Rugby League

Challenge Cup: RAF out in first round

The airmen went down 24-6 to a well drilled Thornhill Trojans side in Thornhill, West Yorkshire.

The Royal Air Force sadly couldn’t make it three wins from three games for military teams in the first round of the Challenge Cup.

The airmen went down 24-6 to a well drilled Thornhill Trojans side in Thornhill, West Yorkshire.

Shrouded in fog for the majority of the game it was hard to see how the Royal Air Force would come back from an 18 point deficit at half time - Trojans Jamie Searby, Declan Kaye and Liam Morley getting themselves on the score sheet in the first half, all converted successfully by Joel Gibson.

15 minutes after the break a clever interception by Kieron Prescott saw him cover three quarters of the pitch to touchdown for the light blues only try - in front of the posts, he then converted his own score. 

The home team, who play in the National Conference League Premier Division, scored once more through Luke Haigh for a deserved win and progression through to the second round where they’ll meet League One side Doncaster. 

For the RAF, a disappointing result but there were just too many errors to put together a winning performance, perhaps they’ll find the time to support the Army or the Navy who play each other in the second round.