The Bulldogs will face Lock Lane at The Fox’s Biscuits Stadium in the Coral Challenge Cup Fourth Round, after the draw took place this evening at Odsal Stadium, Bradford.
Former Bradford Bulls Captain and Lance Todd Trophy winner Robbie Hunter-Paul was joined by Simon Foster, son of Bradford Northern Rugby League legend Trevor Foster to conduct the draw, and Bradford Bulls were handed a West Yorkshire derby draw against League 1 side Keighley Cougars
NCL Division 1 side Featherstone Lions, the lowest ranked side remaining in the competition, were rewarded for their efforts so far with a home tie against League 1’s Doncaster RLFC.
In a battle of the Crusaders, Thatto Heath – who produced a valiant display against Rochdale Mayfield live on BBC Sport last Saturday – will host North Wales Crusaders.
Sheffield Eagles v Leigh Centurions is one of three all-Championship ties in Round Four which also sees Cumbrian side Barrow Raiders welcome York City Knights and Featherstone Rovers face Swinton Lions.
The winners of the third round tie between Workington Town and Siddal, which was postponed on Sunday and has been rearranged for next Sunday, March 17, will be at home to Newcastle Thunder.
The Coral Challenge Cup fourth round ties will be played over the weekend of March 30-31. One fixture will be selected for live streaming on the BBC Sport website and one fixture will be shown live on the Our League app and website. The selected fixtures will be announced this week.
Following the Challenge Cup draw, the first-round draw of the 1895 Cup took place. The newly introduced competition provides non-Betfred Super League clubs an extra opportunity to play on the hallowed Wembley turf.
Eight League 1 sides entered the competition at this stage, with the 12 English Betfred Championship teams joining the four winners in the second round in June.
Keighley have a tricky trip to Newcastle Thunder, while two clubs who have won the Challenge Cup at Wembley in the distant past, Hunslet and Workington Town, will face each other in Leeds.
Workington’s West Cumbrian rivals Whitehaven also have an away tie, against Oldham, while West Wales Raiders face an even longer trip to face Doncaster at the Keepmoat Stadium.
The ties will be played on the weekend of May 4-5, with one of them to be streamed live on Our League.
The Rugby Football League are inviting anyone who has played in a Challenge Cup Final to join the #RLCupFinalReunion at Wembley this August.
And the invitation to attend Coral Challenge Cup Final day will also be extended to all members of the Rugby League Lions Association, to mark the 2019 return of Great Britain to international Rugby League.
Ralph Rimmer, the chief executive of the RFL, explained: “The Challenge Cup Final has traditionally been about much more than the finalists themselves, and in 2019 we want Wembley to stage a real celebration of the game.
“The introduction of the 1895 Cup means that we will now have four teams involved on the day, with the guarantee that two non-Super League clubs will make it to Wembley – and we’ll have three matches on the hallowed turf, with the traditional schoolboys curtain-raiser in the Steven Mullaney Memorial Match.
“We were also delighted to invite Taylor Prescott to deliver the match ball for the Coral Challenge Cup Final on behalf of the Steve Prescott Foundation which continues to raise funds on behalf of his father.
“And we hope this invitation to anyone who has played in a Challenge Cup Final will also prove popular with the hundreds of players who have created so many great Rugby League occasions and memories.
“Given last week’s confirmation of the return of Great Britain in the four-match tour later this year, we wanted to extend that invitation to our Rugby League Lions – and we hope that as many of them as possible will be able to join us at Wembley in August.”
The RFL therefore invites all Rugby League Lions and Challenge Cup finalists to email email@example.com with details of their eligibility for two complimentary tickets in Club Wembley, with exclusive access to the Three Lions Bar for the day.
The RSVP deadline is July 31 – four days after the triple-header at the University of Bolton Stadium featuring the Coral Challenge Cup semi finals and the Coral Women’s Challenge Cup Final.
The Road to Wembley continues tonight (Tuesday) at Odsal, with the Fourth Round draw for the Coral Challenge Cup – when the Betfred Championship clubs enter the competition – and the First Round draw for the 1895 Cup, including eight clubs from Betfred League One. Coverage starts on BBC Online at 6pm, with the 1895 Cup draw on the RFL Facebook account.
The Bulldogs were unable to turn around a 0-16 Half Time deficit against John Kear’s Bradford Bulls, going down 6-16 in frezing conditions at The Fox’s Biscuits Stadium
Match report to follow
The draw for the first round of the 1895 Cup will take place next Tuesday, March 12th at Odsal Stadium, Bradford, following the Coral Challenge Cup fourth round draw.
Taking place for the first time in 2019, the 1895 Cup guarantees two non Super League clubs and their supporters the chance to experience the magic of Wembley, adding to the occasion of the Coral Challenge Cup Final day as fans from across the sport come together to celebrate Rugby League.
Eight Betfred League One clubs will feature in the First Round draw next Tuesday and their draw ball numbers will be as follows:
- Keighley Cougars
- Newcastle Thunder
- West Wales Raiders
- Workington Town
The four winners from Round One will then be joined by the 12 English Betfred Championship clubs (Barrow Raiders, Batley Bulldogs, Bradford Bulls, Dewsbury Rams, Featherstone Rovers, Halifax, Leigh Centurions, Rochdale Hornets, Sheffield Eagles, Swinton Lions, Widnes Vikings and York City Knights) in the Second Round Draw.
1895 Cup Rounds are scheduled as follows:
Round One – weekend of May 3-5
Round Two – midweek ties w/c June 3 (Clubs will be allowed to schedule their ties for the weekend of June 1-2if neither have reached the quarter finals of the Coral Challenge Cup).
Quarter-Finals – mid-week w/c June 24
Semi-Finals – will be played on Sunday, July 28 (unless any of the teams have also qualified for the semi finals of the Coral Challenge Cup. In the case of a team qualifying for the semi finals of the Challenge Cup and the 1895 Cup, their semi final will be put back to either Tuesday July 30 or Wednesday July 31).
The 1895 Cup Final will take place on Saturday, August 24 following the Coral Challenge Cup final, which kicks off at 3pm.
One game per round of the 1895 Cup will be selected for live streaming via the Our League app and website with further broadcast negotiations ongoing and to be confirmed and announced in the near future. Details of selected games will be announced in due course.
Tickets for the 2019 Coral Challenge Cup Final and 1895 Cup Final at Wembley Stadium on Saturday, August 24 can be purchased by calling the Rugby League Ticket Office on 0844 856 1113 or by visiting www.rugby-league.com/tickets
The Bulldogs picked up their first win of the campaign, thanks to tries from Lewis Galbraith (2) and Wayne Reittie, in a scrappy encounter against Rochdale Hornets.
Match Report by Luke Winner.
Matt Diskins side recorded their first win in the Betfred Championship as they faced off Rochdale Hornets in a 18 – 12 win
It was a good first showing from the Bulldogs as they marched their way straight up the hill from kick off. Former Hornets player Lewis Galbraith was the first player to score, with some smart play along the edge placing him over in the corner. David Scott didn’t miss the kick.
Lewis Galbraith showed no sign of slowing down soon as he quickly snapped up a brace, seeing the ball being shipped right to left for a stunning finish on the line. David Scott once again converted.
Rochdale did manage to get on the scoresheet before the first half was called with Adam Lawton making his way across following on from a penalty leaked during a breakdown in the middle. Daniel Abram converted.
HALF-TIME sounded and Batley held a lead of 12 – 6 against the Hornets.
Batley extended their lead further in the second half ensuring that the hosts needed at least one try and two conversions to make the scores level. David Scott added the penalty goal from in front.
Diskins men were soon to add more points on their tally as Dominic Brambani placed a kick near the corner that had seen Alistair Leak being the quickest to the ball, passing out to Sam Wood who created the overlap for Wayne Reittie to race over. David Scott couldn’t convert.
Rochdale had the last say during the second half, with a quick succession of sets placing them in great field position. Lee Mitchell was the player score for the visitors. Daniel Abram converted.
FULL-TIME: Batley Bulldogs 18 – 12 Rochdale Hornets
Batley Xlll – David Scott, Wayne Reittie, Sam Wood, Sam Smeaton, Lewis Galbraith, Danny Yates, Dominic Brambani, Adam Gledhill, Alistair Leak, Tony Everett, Dane Manning, Jack Downs and James Brown.
Interchange – Tom Hemmingway, Joe Taira, Tom Lilleycrop and Lewis Bienek
Rochdale Xlll – Daniel Abram, Shaun Ainscough, Shaun Case, Patrick Flynn, Brandon Wood, Tyler Whittaker, Stuart Howarth, Carl Forester, Scott Moore, Sitaleki Akoula, Michael Wheldon, Lee Mitchel and Matthew Davis.
Interchange – Patrick Moran, Adam Lawton, Liam Carberry, Ellis Gillam.
The Bulldogs’ away fixture with Toronto Wolfpack will take place at KCOM Craven Park, homoe of Hull KR, on Sunday 17th March with a 5pm Kick-off.
The tie will be part of a double header held on the day with Rovers facing Challenge Cup Winners Catalans Dragons at 3pm.
One ticket will allow access for both games, full details to be confirmed.
It has also been confirmed the Batley v Toulouse game at the Fox’s Biscuits Stadium on March 23rd will be streamed live on the RFL Our League app.
A much improved performace from The Bulldogs saw them come back to within 2 points of a very strong Halifax side despite trailing 0-18 at Half-Time.
Matt Diskin’s side were finishing the stronger of the two but couldn’t grab the crucial score before the hooter sounded.
Final Score: Halifax 20-18 Bulldogs
Match highlights below.
Match Report by Luke Winner
Batley Bulldogs welcomed Barrow Raiders in the opening fixture of the Betfred Championship season, the afternoon seeing the hosts fall short in a tough battle, 18 – 22.
Diskin’s men were the first team to grab themselves on the score sheet as Sam Wood barged over from close range after constant pressure proved too much in the end. David Scott converted.
Barrow were soon to hit back though with Jake Spedding taking an interception to run the full length and score. Jamie Dallimore converted.
Alistair Leak added more points onto the tally seeing the Bulldogs make use of their extra man after Jamie Dallimore was sent to the bin. David Scott added the extras.
It eventually became tit for tat as Barrow responded twice, with a Bulldogs try in the middle. Johnathon Smith and Jake Spedding stampeded across for the visitors as well as Dominic Brambani for the hosts diving over from some quick hand. Barrows’ Jamie Dalimoore converted one out of the two and Batley’s David Scott added their extras.
HALF-TIME was called and Diskin’s side held a narrow lead at 18 – 14.
In the second half, the Bulldogs were unable to get on the score sheet again. Ward, Dickinson and Brown went close but were unable to break a formidable opponent defence.
Lewis Charnock brought the Raiders back into the game after multiple sets took their toll on what was becoming a tired Batley line. Jamie Dallimore converted.
Paul Crarey’s side soon secured the win shortly after their previous try with a penalty goal as just a few minutes remained.
FULL-TIME: Batley Bulldogs 18 – 22 Barrow Raiders.
Overall, it was a physical and testing season opener as Matt Diskin’s team will now focus on Featherstone Rovers away at the LD Nutrition Stadium on 10th February.
Batley Xlll: David Scott, Wayne Reittie, Sam Wood, Lewis Galbraith, Johnny Campbell, Louis Jouffret, Dominic Brambani, Adam Gledhill, Alistair Leak, Toby Everet, Dane Manning, Jack Downs and Tyler Dickinson.
Interchange: James brown, Jo Taira, Michael Ward and Keenen Tomlinson.
Barrow Xlll: Theerapol Ritson, Stargroth Amean, Deon Cross, Jake Spedding, Thomas Loxham, Jamie Dallimore, Lewis Charnock, Thomas Walker, Wartovo Puara, Joshua Johnson, Johnathon Smith, Jordan Walne and Martin Aspinwall.
Interchange: Ryan Johnston, Jarrad Stack, Willie Minoga and Ryan Duffy
Full Report to follow
Batley Bulldogs and Dewsbury Rams are to join in a reciprocal offer which will see Season Ticket holders admitted to each other’s Betfred Championship fixtures, for a reduced admission of £10, on production of the ticket.
The two clubs usually have home ties on different weekend or days and the offer will ensure those who don’t always travel to away fixtures have local Rugby League on their doorstep.
Bulldogs’ Chairman Kevin Nicholas told us “There is of course a fierce rivalry between the two clubs, but a friendly and healthy rivalry. Both need to prosper and working together is always a positive move.”
“A number of supporters visited rival fixtures last year, and the success of the K2 Yorkshire Cup shows the appetite for Rugby League in the area, A high number of “neutral” supporters attended the fixtures”
The offer comes on the back of previous deals offered independently by the clubs, with Batley’s successful offer to Super League clubs set to continue for 2019, also at £10.
“The Betfred Championship is a fantastic competition with high quality teams, and this season is set to be as competitive as ever.”
The Bulldogs open their campaign at home to Barrow Raiders this Sunday, 3rd February, while The Rams first home encounter sees York City Knights visit on February 10th.
The offer will apply for all Betfred Championship League fixtures, with the exceptions of those between the two clubs.