Haydock handed Oldham trip in Challenge Cup

The draw taking place on HMS Bulwark
The draw taking place on HMS Bulwark

St Helens amateurs Haydock, the only community club left in the next round of the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup, face an away tie against Oldham.

The North West Men’s League champions Haydock are the first-ever eighth-division team to make it through to round four of the Challenge Cup after an impressive 26-12 win at London’s Wests Warriors.

Though a team from outside the National Conference League has reached this stage before, no team has made it to round four since the NCL was expanded to four divisions in 2012.

Former Dewsbury Rams prop Dario Esposito was amongst the scorers for Wests, but tries from Rob Sexton, Jordan Gibson and Andrew Bacon, plus three Dean Dollin goals, meant the St Helens-based side held a 18-6 lead at the break.

The Yickers extended their lead soon after the restart as Kyle Braithwaite got over, Dollin with the goal, to make it 24-6.

Though Wests cut the gap through Esposito on 65 minutes, a Gibson penalty goal shortly after proved to be the final score of the game as Haydock sealed their place in the fourth round draw.

Toronto Wolfpack will face a stern test after being paired with London Broncos.

The Canadian newcomers, who overcame Halifax amateur club Siddal 14-6 in the third round last Saturday, will face the former Super League club in the capital on the weekend of March 18-19.

The Broncos were cup finalists in 1999 and, although they were relegated from Super League three years ago, they are currently third in the Kingstone Press Championship after winning three of their opening four matches.

Toronto will also be in London on Saturday to kick off their League 1 campaign against the Skolars.

The highlight of the fourth-round draw, which was made by former cup winner and Great Britain captain Paul Sculthorpe on board HMS Bulwark in Plymouth was the clash between Bradford and Featherstone, a repeat of the 1973 final at Wembley.

There are other all-Championship ties at Hull KR, who host Sheffield Eagles, and Toulouse, who meet Batley.

The BBC say a total of 41,936 viewers tuned in to watch Toronto’s game at Siddal and they will stream a fourth-round tie live on their website.

Four of the Super League clubs will join the competition at the following round stage while the remaining eight enter in round six.

The fourth-round draw is: Hull KR v Sheffield Eagles, Swinton v London Skolars, Bradford v Featherstone, Toulouse v Batley, Oldham v Haydock, University of Gloucestershire v Doncaster, Whitehaven v Oxford, York v Rochdale, London Broncos v Toronto, Dewsbury v Newcastle, Halifax v Hunslet, Barrow v Keighley.

Ties to be played on the weekend of March 18-19.