Haydock here in Coral Challenge Cup

AFTER a blip in the handling of the third-round draw for the Coral Challenge Cup, the RFL confirmed that Roughyeds will be at home to Haydock on the weekend of March 9 and 10.

Viewers on the BBC website initially heard that Roughyeds would play Lock Lane of Castleford at home, but the RFL later announced that it would be Haydock visiting the Vestacare Stadium on the second weekend of next month.

An RFL spokesman said: “The ball no.6 was read out as no.9 and vice versa.

“In order to maintain the integrity of the competition we need to honour the draw as the balls were drawn out and not as they were read out.”

Lock Lane will now visit Wigan St Jude’s.

The Oldham-Haydock tie will be a repeat of the 2017 fourth-round clash between the same sides on a wet and muddy Bower Fold pitch.

Haydock scored two unconverted tries in the first few minutes to go 8-0 up, but Roughyeds recovered and led 20-8 at half-time on their way to a 40-12 win.

In the fifth round at Featherstone, Scott Naylor’s men were beaten 30-4.

The following year, 2018, Roughyeds beat Featherstone Lions at home in round three and Halifax at The Shay in round four before going out to Hull KR at Bower Fold.

Commenting on next month’s home clash with Haydock, this time at the Vestacare Stadium, Oldham chairman Chris Hamilton said:

“We’re at home and that’s always what you want.

“It will be a huge event for Haydock, as it was last time, so we’ll expect a very tough game.”

Full draw:

Keighley Cougars v Distington; OLDHAM v Haydock; Thatto Heath v Rochdale Mayfield; Wigan St Jude’s v Lock Lane; Newcastle Thunder v West Wales Raiders; London Skolars v North Wales Crusaders; Hunslet v West Bowling; Workington Town v Siddal; York Acorn v Featherstone Lions; West Hull v Dewsbury Moor; Doncaster v Coventry Bears; Whitehaven v Wigan St Pat’s.



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