Despite leading at half-time, they couldn’t hold on to the lead as they exited the competition at the first round for the first time since 2017.
Bentley were playing in the Challenge Cup for the first time in their history, but were made to wait a little longer when kick-off was delayed due to the officials not being ready.
When the game got going, it was the Army who settled into their stride. Pete Holmes burst through a tight space to get the first try of the match, which was converted by Kieran Roche.
Their lead didn’t last too long though. Bentley hit back with a try of their own when Scott Smith pounced upon some space and Jack Craswell converted the kick to level the scores at 6-6.
Just before half-time, a lapse of ill-discipline handed the Army a lead at the interval. Roche looked confident with his penalty and delivered with a well-taken kick, but that’s as good as it good for the men in red.
Jake Starbuck, who only recently finished service in the RAF, took advantage of a stuttering Army defence to ground another converted try. That meant Bentley now led 12-8.
Despite another successful Roche penalty, Bentley started to play with confidence. They attacked as a team and got back in numbers which resulted in a lot of frustration from the military side.
The decisive try of the game came with ten minutes to go. Alex Bates slammed the ball down and Craswell’s conversion meant the Army had a mountain to climb.