Siddal hope to fly high while Elland host Leeds Beckett in Cup first round

Siddal V Keighley'Gareth Greenwood
Siddal V Keighley'Gareth Greenwood

Siddal have been handed an intriguing draw away to the Royal Air Force in the first round of the 2015 Ladbrokes Challenge Cup.

Elland, Calderdale’s other representatives in the draw at Wembley Stadium, will be at home to Leeds Beckett University on the weekend of January 31/February 1.

Siddal and Elland will be keen to hit their stride following successful National Conference League summer seasons.

Siddal finished third in the Premier while Elland gained promotion behind Kells in Division Two.

The Royal Air Force played their first round game last year at RAF Cranwell at Sleaford, Lincolnshire and beat Dewsbury Celtic 38-10. They then lost 44-10 away to Normanton Knights.

Forty teams went into the draw and they will be whittled down to 10 after the second round on the weekend of and February 14/15.

Kingstone Press League One sides enter the competition in the third round on March 7/8.

Halifax and the other Championship clubs enter the fray in the fourth round on April 21/22.

The bottom four teams in the 2014 First Utility Super League season enter in round five (April 18-19) with the top eight Super League teams in 2014 joining in round six ( May 16-17).

First round draw: Loughborough Uni v Hunslet Warriors, Oulton Raiders v Scarborough Pirates, Normanton Knights v Myton Warriors, Royal Navy v Saddleworth Rangers, East Leeds v Kells, GB Poli ce v Rochdale Mayfield, The Army v Wath Brow Hornets, Egremont Rangers v Wigan St Judes, Nottingham Outlaws v Blackbrook, Widnes West Bank v SW London Chargers, Shaw Cross Sharks v York Acorn, The RAF v Siddal, Valley Cougars v Leicester Storm, Hull Dockers v Leigh MR, Elland v Leeds Beckett Uni, Featherstone Lions v Queens, Lock Lane v Sharlston Rovers, Walney Central v Hunslet Parkside, Skirlaugh v Aberdeen Warriors, West Hull v Thatto Heath.