London calling for Pilks

Lee Briers and Paul Rowley make the draw
Lee Briers and Paul Rowley make the draw
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ST Helens amateurs Pilkingon Recs will entertain London Skolars following the draw for the third round of the 2016 Ladbrokes Challenge Cup.

Pilks reached the third round following a convincing 46-12 victory in Cumbria over Millom.

The ties of the round were Rochdale Mayfield v Rochdale Hornets and York City Knights v York Acorn – these two fixtures are sure to attract a large crowd in these hotly anticipated local derbies. Cumbrian sides Kells and Wath Brow will welcome Kingstone Press League 1 clubs Hemel Stags and Toulouse Olympique XIII to their grounds. After their close win against Northumbria University, Siddal were rewarded with a home tie against Newcastle Thunder.

Taking place at the home of North Wales Crusaders, the Welsh side along with the 14 other Kingstone Press League 1 clubs were joined by nine community teams in the draw as they all aim to progress to the fourth round when all 12 Kingstone Press Championship sides enter. Third round games will be played over the weekend of February 27-28.

Home teams were drawn by Lee Briers, who won the Challenge Cup with Warrington Wolves in 2009, 2010, 2012 and also lifted the Lance Todd Trophy for his performance against Leeds Rhinos in 2010. Former Leigh Centurions coach Paul Rowley, whose Championship side beat Wakefield Trinity Wildcats and Salford Red Devils in last year’s competition, drew the away teams.

The 2016 Ladbrokes Challenge Cup third round draw in full is as follows:

Hunslet Hawks v Barrow Raiders

Oxford v Lock Lane

Rochdale Mayfield v Rochdale Hornets

Pilkington Recs v London Skolars

Kells v Hemel Stags

West Hull v Doncaster

York City Knights v York Acorn

Siddal v Newcastle Thunder

North Wales Crusaders v University of Gloucestershire All Golds

Wath Brow Hornets v Toulouse Olympique XIII

Keighley Cougars v Coventry Bears

Featherstone Lions v South Wales Scorpions

Third round ties will be played over the weekend of February 27-28.