Cup holders next up after Bradford Dudley Hill dump out Saddleworth Rangers

Neil Wall was the hero for Hill with a late match-winner

Neil Wall was the hero for Hill with a late match-winner

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Wingman Neil Wall had the first and final say as Dudley Hill pulled off a shock 20-18 first-round win in the Conference Challenge Trophy at Saddleworth Rangers.

The burly Wall sent a clear message of Hill's intent when he crossed for the opener with only five minutes on the clock but the Oldham side – who operate a division higher than the Parry Laners in National Conference One – quickly replied with a converted try to reclaim the initiative.

Hill stuck to the task in hand with solid all-round rugby and went into the interval 10-6 up when Elliott Cousins, who looks to have found a niche for himself in the second row, powered his way to the chalk, leaving full back Simon Sewell to tag on the extras.

Rangers were quickly out of the blocks on the restart and posted two more converted touchdowns before the hour mark to leave their Bradford visitors in trouble at 18-10 behind.

However, hooker Kyle Carter lived up to his growing reputation as a try-poacher when he burrowed his way to the whitewash and it was game on at 18-16 when Sewell made sure of full reward.

The hosts looked to be on their way through to the next round as they hung on to their narrow lead deep into injury-time but Hill, with scrum half Andy Robinson calling the shots, created the chance for Wall to roar in for his brace to claim a memorable victory, which has been further enhanced with a plum home tie in the next round against holders Leigh Miners Rangers.

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