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Betfred Challenge Cup Second Round — Kick-Off Times and Coverage

All four Second Round ties in the Betfred Challenge Cup will be streamed live and free next weekend.

The BBC will show two ties for the second round running, both on Sunday (March 28) – the local derby between Swinton Lions and Oldham at 1230pm, followed by London Broncos versus York City Knights at 2.30pm.

That follows their coverage of the First Round ties between West Wales Raiders and Widnes Vikings, and Featherstone Rovers versus Bradford Bulls.

The matches will again be broadcast live on BBC iPlayer, Red Button and BBC Sport digital platforms.

The other two ties will be streamed on www.TheSportsman.com (www.thesportsman.com/), YouTube and Facebook.

The West Yorkshire derby between Featherstone Rovers and Batley Bulldogs, who were the first ever Challenge Cup winners in 1897, will be shown next Saturday, March 27, with a 12.45pm kick-off.

The Second Round will be completed when Widnes Vikings host Whitehaven on Sunday (March 28) with a 5pm kick-off.

The Sportsman is a sports news and features website and began its Betfred Challenge Cup coverage by streaming York’s First Round win against Sheffield Eagles at the Keepmoat Stadium last Friday night.

The eight teams in the Second Draw will be battling for a double prize, as the four winners not only secure a place in the Third Round of the Betfred Challenge Cup – when they will be joined by the 12 Betfred Super League clubs.

They will also qualify for the Semi Finals of the AB Sundecks 1895 Cup, the competition for non-Super League clubs with a Final at Wembley on Betfred Challenge Cup Final day, Saturday July 17 – meaning the eight teams in the Second Round of the Betfred Challenge Cup next weekend are two wins from playing at Wembley.

Mark Foster, the RFL’s Chief Commercial Officer, said:

“After such a successful First Round weekend, which marked the first competitive action for more than a year for the 16 clubs involved, we’re delighted to have secured coverage of all four Second Round ties.

“To have two ties broadcast live by the BBC for the second consecutive round is another significant boost for the profile of the Betfred Challenge Cup and the clubs outside the Super League, as the focus sharpens on which four clubs will earn places in the Third Round when the network coverage begins.

“The BBC coverage of Gavin Henson’s Rugby League debut for West Wales Raiders, followed by the heavyweight battle between Featherstone and Bradford, helped to generate unprecedented interest in the First Round weekend.

“We were also delighted by the reaction to the first live streaming by TheSportsman.com for the Sheffield-York tie on Friday night, and it’s great that they will be able to double that commitment in the Second Round by showing the other two ties.

“With the Our League platform allowing us to stream the other five First Round ties, and all the fixtures in the early rounds of the Betfred Championship starting with seven matches over the Easter weekend, we have also been able to allow clubs to recoup some of the significant costs of staging matches behind closed doors – either by offering greater value to their season ticket holders, or by introducing Earlybird rates and day or weekend passes to watch matches.

“The revenue generated for all matches so far has comfortably exceeded production costs, and we are hopeful that more fans at all levels will join our growing Our League membership, which is now more than 170,000, to watch the quality Rugby League available in Betfred Championship, League 1 and the Challenge Cup.”

Betfred Challenge Cup, Second Round

Saturday 27 March

Featherstone Rovers v Batley Bulldogs, 1245pm – on TheSportsman.com website, YouTube & Facebook

Sunday 28 March

Swinton Lions v Oldham, 1230pm – BBC Sport Online, iPlayer & Red Button

London Broncos v York City Knights, 230pm – BBC Sport Online, iPlayer & Red Button

Widnes Vikings v Whitehaven, 5pm – The Sportsman website, YouTube & Facebook

Third Round: April 9-11

Quarter Finals: May 8-9

Semi Finals: June 5

Final (Wembley Stadium connected by EE): Saturday July 17

AB Sundecks 1895 Cup

Semi Finals: June 5-6

Final (Wembley Stadium connected by EE): Saturday July 17



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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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