LEIGH Miners Rangers Challenge Cup tie against Stanningley is coming to BBC iPlayer on Saturday 27 January, as BBC Sport continues its live coverage of the 2024 competition.

And The Sportsman will continue to follow the fortunes of Orrell St James who, having defeated Haresfinch in front of the cameras in Round 1, take on York Acorn in another mouthwatering Roses clash 24 hours later (Sunday 28 January).

Saturday 27 January is already an extra-special day at Leigh Miners Rangers.

Past players from both Leigh Miners and the town’s professional club, Leigh Leopards, are coming together to remember the 1979 Challenge Cup match between the two sides – a first round clash almost 45 years to the day, which the professional club won 23-10.

Both Rangers and visitors Stanningley play in the first division of the National Conference League, which gets underway on Saturday 2 March.

This will be Rangers’ first hit-out of 2024, while Ashton Golding’s Stanningley side go into the game on the back of a resounding 40-4 first round win over South Wales Jets.

National Conference League Premier club York Acorn will also be playing their first game of 2024, against an Orrell St James outfit eyeing a big name scalp following their Round 1 win over fellow North West Counties League side Haresfinch.

Like several of the first round ties, both matches promise to be close encounters. Leigh Miners Rangers versus Stanningley will be streamed live on BBC iPlayer and BBC Sport online on Saturday 27 January from 12.20pm.

The Sportsman will stream Orrell St James versus York Acorn at 2pm on Sunday 28 January.

Betfred Challenge Cup Round 2.

(Saturday 27 January unless stated).

Clock Face Miners v Siddal (KO 1.30pm).

Doncaster Toll Bar v West Hull (KO 1.30pm).

Fryston Warriors v Hunslet ARLFC (KO 2pm).

Hammersmith Hills Hoists v Oulton Raiders (KO 5pm TBC).

Hull Dockers v Wath Brow Hornets (KO 2pm). Leigh Miners Rangers v Stanningley (KO 12.30pm).

Lock Lane v Edinburgh Eagles (KO 2pm).

Orrell St James v York Acorn (Sunday 28 January, KO 2pm).

Royal Navy v Thatto Heath Crusaders (Sunday 28 January KO 12.30pm TBC).

Wests Warriors v Rochdale Mayfield (KO 2pm).

A preview of a selection of Round 2 fixtures is available online. The 10 Round 2 winners be joined at Round 3 by 22 semi-professional clubs from the Betfred Championship and Betfred League One, with ties taking place over the weekend of 10/11 February. Widnes Vikings, 40 years on from their 1984 Wembley triumph, will host the draw for Rounds 3 and 4 of the competition on Monday 29 January at 6.30pm. This will be streamed live on BBC iPlayer. The Men's 2024 Betfred Challenge Cup Final is part of a Finals Day triple-header at Wembley Stadium on Saturday 8 June, alongside the finals of the Betfred Women's Challenge Cup and AB Sundecks 1895 Cup. Tickets are available online now from only £15 Adults and £7.50 Under 16s, with family packages also available starting from just £18.75 for one Adult and two Under 16s.