Championship clubs enter Challenge Cup

The draw for the third round of the 2014 Challenge Cup took place at the University of Gloucestershire’s Park Campus in Cheltenham last night when the 23 Kingstone Press Championships clubs entered the competition for the first time.

The second-tier clubs joined the 11 winners from the second round ties in draw conducted by Maxine Melling, from the University of Gloucestershire, and Kevan Blackadder, the Editor of the Gloucestershire Echo newspaper.

The draw in full:

Milford Marlins v Barrow Raiders
Rochdale Hornets v University of Gloucestershire All Golds
Keighley Cougars v Wath Brow Hornets
Dewsbury Rams v West Hull
Sheffield Eagles v East Leeds
British Army v Doncaster
Hull Dockers v Halifax
Batley Bulldogs v Kells
South Wales Scorpions v Hemel Stags
Normanton Knights v Workington Town
York City Knights v Whitehaven
Swinton Lions v Gateshead Thunder
Egremont Rangers v Oldham
Hunslet Hawks v Oxford
North Wales Crusaders v Pilkington Recs
Wigan St Patrick’s v Leigh Centurions

The third round ties will be played over the weekend of March 15 and 16.

Two Championships clubs, Featherstone Rovers and London Skolars were given a bye into the fourth round in a random draw.

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