Carnegie Challenge fourth-round draw against Hull FC

Date published: Monday, March 21, 2011

ROUGHYEDS have welcomed the fourth-round Carnegie Challenge Cup draw which pairs us with a potential money-spinner at Hull FC.

We will play the Super League giants in the eight-year-old state-of-the-art 25,586 all-seat KC Stadium, home of both Hull FC and their soccer neighbours Hull City.

It will be our first Challenge Cup tie against Super League opposition since we lost 46-4 at Wakefield Trinity Wildcats in the last eight in 2008 after beating the British Army at Aldershot, Swinton away and Dewsbury away to reach the quarter-finals.

Said chairman Chris Hamilton: “It’s a good draw for us. We couldn’t have played a Super League club at Whitebank, so if we were going to be drawn with one it was obviously beneficial to be drawn away.

“Like all clubs in our position we wanted a tie that would give us a good chance of progressing or one with the potential to make us a bit of money and I think we have got the latter, given how well supported Hull FC are.

“They have international players right across the park, and we will be taking them on in a magnficent stadium. It will be a day to remember for everyone at the Roughyeds — players, staff and fans — and it will throw us the sort of challenge that the club relishes.”

The full draw is: St Helens v Sheffield; York v Hull KR; Featherstone v Lezignan; London Skolars v Widnes; Leigh v Catalan Dragons; Wigan v Barrow; Leeds v Crusaders; Batley v Hudderfield; Dewsbury v Swinton; Halifax v Bradford; Hunslet v Salford; Rochdale H v Castleford; Gateshead v Harlequins; Warrington v Keighley; HULL FC v OLDHAM; Doncaster v Wakefield.

Ben Heaton and Matthew Fogarty have been added to an Oldham casualty list which also includes John Gillam, Martin Roden and Marcus St Hilaire.

Full-back Heaton missed yesterday’s defeat at Workington after going down with tonsillitis, while centre-or-wing Fogarty took a painful blow to the knee in the first half at Derwent Park. He was hurt in a collision with team mate Mark Brocklehurst as both Oldham players went to clear a teasing kick from Town scrum-half Scott Kaighan on the Roughyeds line. He soldiered on until well into the second half when he was finally pulled off.

Coach Tony Benson filled the void created by Heaton’s illness by recalling Lucas Onyango after suspension on the wing and switching Brocklehurst to full-back.

Gillam (fractured eye socket) will be out for several weeks but Martin Roden (hamstring), St Hilaire (hamstring) and Fogarty will all be battling for fitness ahead of next Sunday’s visit of Swinton Lions to Whitebank, 3pm kick off.