This week the first team take a break from NCL action as they take on West Hull in the Challenge Trophy.

Thatto Heath progressed to quarter finals of the competition beating Oulton Raiders 36-10 whereas West Hull beat Wigan St. Judes 36-18.

Thatto Heath will take the slight psychological advantage into the match having already beaten the away side this year, a narrow 16-8 home win.

Moving into the cup competition league form can be thrown out of the window in a sense, the knockout threat will spur on both sides.

However, both sides share a pattern of indifferent results in the league.

West Hull have lost two and won two in their last four, including impressive wins over league leaders Siddal and a blowout win over Leigh Miners.

Their recent losses stand as a two point defeat to Wigan St. Pats and a five point defeat at the hands of Skirlaugh.

On the other hand, Thatto Heath couldn’t match Wath Brow as the Cumbrian side won 22-8. It would have made it three on the bounce for Thatto and given them much needed confidence ahead of another tough away trip.

Head Coach Richard Owen spoke about his sides recent game; “We needed to be more direct in our approach, quicker at the play the ball also, but overall their attitude beat us, we were out enthused.”

As the side prepares for another long away trip, Owen will be hoping his side take on the message and can come away with the win to give themselves a great chance at some silverware.