Normanton Knights land home draw in Challenge Cup

Ladbrokes Challenge Cup
Ladbrokes Challenge Cup

Normanton Knights’ reward for their Ladbrokes Challenge Cup victory last weekend is a home draw in the second round of the prestigious competition.

Knights celebrated a 34-16 triumph over Myton Warriors on Saturday and they will now host either Shaw Cross Sharks or York Acorn in the next round.

The draw took place at Oulton Raiders last night, Monday, when former Knights junior Oliver Holmes, now a second rower at Castleford Tigers, conducted the draw alongside Leeds Rhinos winger Ryan Hall.

Holmes was drawing the away teams and he was relieved to see Knights land a home draw for the cup tie that will be played over the weekend of February 14 and 15.

Holmes said: “It was a great experience to be at Oulton tonight having never seen a cup draw live before. All the fans were so passionate.

“I was praying for Ryan to pull the Normanton home ball out and he did. I remember them playing Shaw Cross a few years ago as the Knights battled for promotion so it’ll be good to see them play again.”

The full second round draw is: Hunslet Warriors v West Hull; Wath Brow Hornets v Lock Lane; Hull Dockers v Walney Central; Kells v Nottingham Outlaws / Blackbrook; Elland v Egremont Rangers; Oulton Raiders v Valley Cougars; Widnes West Bank v Rochdale Mayfield; Siddal v Featherstone Lions / Queens; Normanton Knights v Shaw Cross Sharks / York Acorn; Skirlaugh v Royal Navy.