Ladbrokes Challenge Cup: Round Up

THE third round of the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup had six Cumbrian teams facing varying forms of opposition.

Hand Off: Kells advance into the fourth round

On Saturday, February 24, Kells, having already beaten the British Police and Orrell St James, dispatched the British Army 30 – 4 on a sunny pit top.

It was another strong display from the Conference Premier Division side as they ran in six tries, three in each half, with strong drives from forwards David Lowery and Ross Ainley and neat interplay from the backs setting up chance after chance as the British Army came up short.

At Askem it was a step to far as League One York City Knights ran out 6 – 64, while Millom went down 32 – 16 away to Pilkington Recs.

Cumbria’s League One sides both progressed as Workington Town came through a tricky away trip to Hunslet Club Parkside 16 – 24 while Whitehaven beat fellow League One side London Skolars 16 – 14.

Sunday, February 25, and all eyes were on Distington as the BBC cameras streamed their away trip to the Coventry Bears.

It looked like the hosts would fall as Distington took the lead and were within touching distance at half time.

Coming out in the second have the cup upset looked likely as Distington capitalised on a loss of concentration from Coventry to score the first try of the half, however the hosts didn’t look back as they took control of the half to end up 42 – 12 winners.

The fourth round draw will take place on Tuesday, February 27, live on the BBC Sport website, from 7.00pm.

Challenge Cup winner, Rob Parker, and Warrington Wolves’ assistant coach, Andrew Henderson, will be conducting the draw.