Sharlston Rovers await Carnegie Challenge Cup draw

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SHARLSTON Rovers will be in the hat for the Carnegie Challenge Cup third draw tonight and they’re guaranteed to face professional opponents.

The Weeland Road club progressed from the second round thanks to a last-gasp 20-19 home win over Wigan St Cuthberts at the weekend and they’ll find out their reward tonight.

The 20 Co-operative Championship clubs enter at this stage and the draw will be seeded, meaning Rovers, who play in the Pennine League, will face professional opposition.

The format for the draw means clubs such as Featherstone Rovers, Batley Bulldogs, Halifax and Sheffield could all come up against Gordy Long’s side in the next round.

Long said: “Hopefully we’ll get a home draw against one of the big teams or one of the bottom sides so we’ve a chance of winning.

“If not we’d like to get a big crowd with teams like Featherstone, Halifax, Dewsbury - one of those local derbys would be good.”

The draw will take place at Whitehaven’s Recreation Ground from 7.25pm tonight and will be aired on BBC Radio Cumbria.

Two Championship clubs will be drawn at random from Pool A to join those clubs, including Sharlston, in Pool B.

A team will then be drawn from each pool, with home advantage being decided by a random draw from a bag containing ‘home’ and ‘away’ balls.

Super League teams enter the prestigious competition at the fourth round stage.

Pool A: Batley, Barrow, Dewsbury, Doncaster, Featherstone, Gateshead, Halifax, Hunslet, Keighley, Leigh, London Skolars, North Wales Crusaders, Oldham, Rochdale, Sheffield, Swinton, South Wales, Whitehaven, Workington, York. (2 pool A sides will be drawn at random to go into Pool B)

Pool B: Bradford Dudley Hill, East Hull, Egremont, Hull Dockers, Hunslet Old Boys, Hunslet Warriors,Lezignan, Myton, Oulton, Royal Navy, Siddal, Sharlston Rovers, Thatto Heath, Toulouse, Wath Brow, York Acorn.

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