Blackwood Bulldogs in the Cup

Date published: Wednesday, February 17, 2010

by Roger Halstead

Roughyeds have been handed a home draw against Blackwood Bulldogs of South Wales in the third round of the Carnegie Challenge Cup on Sunday, March 7.

The draw was made last night (Tuesday) at the Metro Centre in Gateshead and comprised 13 amateur qualifiers plus 20 Co-operative Championship clubs plus three teams from the French Federation.

Oldham were third out of the hat in a draw which read as follows:

Widnes Vikings v Wigan St Jude’s; Oldham v Blackwood Bulldogs; Gateshead Thunder v York City Knights; London Skolars v Limoux; Doncaster v Siddal; Hornets v Lezignan; Drighlington v Dewsbury Rams; Batley v Leeds Met; Royal Navy v Blackpool; Featherstone v Workington; Warrington Wizards v Swinton; Leigh Miners Rangers v Whitehaven; Sheffield Eagles v Thatto Heath; Ovenden v Halifax; Barrow v Hunslet Warriors; Keighley Cougars v Toulouse; Leigh East v Hunslet Hawks; Leigh Centurions v Wath Brow.

Roughyeds know little of their opponents, who are based in Blackwood, Gwent and are one of the teams in South Wales who are to the fore in the development of the Welsh Rugby League.

They were Welsh Conference finalists in 2008 and champions in 2009 and among their ranks are several players with Welsh ‘A’ or Welsh under-18 caps.

They reached the third round of the Carnegie Challenge Cup by pulling off two home wins against Edge Hill University of Ormskirk and Edinburgh Eagles.

Said Roughyeds chairman Chris Hamilton: “They are not a team we know much about, but we have home advantage and it will be good to be playing a team we have never met before.

“Having made it this far, Bulldogs will be full of confidence, desire and vigour, but it will be a good test for us and I know the boys are looking forward to it.”

More immediately, Roughyeds sights are set on Sheffield Eagles whom Tony Benson’s men will meet on Monday night (8.00pm kick off) in a Northern Rail Cup qualifier at Sedgley Park.

For the second home game in a row at Sedgley Park, Atlantic Executive Travel of Heywood will provide FREE transport for Oldham fans, picking up at the Black Horse on Ripponden Road at 6.30pm; Mecca Bingo at 6.45pm; and The Railway public house in Royton at 7.00pm.

Roughyeds thank Atlantic Executive Travel for their help and support on this and trust that fans will take advantage of the offer. To do so you must reserve a seat on the bus as soon as possible with a call to the Roughyeds office on 0161 628 3677.

Once at the ground fans will note that a £2 transfer will be charged for those who want a seat in the stand, but Roughyeds’ season-ticket holders will upgrade to a seat free of charge so long as they take their seats before 7.45pm.

Seats will be reserved for season-ticket holders up to that time, but then they will be opened up to anyone.