YORK Acorn’s rearranged Coral Challenge Cup round three tie with Rochdale Hornets will now take place at the AJ Bell Stadium on Sunday (3pm kick-off).

The game was scheduled to be played on Sunday but, like many other rugby league matches, was postponed due to the effects of Storm Ciara.

With the potential risks to Rochdale’s home ground, the Crown Oil Arena, from more poor forecasted weather, the decision has been made to move the move to the AJ Bell Stadium - the home ground of last season’s Betfred Super League Grand Finalists Salford Red Devils.

Rochdale CEO Steve Kerr said on the Rochdale Hornets website: “We are concerned that a game at Spotland may not be possible due to forecasted weather and have therefore taken the pragmatic decision to ensure the game goes ahead.

“We want to get off to the best possible start and are paying respect to both the competition and York Acorn.

“I’d like to thank Ruth (Steenson, stadium manager) and her team at the AJ Bell for making the transition to move the game really easy.

“Fans of both teams should embrace this as a fantastic occasion.”

The tie sees National Conference League premier division outfit Acorn facing professional opposition in a competitive match for the first time since 2016, when they were beaten 66-0 by York City Knights at Bootham Crescent.

The full draw for round four was drawn at Halifax’s Shay Stadium on Monday evening, with the winner of this game being handed a home match against the British Army.

Ties in those rounds - which see Betfred Championship sides enter - will be played on either Saturday, February 22 or Sunday, February 23.