant killing, a Cumbrian side are taking centre stage.

Challenge Cup: Kells have so far faced the British Police, Orell St. James and will now face the British Army.

Cumbria Men’s League side, Distington, are one of the lowest ranked sides left in the competition and will travel to professional side Coventry Bears of League One, a round trip of 460 miles.

Distington have already beaten Yorkshire side Queens and Conference side Lock Lane to make it to the third round.

The match will be streamed on Sunday, February 25, on the BBC Sport website at 3pm, with the second round match between Featherstone Lions and Thatto Heath Crusaders attracting a viewing audience of over 18,000.

Whitehaven will open their Challenge Cup campaign on Sunday at 3pm, at home to fellow League one side London Skolars after a narrow defeat in their opening League One game.

Saturday, February 24 has the rest of the Cumbrian teams playing with Kells starting the proceedings at home to the British Army at 2pm before Askem welcome York City Knights of League One to Cumbria at 2:30pm.

Millom travel to Conference Division One side Pilkington Recs while Workington face Hunslet Club Parkside, who knocked Wath Brow Hornets out in the previous round, both 2:30pm starts.