Cup draw later today

Date published: Tuesday, March 18, 2014
OLDHAM are no strangers to the fourth round of the Tetley’s Challenge Cup, the draw for which will be made later today from Quay House, Media City.
Since the ‘new’ club entered the competition for the first time in 1998, Roughyeds have crashed out at the first time of asking — round three — only once, at Hunslet Hawks last year.
On the other 16 occasions they have beaten amateur opposition to progress to the fourth round when the big boys of Super League take centre stage.
Saturday’s 42-24 victory at Egremont Rangers extended Oldham’s 100 per cent record against amateur sides to 17 wins from 17 games, given that in 2004 they knocked out Castleford Panthers in the third round and Sharlston Rovers in the fourth.
Over the same 17-year period they have reached the quarter-final once, losing at Wakefield Trinity Wildcats in 2008 after seeing off the British Army, Swinton Lions and Dewsbury Rams en route.
On six other occasions they have gone to round five, most recently in 2012 when they beat Egremont away and Barrow at home before going out to St Helens at Langtree Park.
Today’s draw will involve the 14 First Utility Super League clubs and the 18 third-round survivors, comprising 13 Championship clubs and five from Championship One — Oldham, London Skolars, Hemel Stags, Hunslet Hawks and York City Knights.
The draw will be made at 3.45pm and will be broadcast live on BBC 5 Live Extra and on three BBC local radio stations across Lancashire and Yorkshire, including BBC Radio Manchester.
* FANS who pre-ordered replicas of Oldham’s new home kit — traditional red and white hoops —are asked to ring the club on 0161 624 9630 (ext 70552) to collect and pay for them as soon as possible.
* THE supporters’ association (ORSA) has a quiz night tomorrow (wed) in the sponsors’ lounge at Whitebank, 8pm start, admission £1.