Scarborough Pirates coach Adam Lee is gearing up for his side’s ‘biggest ever game’ as they tackle Oulton Raiders in the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup later this month.
Lee’s Pirates have been handed a tough draw away at National Conference premier division outfit Raiders, but the player-coach remains confident that his side can produce some cup magic and pull of a major shock.
Lee said: “You see some of the magic of the FA Cup with smaller clubs pulling off shocks and this competition is very similar to that.
“This will probably be the biggest game most of the lads have ever played. We are going there full of confidence.
“They’re out of season, just like us, so it could be a good time to catch them cold and get the upset.”
Lee’s men are no strangers to the big occasion, and the player-coach is hoping his side can replicate their play-off success against Hunslet Parkside in September.
“That day in Castleford was brilliant, if we can get a similar support to that day at Oulton it will give us a huge boost.
“We’re not going to win it (the competition), but it’ll be a great experience for the lads to mix it with teams like Oulton.
“They’ll be a strong side but that doesn’t mean we won’t go there full of confidence.
“We always believe we can beat anyone and this will be no different.”
The game could be played on either Saturday January 31 or Sunday February 1, details will be confirmed shortly.