22nd February 2018, 13:40 | ChallengeCup

Four Ladbrokes Challenge Cup games to watch this weekend

Four Ladbrokes Challenge Cup games to watch this weekend

Coventry Bears v Distington – Sunday 3pm

This round’s live streamed game on the BBC Sport website, Cumbrian amateurs Distington will have their eyes on a cup upset as they take on semi-pro side Coventry Bears at Butts Park Arena.

The Cumbrian Men’s league side play in Tier 8 and have already upset the odds to make the third round after defeating Castleford Lock Lane last time out, who play three levels higher than them.

It’s a tough ask, especially after a 230-mile trip, but could they go one more and take out a team who play five tiers above them?

Find out by joining Dave Woods and Luke Robinson for live coverage on the BBC Sport website on Sunday afternoon from 3pm.

Kells v British Army, Saturday 2pm

British Army are seeking to become the first Armed Forces side to ever make the fourth round of the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup when they head to Kells on Saturday.

But after back-to-back home wins against London Chargers and Milford Marlins at their Aldershot base, the 350-mile trip to Whitehaven will be a handicap for the Army.

The Cumbrian sides have had a successful campaign in the competition this year, and Kells will be eyeing up a fourth-round spot where the likes of Toronto Wolfpack and Leigh Centurions join.

Normanton Knights v Batley Boys, Saturday 2pm

Cup-upset kings of 2018, Batley Boys, alongside Distington, are the joint-lowest ranked sides remaining in this years’ competition.

Playing in the Yorkshire Mens League in Tier 8 of the pyramid, the Boys have battled through two nerve-jangling drop goal wins against Underbank Rangers and Royal Air Force with Adam Bingham being their hero on both occasions.

This weekend they face more NCL Premier Division opposition as they travel to West Yorkshire rivals Normanton Knights.  

Hunslet v Oulton Raiders, Sunday 3pm

Just six miles separates these two Leeds-based sides as League 1 club Hunslet host 2017 NCL Division Two league winners Oulton Raiders.

After beginning their season with a 28-14 win at Hemel Stags last weekend, two-time Challenge Cup winners in 1908 and 1934, Hunslet won’t want to be on the end of a cup upset.

Oulton, community club of Leeds Rhinos and England icon Ryan Hall, will fancy their chances with the underdog tag on Sunday, as they visit the South Leeds Stadium.