Ladbrokes Challenge Cup: Distington hoping to continue underdog story

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The Second Round of the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup is upon us and there’s one tie in particular that’s captured the imagination.

Making their first ever appearance in the competition, the Cumbria Men’s League champions Distington dumped out National Conference Division One side Normanton Knights on their own patch last month.

And following that famous 31-18 success the village side now have another scalp firmly in their sights.

National Conference Premier League outfit York Acorn stand in the way of Distington and an incredible Third Round berth.

And with a potential draw against a Kingstone Press League 1 team on offer there’s plenty of motivation for both sides.

“It’s a good incentive, playing a League 1 club. It’d be great to get to the third round and face someone like Barrow,” said Distington head coach Carl Hewer.

“They’re only 40 miles down the coast, so it’d be a great Cumbrian derby. But we’re not looking any further than York Acorn, really. I’ve seen a bit of them and they’re a good side, so we’ll be massive underdogs going into it again.

“We have nothing to lose. If we make a good account of ourselves and put in a decent performance then I’ll be proud and we’ll see where that takes us.”

Meanwhile, fellow Cumbrian side Kells are facing the opposite scenario as they welcome First Round upsetters Underbank Rangers.

They beat Leigh Miners Rangers to progress and Kells coach Peter Smith isn’t taking the opposition lightly.

Speaking to the News and Star he said: “That was a terrific result for them so we are expecting a tough contest. We pipped them for promotion in our first season in the Conference set-up and since then they have followed us through, now reaching the First Division.

“They are obviously a club on the rise and I hear they have named Darren ‘Rocky’ Turner in the squad for Saturday. He’s 42 now but has been a top pro in his day with Sheffield and Huddersfield.”

You can get that #ChallengeCup Feeling by following @Ladbrokes on Twitter for the latest behind-the-scenes footage from the Second Round feature game between Shaw Cross Sharks and Castleford Lock Lane!

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This weekend’s Ladbrokes Challenge Cup Second Round fixtures:

Kells v Underbank Rangers

Millom v Pilkington Recs

Shaw Cross Sharks v Castleford Lock Lane

Hunslet Club Parkside v West Hull

York Acorn v Distington

Hull Dockers v Featherstone Lions

Wath Brow Hornets v Oulton Raiders

Egremont Rangers v Rochdale Mayfield

Siddal v Northumbria University

For the latest Ladbrokes Challenge Cup odds click here

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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William Geldart

Having graduated with a degree in English Literature from the University of Wales, Bangor, William contributed to a number of online football blogs before finally finding his pot of gold at the end of the rainbow alongside the rest of the Ladbrokes News team. Now indulging passions for football, horse racing, greyhounds, boxing and political betting. Supports Wycombe Wanderers and can be spotted at various lower league and non-league grounds across the country.