Underbank Rangers will face Wath Brow Hornets at home in the second round of the Challenge Cup after coasting to a 48-10 first round win over Stanley Rangers.
The Conference National champions staged the clash at YMCA’s Laund Hill ground and had a comfortable eight-try romp against a Stanley squad depleted by illness within their camp.
Rangers, in the second round for the first time in their history, will now face the Cumbrian Premier Division outfit with the tie to be played over the weekend of March 24-25.
The draw took place aboard the Royal Navy vessel, HMS Illustrious, when the three Armed Forces teams joined 14 National Premier Division clubs and the 11 sides who have negotiated the preliminary and first rounds of the competition – England head coach and former Giants skipper Steve McNamara making the draw.
Underbank were led superbly up front against Stanley by the impressive Kris Harrop and Jacob Senior and Rangers held an eight-point lead at half-time as Stanley closed the gap on the whistle, but the second period was one-way traffic with the home side notching five unanswered tries.
Underbank suffered an early blow as hooker Joe Worthington was led from the field after only two minutes with a leg injury, but his replacement Senior immediately broke the visitor’s defence but couldn’t find any support.
However, he repeated the trick on 12 minutes and sent Craig Williams on his way with the second rower racing over from 30m for the opening score.
Stand-off Neil Barrett added the goal, the first of eight successful kicks on a perfect day with the boot.
Harrop spotted a gap and scooted in for Rangers’ second try, but Stanley responded and half back Danny Grice sent centre Jackie Hogan over the line, but Grice missed the conversion.
Underbank then stretched their lead on the half hour as Harrop found Senior in support who rounded the full-back to score.
At 18-4 up Underbank appeared to be in full control, but on the stroke of half-time Stanley’s Grice launched a kick and winger Scott Childs picked up the loose ball to race over – Grice added the extras.
However, Underbank blitzed the visitors early in the second half with a two-try salvo from Aussie full back Nick Briggs in the first 10 minutes of the period and they raced to victory with further touchdowns from Senior, and two from centre Michael Lang.