Harrison: We will respect amateurs

HALIFAX boss Karl Harrison has said his side will not underestimate Myton after they were paired with the Humberside amateurs in the third round of the Carnegie Challenge Cup.

Myton, who play alongside Siddal - who were drawn away at Championship One outfit Swinton - in the Premier Division of the National Conference, have home advantage against Fax, although Harrison said he would be “happy” to host the game at the Shay if asked.

“These can be difficult games if you turn up soft,” warned Harrison.

“You’re up against players who have played pro or want to play pro and they want to show their skills off against a better side.

“We played Fryston last year when I was at Batley and they actually took the lead, which brings it home a bit.

“They are probably the best team in Hull at the moment, so they’ll have a decent side.

“We’ll show them some respect.”

Harrison’s assistant coach Lee Greenwood will take Siddal to the Lions’ new home at Leigh Sports Village, although he believes the chances of an upset against last season’s Championship One champions, who were so nearly beaten by Siddal at the same stage in 2009, are slim.

“In the third round, you’re either looking for a game you can win or a nice day out at a decent stadium,” said Greenwood, who said he was “hoping to avoid” the two matches clashing.

“This year, I think we’ve got the second. They’ve got some good individuals and we shouldn’t really get near them.”

Harrison has also confirmed that Fax centre Steve Tyrer, who left the field during Sunday’s opening league win over Hunslet with a chest injury, has been told he has not fractured his sternum.

“The X-rays are clear and Steve’s feeling okay; he’s going to try to train tonight,” said Harrison, who takes his side to York on Sunday.

Full draw: Oulton Raiders v Sheffield Eagles, North Wales Crusaders v Toulouse Olympique XIII, London Skolars v Leigh Centurions, Myton Warriors v Halifax, York City Knights v Hull Dockers, Gateshead Thunder v York Acorn, Hunslet Old Boys v Featherstone Rovers, Swinton Lions v Siddal, Workington Town v Batley Bulldogs, Doncaster v Sharlston Rovers, Egremont Rangers v Oldham, Whitehaven v Hunslet Warriors, Wath Brow Hornets v South Wales Scorpions, Barrow Raiders v FC XIII Lezignan, East Hull v Rochdale Hornets, Hunslet Hawks v Royal Navy, Bradford Dudley Hill v Keighley Cougars, Dewsbury Rams v Thatto Heath Crusaders

The ties will be played over the weekend of March 24/25.