Siddal’s challenge against The Army

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Siddal have been drawn away to The Army in the first round of the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup.

The draw was conducted at Wembley Stadium this afternoon and hosted by BBC commentator Dave Woods alongside special guests Lizzie Jones, wife of the late Danny Jones, and 2015 Lance Todd Trophy winner Tom Briscoe.

Thirty six teams were in the hat and Gareth Greenwood’s Siddal will travel for the game on January 30/31.

Siddal suffered a disappointing exit to Featherstone Lions at Brighouse Sports Club in the 2015 competition but have given splendid performances against professional opposition in the past.

Leeds Rhinos are the current holders of the Challenge Cup, having beaten Hull Kingston Rovers 50-0 in the 2014 final.

Nine winning teams from the second round will face teams from Kingstone Press League 1 in the third round (February 27-28).

Halifax and other Kingstone Press Championship sides enter at the fourth round stage (March 19-20).

The bottom four clubs in the 2015 First Utility Super League season enter in the fifth (April 16-17) with the top eight Super League teams in 2015 joining the competition in the sixth round (May 7-8).

Draw: London Chargers v Shawcross Sharks, Thatto Heath v Hunslet Parkside, Aberdeen Warriors v Northumbria University, Stanningley v Pilkington Recs, Normanton Knights v Distington, The Army v Siddal, West Bowling v Lock Lane, Leigh Miners Rangers v Underbank Rangers, East Leeds v Oulton Raiders, Millom v University of Hull, Royal Navy v Featherstone Lions, Widnes West Bank v Rochdale Mayfield, Wath Brow v RAF, Hull Dockers v Thornhill Trojans, Egremont Rangers v Blue Bulls, West Hull v Great Britain Police, Kells v Nottingham, York Acorn v Sharleston Rovers.