We seen a weekend of shocks, close games and the odd blow out but the magic of the cup is still alive for Castleford Lock Lane after they defeated fellow amateurs Featherstone Lions and now will be looking forward to Tuesday evening’s 5th round draw and the chance of drawing a Super League side. A close win for Dewsbury as they knocked out Bradford by 1 point and the same margin of victory for near neighbours Batley as they defeated Whitehaven thanks to a Dom Brambani drop goal.

Friday 19th March

Hunslet Hawks 48 – 6 Doncaster

It was the Hawks on top in this all League 1 Clash which got the round underway. It was a simple win for the Leeds based outfit in the Yorkshire derby, they ran 9 tries in with Richie Barnett finding the Whitewash four times for Matt Bramald’s side. The only reply came from interchange Zac Braham on a night that Gary Thornton will want to forget about quickly and now focus on the League 1 campaign.

Hunslet

Try Scorers – Barnett 4, Lee 2, Watson, Waterman, Mvududu

Goals – Brown 6

Doncaster

Try Scorer – Braham

Goals – Hedges

Dewsbury Rams 31 – 30 Bradford Bulls 

It went right down to the wire at the Tetley’s stadium but a drop goal from ex-SL player Paul Sykes secured victory for Glen Morrison’s men in which James Lowes will be ruing the missed conversions having score more tries than the Rams, Danny Addy missed three conversions. Sykes was the hero securing 5 conversions as well as his drop goal.

Dewsbury 

Try scorers – Morton 2, Grant, Teanby, Brown

Goals – Sykes 5 + 1DG 

Bradford

Try scorers – Blythe, Caro, Addy, Lumb, Olbison

Goals – Addy 3

Saturday 19th March

Featherstone Lions 16 – 30 Castleford Lock Lane

The dream is still alive for Martin Rowse’s Lock Lane side as they became the second amateur side in two years to reach the fifth round of the competition after matching Leigh Miners Rangers efforts from 2015. A healthy crowd of over 1700 saw Lock Lane beat Jamie Rooney’s Fev Lions. Nathan Fozzard scored two tries for the visitors and Danny Rowse converted all of Lock Lane’s five tries. SL Players Gareth Ellis & Tom Briscoe selected Lock Lane’s Nathan Siddons as man of the match.

Featherstone Lions 

Try Scorers – Williams 2, Jackson

Goals – Jackson 2 

Lock Lane 

Try Scorers – Fozzard 2, Price, Lidbury, Hayward

Goals – Rowse 5

Toulouse Olympique 62 – 28 Gloucestershire All Golds 

It was the Mark Khierallah show for the home side for the second successive cup tie, Khierallah was the stand out player in the previous round against Wath Brow and put in a 30 point performance to help the French side progress to the 5th round. Khierallah scored three tries and nine goals for his 30 points. Hooker Steve Parry was the star man for the visitors scoring three tries. Toulouse will be looking for a cup run similar to the one they had in 2005 when they reached the semi-finals and were defeated by runners up Leeds Rhinos.

Toulouse 

Tries – Khierallah 3, Ford 2, White, Canet, Kriouache, Maurel, Minga, Boyer

Goals – Khierallah 9

Gloucester 

Tries – Parry 3, Davidson, Leather 

Goals – Davies 4

Pilkington Recs 0 – 78 Halifax 

Richard Marshall’s Halifax ran in 14 tries as they easily progressed against NCL Premier St Helens based side Pilikington. The amateur side had to play this at the home of Super League neighbours St Helens but the relocation couldn’t inspire the home side to cause an upset as half back Gaz Moore scored four tries to run riot. The visitors had only won 2 of their six games and will be hoping they can use this as a springboard for their Easter campaign.

Pilkington Recs

Tries – N/A

Goals – N/A

Halifax 

Tries – Moore 4, Robinson 2, Ambler 2, Barber, Greenwood, Tangata, Smeaton, Eccleston, Fairbank

Goals – Tyrer 6, Robinson 4, Moore 

Batley Bulldogs 37 – 36 Whitehaven 

Batley were the first winners of the Challenge cup back in 1897 & 1898 defeating St Helens & Braford. The Bulldogs haven’t been to the final since but their cup run continues with a tight one point victory in a classic cup tie where the only thing that mattered to both sides was scoring points. 12 tries and conversions were shared equally with only Dom Brambani’s drop goal in the dying minutes being the only way to separate the two sides. The two clubs will do battle again on Easter Monday and both sides will be hoping for similar battle.

Batley Bulldogs

Tries – Rowe 2, Brown, Davey, Rettie, Chandler 

Goals – Walker 6, Brambani 1DG

Whitehaven 

Tries – Jouffret, Taylor, Carberry, Gore, Newton, Holliday 

Goals – Jouffret 6 

Sheffield Eagles 32 – 28 Swinton Lions 

Sheffield just scraped through to the 5th round in Mark Aston’s 500th game as coach thanks to his son Cory who scored with minutes left on the clock to defeat the gutsy Swinton side who are still looking for their first win in 2016. The Lions lead at half time by eight points but conceding four second half tries including two in four minutes meant their cup dream was over.

Sheffield Eagles 

Tries – Blackmore 2, Straughier, Yere, Knowles, Aston 

Goals – Knowles, Hewitt 3 

Swinton Lions 

Tries – Hallett 3, Littler, Morrison

Goals – Atkin 4 

Leigh Centurions 68 – 14 Workington Town 

This tie was over as a contest after the opening quarter as the home side had crossed for half of their twelve tries including Aussie Cory Paterson crossing for an 18 minute hat-rick. Harrison Hansen also crossed for two tries for the home side who lead 32-10 at half time. Martyn Ridyard converted 10 of the 12 tries against a Workington side who have a local derby against their neighbours Whitehaven on Good Friday before welcoming the Centurions on Easter Monday.

Leigh Centurions 

Tries – Paterson 4, Hansen 2, Reynolds, Hood, Pownall, Smith, Acton, Hopkins

Goals – Ridyard 10

Workington Town

Tries – Sammut, Ritson, Whiteley 

Goals – Forber

London Broncos 26 – 48 Featherstone Rovers 

London may be top of the championship after six rounds but they bow out of the Challenge Cup in the fourth round for the third year in a row and are still looking for their first win since their 70-0 defeat against Wigan in the 2013 semi-final. Ian Hardman starred for the visitors as he crossed for five tries and will be hoping for Super League opposition after running Catalans Dragons very close last season.

London Broncos

Tries – Foster 2, Kear, Williams, Barthau

Goals – Leatherbarrow 3

Featherstone Rovers

Hardman 5, Ormondroyd, Day, Johnson, Turner 

Goals – Johnson 6 

Sunday 20th March 

Oldham Roughyeds 40 – 6 Kells 

Peter Smith’s Kells Cup run is over with defeat to League 1 side Oldham at Bower Field, Kells had already defeated professional opposition this season as they defeated Hemel in the previous round but they couldn’t match up to the Oldham side despite best efforts of the amateur side. Former Italy full back Richard Lepori starred as he grabbed the man of the match award.

Oldham Roughyeds 

Tries – Chisholm 2, Holmes 2, Ford, Middlehurst, Files, Grimshaw

Goals – Roper 4 

Kells 

Tries – Watson

Goals – Gainford 

Rochdale Hornets 48 – 20 Siddal 

Siddal were also conquers of professional opposition as they defeated Newcastle Thunder but they couldn’t match up to their professional opposition as Rochdale ran in nine tries to sweep past their NCL opponents. Hornets got past this round last year after defeating Kells and are into the 5th round for the first time since 2009.

Rochdale Hornets 

Tries – Tilley 2, Biscomb, Bloomfield, Hadden, McClurg, Tahraoui, Moores, Lee 

Goals – Crook 5, Lee 

Siddal – Bakosa, Garratt, Boults, Boothroyd 

Goals – Brooke 2 

York City Knights 20 – 12 Keighley Cougars

York are through to the fifth round draw on Tuesday Night as they defeated Keighley in a true game of two halves with York scoring their points in the first half and Keighley scoring their points in the second. Full back Richard Wilkinson was Man of the Match for the home side who could have had more of a comfortable margin if Danny Nicklas had converted more than 2 of his 5 conversion attempts.

York City Knights 

Tries – Emmett, Morland, Buchannan, Nicklas 

Goals – Nicklas 2

Keighley Cougars 

Tries – Brook, Feather

Goals – Brook 2 

The draw for the fifth round will take place on Sportsday on the BBC news channel and it will be drawn by Sam Tomkins and Sean Long who has replaced Joey Barton who has pulled out due to a training camp with his Burnley. The draw will take place at 6.30 pm and can be seen on Freeview Channel 130, Sky Channel 570, Freesat channel 200 or Virgin Media Channel 601. The fifth round ties will take place over the weekend of 16th & 17th April with Sky broadcasting a tie on Saturday 16th April which will kick off at 5pm.