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Coral Challenge Cup second round draw

The Coral Challenge Cup second round draw will take place on Monday, January 28 at 6.00pm live from the clubhouse of either Wigan St Patricks or Leigh East on the BBC Sport website, depending on the result of their first-round tie this weekend (Saturday, January 26 – KO 2.30pm).

Three-time Challenge Cup winner and current Leigh Centurions captain Micky Higham will be conducting the draw alongside England and Wigan Warriors stand-off George Williams.
Higham lifted the famous trophy at Wembley Stadium with his previous club, Warrington Wolves, in 2009, 2010 and 2012. Two-times Super League Grand Final winner George Williams, a former Wigan St Patricks player, played in his first Challenge Cup final in 2017 against Hull FC.

The 26 winners from this weekend’s Round One fixtures will be drawn in 13 ties which will take place on February 9-10.

Fans will be able to watch two of this weekend’s First Round ties with no charge.

Saturday’s trans-Pennine meeting of Orrell St James and Underbank Rangers from Holmfirth will be shown on the RFL’s Our League channel (web and app), while Sunday’s historic meeting of Millom and Red Star Belgrade in Cumbria will be shown by the BBC on their online platforms.

The full schedule of Coral Challenge Cup first round fixtures are as follows:

Saturday, January 27 (all games kick-off at 2.00pm unless stated)

  • Orrell St James v Underbank Rangers (Live on Our League)
  • Kells v Rochdale Mayfield
  • West Bowling v Hammersmith Hills Hoists
  • Dewsbury Moor v Skirlaugh
  • East Leeds v Batley Boys
  • Wigan St Judes v Crosfields
  • Bentley v Army
  • Royal Navy v West Hull
  • Drighlington v All Golds
  • Distington v Torfaen Tigers
  • 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
  • Clock Face Miners v Siddal
  • Hunslet Club Parkside v Thornhill Trojans
  • Thatto Heath Crusaders v Stanningley
  • London Chargers v Wath Brow Hornets
  • Leigh Miners Rangers v Oulton Raiders (2.30pm)
  • Wallsend Eagles v British Police (2.30pm)
  • Leigh East v Wigan St Patricks (2.30pm)

Sunday, January 28

  • North Herts Crusaders v Royal Air Force (1.00pm)
  • Lock Lane v Longhorns (1.30pm)
  • Millom v Red Star Belgrade (1.30pm – Live on BBC Sport)

Tickets for the Coral Challenge Cup triple header at the University of Bolton on Saturday July 27 are on sale now, and are available here – rugbyleague.tickethour.co.uk.

Tickets for the Coral Challenge Cup Final at Wembley Stadium on Saturday August 24 are available here – www.rugby-league.com/tickets/challenge_cup_final

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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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