Cup draw tonight

Date published: Monday, February 24, 2014
HOPING to cash in on a money-spinning Tetley’s Challenge Cup run, Oldham will be sweating on a home tie against an amateur club when the draw for the third round is made in Gloucester tonight.
Last year they drew a killer, losing 36-10 at Championship club Hunslet Hawks and taking a financial battering from a tie watched by 326 diehard fans whose admission money didn’t come close to meeting match overheads.
It was the first time in 16 seasons, going back to the formation of the ‘new’ Oldham club in 1997, that Roughyeds had gone out of the sport’s biggest cup competition at what was for them the first hurdle.
In the same period they posted wins against amateur clubs 16 times from as many ties, including third and fourth-round victories in 2004, and reached the fifth round, or better, on no fewer than seven occasions.
Their best-ever cup run was in 2008 when Steve Deakin’s side saw off the British Army, Swinton Lions and Dewsbury Rams, all away, before losing at Super League club Wakefield Trinity Wildcats in the quarter-final.
They went to the fifth round in 1999, 2001, 2004, 2007, 2009 and 2012, going out to Super League clubs Wakefield (2001), Warrington (2004), Harlequins (2007) and St Helens (2012).
They were also beaten by top-flight clubs in fourth-round ties in 2002 (St Helens at Stalybridge), 2003 (London Broncos at Brentford) and 2011 (Hull FC at the KC Stadium).
Looking ahead to tonight’s draw, Oldham chairman Chris Hamilton said: “Amateur clubs are spurred on by the chance to become giant-killers.
“For clubs like Oldham it’s the start of what will hopefully be a good cup run, culminating in the opportunity to play against a top team from Super League.
“Either way, the cup is exciting for fans and players alike.”
Oldham’s last tie against Super League opposition was nearly two years ago, before Scott Naylor’s arrival as coach, when they were drawn at home to St Helens. The tie was switched to Langtree Park where Saints won 76-0, but Oldham were rewarded with their share of receipts from a crowd of 5,746.
Amateur teams in the hat tonight are the British Army, Milford Marlins, Wigan St Pat’s, Hull Dockers, East Leeds, Kells, Egremont Rangers, Normanton Knights, Pilkington Recs, Wath Brow Hornets and West Hull.
The draw will be made at 6.10pm at the University of Gloucester and will be broadcast live on BBC Radio Gloucester.
Fans can tune in online at www.bbc.co.uk/radio/player/bbc_radio_gloucestershire/
The draw will also be streamed live on www.allgoldsrugby.com