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Red Star Belgrade handed Challenge Cup Cumbrian trip

Red Star Belgrade will launch their first Challenge Cup adventure in Cumbria next January, after being drawn away to Millom in Friday’s First Round draw at Emerald Headingley.

The Serbian champions have entered the game’s oldest knockout competition for the first time and were one of several clubs who attended the draw before tonight’s England-Australia Academy international, conducted by the Bradford Bulls coach John Kear and the Leeds Rhinos women’s captain Lois Forsell.

Jake Connor, the Hull FC and England centre, also attended as the coach of Halifax amateur club Ovenden, and saw his club given a home tie against Woolston Rovers of Warrington.

Irish amateurs Longhorns were handed a daunting trip to Castleford Lock Lane; Edinburgh Eagles will travel to Normanton Knights; and Torfaen Tigers, the only Welsh team entering this stage of the competition, must also head to Cumbria, having been drawn away to Distington.

Other intriguing ties include Dewsbury Moor, the amateur club where the Burgess brothers began their careers, facing Skirlaugh of Hull – while of the three Armed Forces teams in the draw, the RAF have a relatively short trip to face North Herts Crusaders, with West Hull facing a long trip south to Portsmouth to play the Royal Navy.

The 26 ties will be played on the weekend of January 26-27, with one to be screened live on BBC Sport through their digital channels, and another on the RFL’s Our League app.

The Road to Wembley continues throughout the spring and summer, with the 12 Super League clubs joining at the fifth and sixth round stage in April and May, and the Challenge Cup Final at Wembley Stadium on Saturday August 24.

Challenge Cup First Round draw (ties to be played weekend of January 26-27):

  • Kells v Rochdale Mayfield;
  • Orrell St James v Underbank Rangers;
  • West Bowling v Hammersmith Hills Hoists;
  • Dewsbury Moor v Skirlaugh;
  • East Leeds v Batley Boys;
  • Wigan St Judes v Crosfields;
  • Bentley v The Army;
  • Royal Navy v West Hull;
  • Leigh Miners Rangers v Oulton Raiders;
  • Wallsend Eagles v GB Police;
  • Drighlington v All Golds (Gloucestershire);
  • Leigh East v Wigan St Patricks;
  • Distington v Torfaen Tigers;
  • Castleford Lock Lane v Longhorns (Ireland);
  • Shaw Cross Sharks v Haydock;
  • Ovenden v Woolston Rovers;
  • Hunslet Warriors v Featherstone Lions;
  • York Acorn v Beverley;
  • Normanton Knights v Edinburgh Eagles;
  • Bradford Dudley Hill v Milford Marlins;
  • North Herts Crusaders v RAF;
  • Millom v Red Star Belgrade;
  • Clock Face Miners v Siddal;
  • Hunslet Club Parkside v Thornhill Trojans;
  • Thatto Heath v Stanningley;
  • London Chargers v Wath Brow Hornets .

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AS you all know from your own experiences these are tough times for everybody, but we believe you will agree that OLDHAM RLFC is taking massive inspiration from the fabulous NHS and other key workers in tackling Covid head-on, while looking forward positively to the 2021 season and better times ahead thanks to the outstanding work now being done to get people vaccinated as quickly as possible.

Nevertheless, we have to face facts and be realistic enough to accept that the club urgently needs every pound that is currently coming in from whatever source. One of those sources is our Club Cash lottery and we would like to take this opportunity to thank all those who support us on this. A lot of you who used to pay our collectors on the doorstep have responded to our suggestions on how to pay by different methods and we are extremely grateful for that. Thanks again. You will never know how much difference your contributions make.

Alas, our income from the lottery has dropped by more than 50 per cent over the course of the pandemic and that would be a huge blow financially at any time let alone a time of unprecedented hardship because of the pandemic. It really is a situation we seriously need to address.

With that in mind the prize fund for the duration of the latest national lockdown will be temporarily reduced from February 10.

You will still be able to win a £1,000 first prize, plus £100, £50, £25 and ten £10 prizes every week, while continuing to provide vital support for the club and it will only cost you £1 a week. You can’t get a decent coffee for that, but the difference it makes to the club when multiplied a few times over and then multiplied again by 52 – the number of weeks in the financial year – is of major significance.

If you can help us at all — for £1 a week — it would be hugely appreciated by everyone with Oldham RL Club at heart. The prize structure still represents good value for money for an outlay of £1.

To those who are already members and help us accordingly, we very much hope to retain your support at this extremely difficult time.

Should you wish to play but don’t, due to the pausing of cash collection rounds, we have other options available, which you can discuss with our lottery administrator, John McAndrew on 07980129541 or from the club on 07904 898177.

Alternatively, you can send an email to: mcandrewj@aol.com or to: enquiries@roughyeds.co.uk

The prize fund will be increased back to previous levels as soon as latest lockdowns are released. Please watch our website and social media platforms for further announcements.

Finally, if you want more information about the lottery or you wish to discuss your membership please contact one of the numbers given above.

A huge thank-you to you all.

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