Merrie City quartet drawn in early rounds of Carnegie Challenge Cup

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THE draw for the early rounds of the Carnegie Challenge Cup took place last night and four sides from the Wakefield District had their names in the hat.

Eastmoor Dragons, Normanton Knights and Stanley Rangers were all included thanks to their status as National Conference League clubs, while Sharlston Rovers saw their name in the hat thanks to their finish in the Pennine League.

The Weeland Road club lost out to Queens in the title race but the Leeds club are still suspended from rugby league’s premier cup competition by the RFL following crowd trouble in a tie against Doncaster in 2009.

The draw took place at Leigh Miners Rangers ARLFC and all four Wakefield clubs were handed home ties in the preliminary round, to be played on the weekend of February 4 and 5.

Eastmoor Dragons will host Wigan St Jude’s, Normanton Knights will welcome Milford Marlins, Edinburgh Eagles will travel to Stanley Rangers and Sharlston Rovers will host Edge Hill University.

The draw also took place for the first round proper.

If the four Wakefield clubs come through their preliminary round clashes, Eastmoor will travel to either Wigan St Cuthbert’s or Northumberland University, Normanton will visit Kells or Widnes West Bank, Stanley Rangers will make the trip to Seaton Rangers or Huddersfield Underbank Rangers and Sharlston will face Castleford Lock Lane or Elland away.

The first round is scheduled for February 18 and 19.

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