Elland power into third round

James Marsh opens the scoring
James Marsh opens the scoring

Elland earned a place in Tuesday evening’s draw for the third round of the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup with a comfortable 16-4 victory over Egremont Rangers at Greetland Community Centre yesterday.

Karl Fairbank’s side, 26-0 winners over Leeds Beckett University a fortnight earlier, always looked on control against opponents who played two levels above them in the National Conference League last season.

Their man of the match was experienced forward Andy Shickell, who has been playing rugby union for Old Rishworthians this winter.

James Marsh drew first blood for Elland, who were promoted behind Kells in Division Two last autumn. Phil Taylor converted.

The Cumbrians cut the deficit to 6-4 with an unconverted try from centre Ross Brooks but Taylor extended Elland’s interval lead to four points with a penalty after a dangerous tackle on Chris Dyson.

Tom Harnett put more daylight between the teams with a try converted by Taylor.

Taylor then missed with a drop goal attempt but completed the scoring with a penalty.

The draw will take place at Heritage Quay, University of Huddersfield on Tuesday (7.00).

It will be conducted by Rugby League Hall of Fame members Alex Murphy MBE and Malcolm Reilly OBE, a former Halifax coach.

The third round features 12 ties involving the 10 winners from the second round and 14 clubs from the Kingstone Press League One. Ties will be played over the weekend of March 7-8.