Doncaster RLFC and Bentley ARLFC both handed away draws in Challenge Cup

Both Doncaster RLFC and local amateurs Bentley were paired with National Conference Division One sides in last night’s Coral Challenge Cup third round draw.

Tuesday, 28th January 2020, 9:47 am
Updated Tuesday, 28th January 2020, 9:47 am
Bentley have reached the third round of the Challenge Cup for the first time.

The League One title hopefuls were drawn away to Dewsbury-based Thornhill Trojans while the 2019 Yorkshire Men’s League Premier Division champions will travel to meet Leigh Miners Rangers.

“Obviously we would have preferred to have been at home – though it’s not far to travel – but we are happy with the draw because we wanted to avoid being drawn against another League One side,” said assistant coach Pete Green last night.

“Thornhill play in the top flight of the National Conference and are a well-established and respected club so we won’t be underestimating them.

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“I’m not sure at this stage where the game will be played and they could decide to try and switch it to Dewsbury’s ground.”

Bentley had been hoping for a home draw after successive away games in the competition and had dreamed of a Doncaster derby.

They reached the third round for the first time in their history by beating North West Premier League champions West Bank Bears 20-18 after a dramatic finish.

The home side looked to have won the game when taking a late 18-14 lead but good work by full-back Alex Bates helped set up the try which levelled the scores and former Dons and Sheffield Eagles star Johnny Woodcock won the game when adding the conversion.