Castleford Lock Lane coach heading to Tottenham Hotspur

The renowned Castleford community club Lock Lane are hunting their second semi-professional scalp in consecutive rounds of the Betfred Challenge Cup this weekend when they host Rochdale Hornets in a tie to be streamed live by The Sportsman.

And for head coach Paul Couch, their famous victory at Oldham in front of the Our League cameras in the previous round has already earned a personal reward.

Couch is a lifelong fan of Tottenham Hotspur FC, regularly attending their away fixtures in the north – but has yet to experience the club’s new stadium, which is widely regarded as one of the best in sport.

So the RFL have presented him with a pair of tickets for the 2022 Betfred Challenge Cup Final on Saturday May 28 – which will be played at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium for the first time.

“The stadium looks amazing, and everyone’s heard about how good it is with all the bars and the fans so close to the action,” said Couch.

“I haven’t been able to get down there yet for a Spurs game, so I was really chuffed when the RFL invited me down for the Challenge Cup Final.

“I think it’s exciting for all Rugby League fans, not just people like me who support Spurs, to have the chance to watch our sport in such a great venue.”

Even Couch would concede that his Lock Lane team are unlikely to reach the Final, with the heavyweights of the Betfred Super League and Championship still to join the competition.

But together with his assistant coach Craig Huby – who played at Wembley for Castleford Tigers in the 2014 Cup Final – Couch has his sights set on securing a place in the Fourth Round, with the winners of Saturday’s tie to be at home to the in-form Championship club Barrow Raiders.

Rochdale Hornets are celebrating the centenary of the year in which they lifted the Challenge Cup for the only time, and had a promising victory over Midlands Hurricanes in the Second Round.

Their community neighbours, Rochdale Mayfield, are also aiming to spring a surprise this weekend with a home tie against Doncaster – and the winners of that game to host Whitehaven in Round Four.

Third Round (ties to be played February 12-13)

Lock Lane v Rochdale Hornets

Royal Navy v York Acorn

London Skolars v Hunslet Club Parkside

Swinton Lions v North Wales Crusaders

Rochdale Mayfield v Doncaster

Hunslet v Siddal

Fourth Round (ties to be played February 26-28)

York City Knights v Newcastle Thunder

Halifax Panthers v Featherstone Rovers

Leigh Cenurions v Widnes Vikings

Lock Lane or Rochdale Hornets v Barrow Raiders

Batley Bulldogs v Royal Navy or York Acorn

London Broncos v Bradford Bulls

London Skolars or Hunslet Club Parkside v Sheffield Eagles

Swinton Lions or North Wales Crusaders v Hunslet or Siddal

Workington Town v Dewsbury Rams

Rochdale Mayfield or Doncaster v Whitehaven

Fifth Round (5 ties) – March 12-13

Sixth Round (8 ties) – March 26-27 – Betfred Super League clubs enter

Quarter Finals – April 9-10

Semi Finals – Saturday May 7 at Elland Road, Leeds

Betfred Challenge Cup Final 2022 – Saturday May 28 at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium