Shaw Cross Sharks and Thornhill Trojans were knocked out of the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup this weekend, despite spirited efforts away from home.

Both teams were handed tough ties in the second round of the competition, as Shaw Cross travelled to face Oulton, while Thornhill made the trip to play Pilkington Recs.

The Sharks were beaten 24-10 by Oulton Raiders. Their head coach, Zach Johnson, said: “I think there are more positives than negatives to take. Yes, we lost, but there are a lot of lads still getting used to our systems.

“The attacking shape is fundamental. We’ve implemented our defence, last week we conceded no points, today we conceded a couple, some off kicks and some off constant repeat in defence.

“Today was a good test to see where we are and I think it just highlights how much we need to improve our attack, but overall I’m still confident on how we’re going to perform this year.”

Thornhill were beaten 16-0 by Pilkington Recs, and saw three players sin-binned in the first half.

Man of the match for Trojans was Tom Gledhill.