Challenge Cup draw: Keighley Cougars’ coffers to get lift from tie with Bradford Bulls

A BUMPER crowd will boost the finances of Keighley Cougars when they take on neighbours Bradford Bulls in the most enticing tie of the Challenge Cup fourth round.

Former Bradford Bulls captain and Lance Todd Trophy winner Robbie Hunter-Paul, left, was joined by Simon Foster, son of Bradford Northern Rugby League legend Trevor, to conduct the Challenge Cup draw.

Keighley came out of special measures a month ago following a change of ownership and the home derby will revive memories of the glory days of Cougarmania in the early Nineties.

The draw produced four other all-Yorkshire ties.

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The lowest-ranked team left in the competition, National Conference Division One side Featherstone Lions, will be hoping to repeat a famous triumph of 21 years ago when they play host to League One Doncaster.

Hunslet will entertain their dual-registration partners Halifax while Batley Bulldogs and Dewsbury Rams welcome community clubs Lock Lane and West Hull respectively.

Sheffield Eagles, the 1998 winners, take on visitors Leigh Centurions, York City Knights travel to Barrow Raiders and Featherstone Rovers entertain Swinton Lions.

Conference outfit Siddal’s rearranged third-round tie at Workington Town will be staged this weekend with the winners hosting Newcastle Thunder.

Challenge Cup

Fourth-round draw: Keighley Cougars v Bradford Bulls, Whitehaven v Rochdale Hornets, Featherstone Lions v Doncaster, Barrow Raiders v York City Knights, Hunslet v Halifax, Featherstone Rovers v Swinton Lions, Sheffield Eagles v Leigh Centurions, Dewsbury Rams v West Hull, Workington Town/Siddal v Newcastle Thunder, Thatto Heath Crusaders v North Wales Crusaders, Batley Bulldogs v Lock Lane, Oldham v Widnes Vikings.

Ties to be played March 30-31

1895 Cup

First-round draw: Hunslet v Workington Town, Oldham v Whitehaven, Doncaster v West Wales Raiders, Newcastle Thunder v Keighley Cougars.

Ties to be played May 3-5