LEIGH Miners Rangers' proud record in the Silk Cut Challenge Cup will be put to the test tomorrow when they travel to meet one of the leading sides in the Northern Ford Premiership, Dewsbury Rams.

It's a tough challenge taking on the NFP Grand Final winners and Trans-Pennine Trophy holders - but not a daunting one for the reknown cup fighters from Twist Lane.

Coach Warren Ayres is under no illusion about what to expect. "Clearly we would have fancied our chances against a bottom four NFP side, but we are not overawed by what we face.

"We will prepare thoroughly, have confidence in our own ability and of cousre, have the rich tradition of Miners' sides before us in this competition."

Miners go into tomorrow's game at the Ram Stadium with some good form behind them and some experienced former professionals in their side. The centre/wing combination of Mark Sarsfield and Steve Cawley is an ex-Leigh RL pairing while wing Paul Shepherd and half-back Scott Hilton are another former Hilton Park duo. Centre Mark Hudspith joined in the summer from Swinton while second rowers Chris Flynn and Steve Flannery have played at Swinton and Salford respectively. Then there is the old warhorse in the front row, Mark Meadows who has seen service with Leigh, Oldham and Rochdale. And there is more talent throughout the team. Stand-off Mick Warburton is an amateur international while Matt Irwin and Johnny Light are also county and country representatives.

Others who will also figure strongly are Alan Coleman and GB Youth internationals Tommy Goulding and Paul Redford.