YORK Acorn ARLC missed out on a plum tie in the Coral Challenge Cup third round draw – but they have been handed a home game and the potential to reach round four.

Round three sees Betfred League One clubs enter the competition along with the community teams that progressed through the first two rounds.

Acorn, who went into the hat following a thrilling 9-8 victory at Cumbrian amateur giants Wath Brow Hornets, have not been paired with a semi-professional club, instead being handed a clash with Featherstone Lions – a fellow National Conference League first division outfit.

Nevertheless, the form that brought a comprehensive victory over Beverley in round one and the shock success against premier division side Wath Brow on Saturday could see Josh Mortimer’s men bag another victory and a place in round four – the stage at which Championship clubs including York City Knights enter.

Acorn memorably met the Knights at Bootham Crescent in front of a crowd of 2,293 at Bootham Crescent in a third round tie in 2016, and another money-spinning tie may await should the Thanet Road club see off the Lions.

The tie will take place at Thanet Road on the weekend of March 9-10 – probably on Saturday, March 9, to be confirmed.

The ties of the round are probably the all-League One affairs between London Skolars and North Wales Crusaders, and Doncaster and Coventry Bears.

Challenge Cup round 3 draw in full: Keighley Cougars v Distington, Oldham v Lock Lane, Thatto Heath v Rochdale Mayfield, Wigan St Jude’s v Haydock, Newcastle Thunder v West Wales Raiders, London Skolars v North Wales Crusaders, Hunslet v West Bowling, Workington Town v Siddal, York Acorn v Featherstone Lions, West Hull v Dewsbury Moor, Doncaster v Coventry Bears, Whitehaven v Wigan St Patrick’s.