HEROIC amateur outfit Blackbrook were narrowly edged out of a spot in the fourth round of the Challenge Cup by a last-gasp try from York City Knights.
The Knights were heading for defeat in yesterday’s Sunday third-round tie at Langtree Park when they trailed 24-20 before Tommy Carr scored from the last play of the match to level the scores for a second time and he kicked his fifth goal to snatch a 26-24 victory.
Blackbrook’s exit means that no amateur team will be represented in tomorrow’s fourth-round draw, when the 14 Super League clubs enter the competition.
Leigh Miners Rangers were the only other amateur team to go close to causing a shock when they led Kingstone Press Championship club Barrow 12-6 at half-time thanks to tries from Sean Pendlebury and Scott O’Brien, both converted by Jonathon Youds.
However, the Raiders ran in second-half tries through James Dandy, Sean Casey, Jack Spencer and Daniel Toal to clinch a 28-12 victory and spare their blushes.
Sheffield Eagles, who won the Cup in 1998, were the day’s biggest winners, running in 19 tries in a 112-6 demolition of Leigh East at the Don Valley Stadium.