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Challenge Cup Round Four Preview: Leigh Miners Rangers vs Oxford RLFC

Date: Saturday 21st March

Kick off: 2.30pm

Venue: Leigh Sports Village

This game has been the most talked about tie in the competition so far this year as amateur side Leigh Miners host Kingston Press League One side Oxford in the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup fourth round.

The NCL Premier Division side have been forced to move the tie from their home at Twist Lane to Leigh Sports Village, the home of Leigh Centurions.

Their venue was deemed not suitable as it did not meet the competitions regulations, forcing the amateur outfit to pay around £3000 for their alternate venue. To fund this they have set up the ‘100 Club’ which offers memberships at £25 to local businesses which will give them fantastic advertising opportunities.

The Miners were beaten by Hull Dockers in the first round of the competition but were reinstated due to the Hull side fielding an ineligible player. In the second round they defeated Walney Central 26-18 and edged a tight affair against West Hull 32-28 to book their place in the fourth round.

That was followed up by a 24-22 victory in their opening league fixture against Wigan St Patricks to round off a hat-trick of home wins.

Oxford crashed out of the iPro Sport Cup at home to newly named Newcastle Thunder in the first round as Stanley Gene’s men ran out 56-20 winners. They bounced back with a Challenge Cup third round victory away to fellow League One side Hemel Stags, winning 22-10 to set up their tie with Leigh Miners.

The rugby league community have got behind the amateur side since it was announced that they had to move the venue of the tie and it is very likely they will be behind them come Saturday.

Leigh Miners will be hoping they can pull off a big upset and book a place in the fifth round of the competition, when the teams placed 9th-12th in last season’s Super League enter the fray.

My name is Sean Hayes. I am from Widnes, England. I am currently studying journalism at Salford University. Aspiring sports journalist and rugby league fanatic whether it is watching, playing or writing about the greatest game! Follow me on twitter @SHayesNBL

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