Bulldogs rewarded for cup win with Lions home clash

Bulldogs winger Wayne Reittie gets the ball down under a cluster of Normanton defenders during last Saturday's Challenge Cup tie at Belle Vue. 'Picture: Paul Butterfield.
Bulldogs winger Wayne Reittie gets the ball down under a cluster of Normanton defenders during last Saturday's Challenge Cup tie at Belle Vue. 'Picture: Paul Butterfield.

Batley Bulldogs have been rewarded for their emphatic Challenge Cup victory over Normanton with a home tie against Swinton Lions.

The game is a likely to take place on Sunday April 19 with a 3pm kick off at Fox’s Biscuits Stadium.

Batley have a good record against the Lions having won their last five meetings and you have to go back to April 2012 for the last time Swinton recorded victory over the Bulldogs.

Batley won both games in the Kingstone Championship last season as Swinton were relegated but the Lions have signalled their intentions of making a quick return with a promotion push.

With experience in their ranks in the form of Richie and Darren Hawkyard, Mick Nanyn, Stuart Littler and former Dewsbury Rams forward Tommy Gallagher, the Lions have made an impressive start this season.

They recorded an emphatic 86-4 victory over London Skolars in the Challenge Cup before defeating Rochdale Hornets 30-12 last week to book their place in the fifth round.

Although the Kingstone Press League One campaign has yet to start, Swinton have also progressed to the iPro Sports Cup semi-finals and entertain Newcastle Thunder this Sunday.

Tuesday’s Ladbrokes Challenge Cup fifth round draw threw up some intriguing ties with the four Super League clubs who enter at this stage facing tough games.

Bradford Bulls welcome Hull KR to Odsal in arguably the tie of the round, while Hull FC travel to Sheffield Eagles.

Wakefield Trinity entertain Halifax, while early Championship pace setters will be looking to spring a cup upset at home to Salford Red Devils.

Fifth round draw, ties to be played over the weekend of April 17-19: Hunslet Hawks v Dewsbury Rams, Leigh Miners Rangers v York City Knights, Bradford Bulls v Hull Kingston Rovers, Sheffield Eagles v Hull FC Batley Bulldogs v Swinton Lions, North Wales Crusaders v Featherstone Rovers Wakefield Trinity Wildcats v Halifax, Leigh Centurions v Salford Red Devils.