Challenge Cup Action For Coventry Bears


Coventry Bears Get Home Draw

Coventry Bears have been drawn at home in the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup Fourth Round.

The Bears who beat Distington on Sunday at Butts Park Arena, have been drawn at home to Pilkington Recs, who are the lowest based side left in the competition.

Pilkington, from St Helens in Merseyside, beat Millom in the last round, having beaten Wallsend Eagles in Round One, Thornhill Trojans in Round Two  and they will travel to the Butts Park Arena on March 17th or 18th.


Coventry Bears Through In League Cup

Coventry Bears Rugby League team are through to the Challenge Cup Round Four after a 42-12 win over Distington.

A crowd of 267 at Butts Park Arena saw the Cumbrians take the lead with a tenth minute penalty before Harry Chapman ran in a 17th minute try which Ben Stead converted.

Distington went into the lead with a 27th minute try but a Jason Bass try was again converted by Stead and Cov went into a lead which was extended just before half time when Bass went over again and Stead converted to make it 18-8 at half-time.

Distington were the first side to record a try in the second half which was not converted and they paid for that with a Harry Chapman try in the 50th minute and one from Chris Barratt which Stead converted in the 56th minute.

Lewis Ford ran in a try for The Bears which was added to by Hayden Freeman in the 62nd minute with Stead again converting.

In the 74th minute, Harry Chapman scored his third try of the afternoon and Cov took a 42-12 win and booked their place in Round Four.


Coventry Bears Game Live On Sunday

BBC Sport’s cameras are heading to Butts Park Arena for Coventry Bears v Distington in the third round of the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup on Sunday, February 25 (3.00pm).

Following impressive victories over Queens and Lock Lane, Cumbria Men’s League side, Distington, who are one of the lowest ranked sides left in the competition, will make the 460-mile round trip to Coventry for a game which will be shown live on the BBC Sport website.

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Coventry Bears Start With A Loss At Doncaster

Coventry Bears got their  League season off with a 70-10 defeat at Doncaster.

Cov travelled to the Keepmoat Stadium and took the lead in the fifth minute when Hayden Freeman went over in the corner.

The conversion was missed and Doncaster replied with two converted tries in the 8th and 12th minute.

Lewis Lord went over for the Bears in the 26th minute but Doncaster started to get their game together and Cov were 30-10 down at half-time.

Doncaster ran in a try in the 49th minute and another three minutes later before a mistake allowed the home side a try in the 62nd minute.

It was 52-10 in the 68th minute and three more tries for the home side with one disallowed for the Bears meant that it was a 70-10 defeat.


Cov Bears Well Beaten In Anniversary Game

Coventry Bears Rugby League team were beaten 14-70 by Leeds Rhinos tonight in a pre-season game which marked the Bears’ 20th anniversary of the club being formed in the city.

The Bears played in a black kit but could not stop the Super League champions and in front of a crowd of 1,294 at the Butts Park Arena, they went down to an expected defeat.

The Bears first competitive game of the new season is away to Doncaster on Sunday February 18th in a League Cup Round One game.