The British Army is through to round three of this years Ladbrokes Challenge Cup after beating London Chargers 26-14.

The RAF suffered a heartbreaking 13-12 defeat at the hands of Batley Boys ARLFC, but their forces comrades got off to the best possible start in Aldershot.

Scott Bradley's strength carried him over the visitors' line for an unconverted try, putting his team 4-0 up.

The home side was then given the chance to extend their lead as Chargers man James Hutchison was penalised for tackling his opponent from an offside position.

Army rugby league Challenge Cup second round win 2018

Michael Hoyle was on target from the tee to add two points, to take the advantage to 6-0.

Minutes later the Army sliced through the Chargers defence again, this time with some ease.

Hoyle cantered in for another try, although he uncharacteristically failed to convert. His team, however, was now 10 points to the good.

However, the London side hit back as possibly the smallest player on the pitch, Eric Simms, squeezed over for a converted try to make the score 10-6.

Now, the visitors were in control.

Some simple passing along the line gave Sam Swire the chance to sprint to the line. The winger had plenty to do but crashed over to level the scores with an unconverted try.

Army rugby league Challenge Cup second round win 2018

But there was still time for the Army to edge back in front before the end of the first half.

Matty Scott scampered under the posts for a converted try as the Army went to the sheds 16-10 in front.

It was the capital-based side who started brightly after the break, though.

Shane Picker prodded the ball past his opposite number and Chris Martin plucked it out of the sky for an unconverted try.

That would be the last time Chargers troubled the scoreboard, however.

Instead, the Army players confirmed their place in round three with a couple of tries.

Army rugby league Challenge Cup second round win 2018

The first was taken by Lawrence Hamzat, before skipper George Clarke flopped over for a converted try (above).

That left the final score at 26-14, which sees the Army continue their Challenge Cup run - much to the delight of their head coach. Warrant Officer Class 2 Ben Taylor said:

"I think it's just the bond of the players [that's taken us this far].

"I think we just need to use all this energy and bring that to the third round... I'm looking forward to the draw now."

The Army find out who they face in the third round on Tuesday evening - keep your eyes on Forces Network to find out who's next for the forces outfit...

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