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Summary

  1. FT: Featherstone Lions 18-6 Thatto Heath Crusaders
  2. Thatto Heath Crusaders are reigning National Conference League champions
  3. Featherstone Lions currently play in the National Conference League Division One
  4. Winners will enter the third-round draw where teams from League 1 join the competition
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Featherstone Lions v Thatto Heath (14:00 GMT)

In the shadow of two famous Challenge Cup winning teams, Featherstone Lions and Thatto Heath Crusaders will enjoy their own spotlight when their second-round tie is broadcast on BBC Sport.

For the Lions, read Rovers. One of the smallest villages to have produced a cup-winning team - as the former mining hub did on three separate occasions - it also boasts an amateur side with equally proud traditions and a production line of talent that has gone on to play professionally.

In Thatto Heath's case, it is St Helens who dominate the landscape. However, the Crusaders are the reigning National Conference League champions and have also developed plenty of talent over the years.

For the winning side, a place in the third round draw awaits where teams from League 1 join the competition.

Saturday, 10 February

Featherstone Lions v Thatto Heath

13:50-16:00, Connected TV and online

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Featherstone Lions beat National Conference League side Skirlaugh to reach the second round of the Challenge Cup

What is the Challenge Cup?

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The Challenge Cup is a knockout rugby league cup competition held annually since 1896, with the exception of 1915–1919 and 1939–1940. It involves amateur, semi-professional and professional clubs.

The teams from the top tier of rugby league, known as the Super League, enter the Cup in the fifth and sixth rounds, with the final of the prestigious competition held at Wembley Stadium.

The current holders of the Challenge Cup are Hull who defeated Wigan 18–14 to retain the trophy they won at Wembley the previous year.

Despite losing last year’s final, Wigan are the most successful club in the history of the competition, winning the cup a record 19 times.

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