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Thatto Heath v Dewsbury Rams selected for BBC Sport

The BBC Sport cameras will focus on the only amateur team remaining in the Coral Challenge Cup Fifth Round when Thatto Heath Crusaders take on Dewsbury Rams on Sunday, April 14 (KO 3.00pm).

The National Conference League Premier Division side have played in all Rounds of this year’s competition, defeating Stanningley, Leigh Miners Rangers and Rochdale Mayfield – a game which was also featured on BBC Sport.

Capturing the magic of the Coral Challenge Cup, in the last round Thatto Heath produced the shock victory of the competition so far as they defeated League 1’s North Wales Crusaders to reach the Fifth Round, a feat not achieved by an amateur club since 2016 when Lock Lane progressed to the same position.

Dewsbury Rams, their opponents in Round Five, are no strangers to Challenge Cup victories lifting the famous trophy twice in 1912 and 1943. In Round Four they secured a 32-6 win against NCL side West Hull to progress.

From Round One to Round Three over 70,000 viewers have tuned in to BBC Sport’s live streams so far in 2019. From Round Six onwards BBC will screen matches on BBC1 and BBC2.

Coral Challenge Cup Fifth Round fixtures in full:

Thursday, April 11

Hull Kingston Rovers v Leigh Centurions (KO 7.30pm)
Halifax RLFC v London Broncos (KO 7.30pm)

Friday, April 12

Leeds Rhinos v Workington Town (7.45pm)
Salford Red Devils v Rochdale Hornets (7.45pm)

Saturday, April 13

Widnes Vikings v York City Knights (7.30pm)

Sunday, April 14

Bradford Bulls v Featherstone Rovers (3.00pm)
Doncaster RLFC v Batley Bulldogs (3.00pm)
Thatto Heath Crusaders v Dewsbury Rams (3.00pm)

Tickets for the 2019 Challenge Cup Final and 1895 Cup Final at Wembley Stadium on Saturday, August 24 can be purchased by calling the Rugby League Ticket Office on 0844 856 1113 or by visiting www.rugby-league.com/tickets


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AS lockdown restrictions start to ease, now is the time for everyone connected with Oldham RLFC to do all they can to help with getting income from our Club Cash lottery back to where it was before the pandemic started to bite.

This is vital for the club and its finances which, as you all know, have taken a massive hit in the past 12 months.

Collectors will be returning to door-to-door visits in the next few weeks and we hope people who suspended payments will pick up where they left off as we strive and work hard to get back to where we were before the pandemic caused us to lose 50 per cent of our lottery income.

Many of our regular punters, who would normally pay a collector, have answered our calls for help by finding other ways to pay and to retain their chances of winning prizes.

To those people we are very grateful and we would like to take this opportunity to thank them once again for their loyal and continued support.

The lottery, of course, is potentially one of our biggest fund-raisers and for as little as £1 a week — more if you wish — you can help the club immensely and at the same time have chances to win £1,000, £100, £50, £25 or one of ten consolation prizes of £10.

That’s the present prize structure. There’s every chance it will be increased once we are out of lockdown, door-to-door collections start again and we get back to some sort of normality.

In the meantime you can join, or start up again, by contacting the club on 07904 898177 or by email to: enquiries@roughyeds.co.uk

For more information about the lottery, and for the “great opportunities” provided by our partnership with the National Youth and Community Development Association (NYCDA) go our Club Cash page.

There, you will find all the results and a detailed statement about getting back to normal with the help of our not-for-profit partners.

All proceeds from the partnership will continue to support the club and help us to meet the aims of our Club Cash activities, particularly in its aims and objectives to be an active stakeholder in the local community.

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